Reducing Anxiety & Stress

Are you suffering from any of the following symptoms?

  • Stress
  • Burn-out
  • Fears that don’t respond to common sense
  • Racing thoughts
  • Panic attacks
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension or shakiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Heart palpitations and chest pain
  • Stomach pain or digestion problems

I can help you Reduce Anxiety & Cope with Stress

Anxiety and Stress Are Different, But Both are Painful

Stress is the normal response to pressures in our environment. Being chased by a tiger, work deadlines, looming bills, traffic, challenges in raising kids and addressing relationship glitches can all create stress. Normal stress peaks and then goes away when the problem is gone. Having a little stress is to be expected and is okay. But when we have a lot of on-going stress, it can be crippling.

Anxiety is not always related to a clear and present danger. For some people, anxiety is a pervasive, free-floating sense of worry, dread, hyper-vigilance, and and inability to just relax and take things as they come. Anxiety is often future focused — worrying about what might happen.  Anxiety can also be very specific: like the fear of social gatherings and feelings from past traumas that are sparked by recent events. There are several kinds of anxiety disorders, some of which are debilitating.

  • Stress and anxiety are not the sole problem. It’s how we deal with them that creates problems in our lives.
  • The good news is that you can learn simple skills that will help you deal effectively with stress and anxiety.
  • When you have effective coping skills your level of pain goes down and quality of life goes up.

Ways of Treating Anxiety:

  • Talk about what’s bothering you, rather than ignoring it.
  • Stop using coping skills that are NOT working.
  • Use problem-solving skills and behavior changes to deal with stress and fix problems that are within your control.
  • Use a wide variety of coping skills to deal with the problems in life that you have no control over.
  • Moderate exercise.
  • Being social, not isolated.
  • Good nutrition and sleep.
  • Mindfulness and meditation.
  • Focusing on the good in life.
  • Explore biochemical causes of anxiety. Consider alternative medicine, like Acupuncture. Consider prescription drugs.

How I will Work with You:

  • In our weekly meetings, I will help you stay focused and motivated to understand your anxiety and, most importantly, make changes to your habits that create stress and anxiety.
  • I will teach you specific skills to reduce the pain of stress and anxiety.
  • I will help you confront and solve your current life problems.
  • I will use the most effective techniques available to help you resolve, or cope with, specific anxiety disorders.
  • I will help you contact local experts on alternative and western medicine so you can explore medical options for treating anxiety.

For more information or to make an appointment,
please call (805) 267-0807
or email me at megan@HumanNatureCounseling.com.

Learn more about stress and anxiety and how to overcome them:

The Value of Exercise
How to Manage Your Stress
23 1/2 Hours
Web MD’s Guide to Anxiety Disorders
Web MD’s Guide to Stress Management