Anxiety feels awful. It’s that tightness in the chest, knot in the stomach and a dreadful sense of panic and fear that gets in the way of enjoying life. Often anxiety is debilitating. It freezes us and restricts life until we feel we can’t move. We can feel trapped, with no options for happiness or relief. Fear and our readiness to fight or take flight are normal sensations and reactions unless they interfere with our capacity to function in life. As with depression, anxiety and its effects are very individual.
In therapy we can explore what triggers anxiety in a safe and confidential environment. We can talk openly about the assumptions and expectations that inform our anxious patterns of behaviour and assess how valid these are now or whether they limit us in living as well as we can.
“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ― Jodi Picoult