Help for Anxiety

Posted on July 1, 2011

What causes anxiety?  I have found that the “unknown” can be a cause of anxiety and can actually hold people back from moving forward into their dreams and desires for life.

I see anxiety in seniors heading to college, in friends who are changing jobs, in couples’ who are having their first child, and in those who move to new cities.  Any change in life, even exciting changes like having a baby, is also an opportunity for anxiety to take over.  To some extent anxiety is helpful because it encourages forward movement and new opportunity to grow.  The problem arises when you feel so anxietious, it stops movement and paralyzes change in its tracks.

Below is a list of suggestions to help in overcoming anxiety accompanied by life change.

  1. Take deep breaths and clear your mind when you feel an increase in anxiety.
  2. Tell someone you trust about your fears and ask them to listen to how you feel.
  3. Make a list of all your past accomplishments, moments that make you proud, and positive characteristics of yourself.  From this list, what can you use in your next stage of life that will allow you to accomplish what it is that you want to accomplish?
  4. Ask others what they think about you.  What would they compliment?
  5. See if any of your close friends or family members has also experienced anxiety about a life change.  Ask them how they managed their anxiety and moved into a new life phase.
  6. Trust that in time you will adjust to the change.  Be mindful that all new experiences come with a little fear and anxiety, but with encouragement and support from others, anxiety will only be temporary.

 If you are in the middle of a life change and feel that your anxiety has reached an unsafe level, I encourage you to speak with a counselor in your area.  A counselor will be able to help you identify the roots of your anxiety and will support you in the time of change.

Kristie L. Watts, LMFTA

Kristie Watts is a Marriage and Family Therapy Resident at Groff and Associates Counseling.  Her passions are grief and loss, parent/child relationships, and pregnancy related struggles.  If you are interested in seeing a counselor and think that Kristie may be a good fit, please contact her at kristie@groffandassociates.com .

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