When anxiety is excessive, we may become easily overwhelmed, fearful, worried or have thoughts that are intrusive and repetitive. It can be hard to interrupt or stop anxious thoughts and this can interfere with sleep, appetite or your ability to stay connected socially with others.
Do you have thoughts like these racing in your head? It is normal to experience anxiety and worry from time to time as everyone does. Anxiety is a built-in internal guide that warns us of potential danger or threats that may cause physical or emotional harm. However, for some of us, anxiety gets stuck on overdrive and we become confused overly perceiving situations as threatening or scary. This can lead to chronic worry and interfere with our ability to function well, relax or enjoy life.
Worry can cause us to become preoccupied with thoughts about negative events we fear will occur or sometimes about things we have done. We may regret what we have said in past conversations and become overly worried about what other people think of us. There are many reasons why people worry. Anxiety could be stemming from past trauma, sadness over a loss, or a difficult transition. Maybe, we cannot remember a time when we were not anxious about something. Worrying can be a way to keep ourselves feeling safe and in control.
There is hope for chronic worrying. Through therapy, you can find a way to live a life where anxiety does not control you and you can find peace. While there are many approaches to managing anxiety, we will figure out what your anxiety is rooted in and what keeps it running like an out-of-control train.
Anxiety is often a way of masking or avoiding other emotions and when these emotions are uncovered, you may feel less worried. Oftentimes, people judge their feelings and try to control them. It is critical to accept and experience our feelings and tolerate unpleasant emotions. This, of course, involves processing and grieving what you have been avoiding, but you will realize there is a lot of peace in doing so. You will learn you can handle your emotions and will not break or fall apart.