Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Lorraine Balfe MA MBACP (Accred.) UKRCP Reg.Ind. Counsellor/Psychotherapist
21st September, 20140 Comments
Anyone suffering from anxiety can confirm how it can control your life and reduce your involvement with people and activities. The thing about anxiety is that once it has a grip, you can begin to become anxious about being anxious and form a vicious circle about attempting anything new or even about continuing with past activities. Sometimes, the fear of becoming anxious can take over from the original trigger and the person feels stuck.
Sometimes, the fight against anxiety becomes too much and the person has to go on medication or on sick leave. Counselling can help, psychotherapy can help, mindfulness training can help and acceptance can help.
What do we mean by acceptance? Instead of fighting anxiety, come to understand it and how it has developed in your life. Look at what message you are giving to yourself and why? Accept the message and learn how to decode it. Learn how to relax and put it into place. Do you need to talk it all through with an experienced therapist? It can be difficult to get out of the anxiety maze alone.
It's our job to listen to where you are in the maze and to facilitate your process so that you find your way out of the vicious circle.
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