Stress is a natural (and necessary) part of the human experience. Yet life seems unusually challenging these days. Our jobs are more demanding than ever. Expenses pile up. Our spouses, children, or other loved ones need our attention. Complex laws and rules govern our lives. Then there are unexpected events, like the COVID-19 pandemic and various kinds of social unrest.
So, if you're feeling overwhelmed, you're not alone. Stress and anxiety counseling can help you keep all the plates in your life spinning, without feeling so emotionally burdened.
When Is It Time to See a Therapist About Stress or Anxiety?
A clear sign that you have too much stress is when it starts affecting your ability to function. If stress leaves you too irritable to enjoy time with your spouse and kids, for example, then it may be worth seeking help.
The symptoms of stress also may make it hard to concentrate or perform at work. You may be feeling burnt-out or constantly tense because of anxiety regarding your job performance. Anxiety can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, causing you to make mistakes you might not otherwise make.
In addition, the symptoms of stress can be physical. Stomach aches, headaches, backaches, and respiratory problems can be indications of excessive stress or anxiety. In some cases, these symptoms can turn into panic attacks.
A counselor can help you determine whether your symptoms are related to stress, anxiety, or a different condition, which will ensure that you get the help you need.
How Does Anxiety Counseling Work?
The first step in anxiety counseling is to help you pinpoint the specific anxieties that are troubling you. Chronic stress can create interlocking problems that don't have simple solutions. For example, you may find that your heart races and your body tenses up even when you're not aware of an obvious stress trigger. Your counselor will help you identify doable strategies you can use to manage your anxiety levels.
How Long Does Anxiety Counseling Take?
Everyone is different. Some people start to see noticeable improvements in their stress and anxiety after just a session or two, simply because they walk out of therapy with more coping mechanisms. Some might need 3-6 months to see significant, lasting results.
It's important for you to keep track of how you're feeling throughout the process, and to discuss your progress with your therapist. Any reduction in your stress or anxiety can help you become happier and more productive, which means that even the early stages of the process can be very beneficial.
Feel free to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation at no charge to find out if stress and anxiety counseling is right for you.