Has Your Life Been Taken Over By Toxic Worry?
Do you have trouble managing your work-life balance? Do you constantly feel stressed or anxious? Perhaps you feel like there’s not enough time in the day and struggle to handle all of your responsibilities.
You may discover that you’re more irritable than you used to be. Have you found yourself snapping at friends and family members more often? Maybe little inconveniences that wouldn’t have bothered you before now create feelings of anger and frustration.
Or perhaps you’ve been more depressed and listless recently. You might feel like you’re wasting time working on projects that aren’t directly related to your job. And it’s possible you’ve started ignoring more enjoyable pastimes because you’re so concerned about your other responsibilities.
You may even be experiencing physical symptoms, such as trouble falling and staying asleep due to racing thoughts. Or perhaps you’ve experienced heart palpitations and chest pain with no discernible cause.
Thinking about the future may feel overwhelming. And thus, at this point, you probably wish you could handle the situations presented to you in a calmer manner and reclaim control over your emotions.
Many People Struggle With Anxiety
About 18.1 percent of adults in the US struggle with an anxiety disorder. Moreover, anxiety is something we all experience. Even people without a disorder can feel overwhelmed and stressed to the point where their lives are disrupted.
Many of our problems with stress relate to difficulty maintaining a healthy balance between life and other obligations. In fact, regarding the quality of work-life balance, the US is currently ranked only 30th out of 38 countries. This poor ranking is due to a number of factors, from societal pressure to long commutes.
People need to have a way to relax. When leisure time is taken away, responsibilities can become overwhelming, making it difficult to get things done. The constant stress from a heavy workload can cause a number of physical issues, such as heart problems, and also allows anxiety and depression to set in.
But sometimes you may feel like you can’t let go of the responsibilities you already have—after all, you have bills to pay. Even if you feel overwhelmed, you may not know what to do about it.
Thankfully, there’s a solution that allows you to handle the stressors you face in everyday life. Mindfulness practices can be incredibly beneficial to anyone struggling with feelings of anxiety and can help you face your problems with calmness and clarity.
Mindfulness Therapy Can Help You Handle Anxiety
Mindfulness is an incredibly effective form of therapy for dealing with anxiety and stress. The idea is that it allows you to focus on the present, not the past or future, which can help you calm down and look at situations more objectively.
Mindfulness is a non-judgmental form of therapy. There’s no requirement to talk about what you’ve been dealing with. Instead, the focus is on teaching you strategies to handle your anxiety in real-life situations.
I offer a warm, encouraging space where you can begin learning these mindfulness practices. My approach to therapy is person-centered; the primary goal is to help you in your unique situation, whatever that may look like.
When we start mindfulness therapy, I will begin by teaching you the basics of being mindful. We will begin with focusing on your breathing—something that is very grounded in the present. After all, people don’t often worry about the breaths that have past or the ones that will come in the future. By focusing on your breathing, you can calm yourself and temporarily remove worries from your mind.
Once you have calmed yourself down, you can also look at the situation more objectively. This allows you to address the problems troubling you in a way that doesn’t cause unnecessary stress.
Mindfulness is wonderful because it’s a way to attend to your emotions again. It teaches you that you can attend to these feelings and situations without anxiety, and it gives you the tools you need to manage them anywhere.
As a long-time practitioner of mindfulness techniques, I am very familiar with how useful they can be. I am a professional pastoral counselor and licensed psychotherapist and have been using mindfulness practices to help others deal with their anxiety for over 20 years. And I often use mindfulness in my everyday life to help focus and calm myself.
Overcoming anxiety isn’t always easy, but it’s not something you have to struggle with on your own. By using mindfulness practices, you can finally be free of toxic worry and handle your life situation in a peaceful way.
You may still have reservations about mindfulness therapy…
I’ve tried other forms of therapy before. How do I know this will work?
Numerous studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of mindfulness. In fact, it’s been connected with workplace success and has a proven effect on reducing anxiety. A lot of people have experienced the positive effects of mindfulness and practice it in their everyday lives to help them balance their emotions.
I don’t have time to engage in these techniques.
Mindfulness is unique in that it can be done anywhere, from your morning commute to your office. You can spend five minutes on it or twenty. Once you have grasped the techniques, it hardly takes any time out of your day to use them to calm yourself down and focus on what’s going on around you.
Isn’t mindfulness just another version of prayer?
While prayer and mindfulness practices are very similar, they aren’t quite the same. Prayer is communication; mindfulness is just focusing on the present. It’s not about your relationship with God; it’s about your relationship with yourself. This means that it can be practiced by anyone, regardless of their religious affiliation.
You Can Be Free Of Toxic Worry With Mindfulness Therapy
If you are ready to be free of stressors and control your anxiety, then please call me at 929-269-2139. I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation to answer any questions you may still have. Anxiety doesn’t have to control you. With the help of therapy, you can start managing stress and find peace in your daily life.