The American lifestyle has become so over saturated with stimuli: work, school, social media, the internet, kids, spouses, friends, deadlines--the list of the average person's daily responsibilities can be overwhelming.
It's all too common that our wellness and mental health needs end up taking a back seat to everything else in life. However, if we fail to take a moment to "mind ourselves", stress can accumulate to a dangerous level before we are even aware of it.
Everyone reacts differently to challenges and stress. Anxiety and depression, whether they are occurring concurrently or separately, can become serious obstacles for the person who is dealing with them.
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, you may find that you relate to some of the descriptions below. Read more to learn about how counseling at Minding You can help you beak the cycle of your anxiety and/or depression.
Your body feels as tense as a tight rope, and you just can't turn off the endless noise in your head. Anxiety might make you irrational, even when you know you're being irrational. Anxiety is a pit in your stomach that keeps you up at night, worrying months before it matters. As anyone suffering from anxiety knows, living like this can be like torture.
Are you having to put on your "happy face" day after day? Those experiencing it know how tiring it can be to live with depression. It can be a struggle just to muster the motivation to get out of bed in the morning. It may seem like all your efforts are hopeless and your self esteem may be nonexistent.
The aches and pains, the lack of energy, and the feeling that you are helpless to do anything about it, can make getting through just one day with depression totally exhausting.
At Minding You, we can teach you the tools to help cope with anxiety and/or depression, as well as the stress of everyday demands. As you and your therapist explore the symptoms you experience and their sources, your therapist will help you learn to identify irrational thinking and teach you how to redirect that energy into more productive, healthier thoughts and beliefs.
This is a central component to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an approach we utilize in therapy that has been celebrated as a highly functional tool in the treatment of both anxiety and depression.
Using the CBT approach, you will learn structured coping techniques; you can learn to re-frame your destructive thinking patterns; and evaluate and adapt your behaviors so that they better align with your personal core values and beliefs.
Furthermore, in learning about the reasons behind why you are experiencing what you are experiencing, you and your therapist will discover what is controllable and uncontrollable in both your inner and outer environment. This will help you in figuring out what you can do to help yourself.
At Minding You, we also explore some Mindfulness techniques and practices which you can use anytime to help you get back to where you'd like to be. Mindfulness Practices, such as structured breathing exercises and simple meditation, can help you become more aware of your mind-body connection, better understand your needs, and develop your stress resistance.
A meaningful counseling relationship can help bring the light back in to your life. Take a step towards reclaiming your wellness and call Minding You today.
"There is hope, even when your brain tell you there isn't."
- John Green