Almost every day for you begins the same: your es fly open, your brain turns ON, and a flood of worry rushes in. Quite often you wake in the middle of the night, and the flood begins so quickly that you can’t get back to sleep. Your brain is constantly on the go, thinking and rethinking, but never getting anywhere. You are convinced this analyzing will help you solve problems, but it never does. It feels like your brain is on high alert, pointing out every little thing that might GO wrong or BE wrong.
Maybe you’ve always been an achiever with high standards for yourself, but the perfectionism has become unmanageable lately. No matter how hard you try and how much you do, it never seems to be enough. You are your worst critic, and it’s just too much.
You can’t relax, you aren’t getting enough sleep, and it’s starting to interfere with important areas of your life. You’re irritable and having trouble focusing. Physically, you may notice that you are tense, achy, lightheaded, and having digestive problems or difficulty breathing. You’ve even wondered if you’re having a heart attack at times.
You just want to escape and avoid
And most days, you do just that. Sometimes you self-medicate with alcohol, cigarettes, food, your phone, or other behaviors, and this seems to help numb the worry a bit. But not as much or for as long as you’d like.
Perhaps your worry is about social situations, and you try to avoid doing things or talking to people for fear of embarrassment. You spend way more time than you’d like thinking of all the ways things could go wrong for you in upcoming situations. You think about all the things that HAVE gone wrong in past situations. This “woulda, coulda, shoulda” thinking has taken over your life and you’re starting to feel like a failure.
You’re not living the life you want
You know you haven’t been taking the best care of yourself lately. You wonder if this is anxiety, or if you just haven’t been handling stress well. Others have noticed it, too. All you know for sure is that you’re exhausted, and there appears to be no end in sight.
But you don’t have to keep living in this state of frazzled nerves! The truth is you CAN feel more relaxed, calm, and in charge of your life. Learning ways to manage these uncomfortable symptoms yourself can give you a powerful feeling of manageability over your life.
How therapy can help
I have 20 years of experience helping people with anxiety, perfectionism, and stress and worry. I also understand the intense pressures of life in a fast-paced city like Plano, TX, whether you are a professional, a parent, or a stay-at-home mom. It’s so easy to get caught up in this chaos, and to feel like you’re drowning. I can teach you techniques to calm your mind and body, so that you can find a calm space to focus on the things that really matter. Together we will explore triggers for your worry, and create a plan to help make changes in how you live and how you think, so that you will no longer just react to life… you will COPE AHEAD and do it well.
I will teach you some of the most powerful and effective skills for managing stress and retraining your brain to be less anxious and respond to stress better. It’s such an empowering feeling to learn you can do this on your own!
Perhaps you’ve already spoken to a doctor about these problems, and they’ve prescribed medication. Medications can help, and they are often the first thing people turn to for help with anxiety. But medication alone won’t teach you how to manage the anxiety better, and it might leave you feeling uncomfortably reliant on something external to feel better. For those who experience very high levels of distress and find it almost impossible to calm themselves, medication can calm your brain enough so that you can better use the techniques I teach in therapy.
If you are ready to explore how counseling can help you conquer your stress, anxiety, and worry contact me at 469-850-2420 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation. I specialize in generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety, as well as perfectionism, and chronic worry. My office is in Plano, Texas, and conveniently located near Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Prosper, The Colony, Little Elm, Addison, North Dallas, and Richardson.