Anxiety Treatment and Stress Management

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a superpower! A superpower we can all (yes – even YOU) cultivate with a little practice. No, you don’t have to spend hours a day meditating to reap its benefits :

  • Higher brain functioning
  • Increased immune function
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Increased awareness
  • Increased attention and focus
  • Increased clarity in thinking and perception
  • Lowered anxiety levels
  • Experience of being calm and internally still
  • Experience of feeling connected
  • Better emotion regulation

Mindfulness helps us reduce anxiety and depression. Mindfulness teaches us how to respond to stress with awareness of what is happening in the present moment, rather than simply acting instinctively. By teaching awareness for one’s physical and mental state in the moment, mindfulness allows for more adaptive reactions to difficult situations.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? How can it help my anxiety?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective combination of talk therapy and behavioral therapy. CBT is a type of psychotherapy in which clients identify and reframe negative thinking patterns. Transforming one’s thoughts will ultimately result in positive actions and behaviors in difficult moments.
CBT can be extremely useful for anxiety disorders. During CBT, clients have the opportunity to work with a therapist to find the source of negative thinking and transform those thoughts into a positive, growth mindset. The ultimate goal of CBT is to replace negative thoughts and actions with productive behaviors that make the individual feel equipped to overcome any difficult moment.

What are the types of anxiety?

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – debilitating, excessive, unfocused worrying and anxiety. GAD can affect you cognitively, physically, and emotionally; including: unrealistic worries about health, finances, career, loved ones. These worries can leave you feeling wired, abdominal upsets, dizzy, irritable and unable to relax or sleep. Get relief from chronic worry with specialized counseling.

Social – feeling uncomfortable or fearful of social or public situations. These situations evoke intense anxiety and are often avoided. Many people fear they are being scrutinized or judged by others.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Affects approximately 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children in the U.S. Obsessions are intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or urge that cause distress or anxiety. Compulsions are behaviors that the person feels compelled to perform in order to ease their distress or anxiety or suppress the thoughts. Excessive hand washing. constantly checking or seeking reassurance. Unwanted or intrusive thoughts.