Exhausted? How Therapy for Anxiety Keeps Worry from Wearing You Out
Worry is work. Hard work.
And if you do it all the time, you’re likely to feel worn out from all the stress, fear, and upset your anxious thoughts cause you. Anxiety and exhaustion often work together to keep you from your ideal life and best future.
Prolonged anxiety often leads to mental fatigue and physical frustration. Essentially, racing thoughts and inner chatter overwhelm your nervous system. Your body’s ability to relax and rest naturally is stilted or suppressed. Consequently, an elevated pulse, shortness of breath, and tense muscles often result and remain. These become a new “normal” and an extremely unhealthy state of being.
The need to address the reasons for your anxiety can not be overstated. Why?
First of all, because no one can go on living in fight or flight mode indefinitely. Not without wearing out. And secondly, if worry won’t let you calm down, only two outcomes are possible: 1) fix the problem with therapy for anxiety or 2) sadly, experience a slow, debilitating burnout.
Opt for healthy therapy and full recovery.
Therapy helps slow down your anxious thoughts and responses for acknowledgment, examination and empowered self- acceptance.
Stuffing, ignoring, hiding, or avoiding anxious thoughts is an extremely tiring set of mental processes. It is hard work not dealing with anxiety. It’s exhausting being anxious and exhausting pretending you’re not anxious.
Therapy sessions encourage dedicated time for self-awareness and clarity. Fear of the unknown and worry about your inability to cope with the uncertainties of life often cloud thinking and ramp up stress. Also, having therapeutic help tempers self-comprehension, improves self-esteem, and promotes the use of useful life tools.
You afford yourself the opportunity to address your own needs and shape your own point of view as a therapist helps you face fear and worry. Moreover, it can be extremely satisfying to finally focus on yourself.
Therapy provides a grounded framework by which to gain perspective about your internal experience. Examination of difficult thoughts and challenging emotions is freeing. It is through this process that you can achieve the insight and clarity needed to make positive changes in your life. Thus, you feel less at the mercy of life and more in charge of it. This is much more energizing than exhausting.
Therapy provides a supportive environment that encourages healthy responses, improved resiliency, and productive interaction. The environment is often a crucial aspect of anxious behavior. Feeling unsafe or over-exposed is fairly common for anxious people. How often does a room seem claustrophobic, too wide open, or full of strange, judgmental people? How many times have you resisted leaving your home or trying something new because you feared your worry would embarrass you or ruin a loved one’s enjoyment?
Therapy is an excellent way to claim space, engage, and obtain the skills you need to deal with anxiety safely and supported. Your therapist is on your side, attuned to your needs, and willing to help you find ways to face uncertainty productively. In addition, learning stress reduction through breath work, body awareness, journaling, skills mastery and more, helps you learn to capture your thoughts and isolate bodily responses.
Furthermore, therapy promotes growth and development rather than indulging your old tendencies toward shame or problematic relationships that exacerbate stress and exhausting exchanges. Again, all of this puts you back in control, effectively slowing down that draining flight response.
Don’t wait until you’re completely exhausted and totally burned out before seeking help.
When you allow your therapist to help you with anxiety, your nervous system will start to rebound. Prevention and prompt attention are the keys to avoiding feeling worn out by anxiety.
Act now to get to the core causes of your anxiety. Be well and live life well-rested.
About me: I am Susan Chanderbhan, Ph.D., a therapist in Houston, Texas. I help people who are struggling in different areas of their lives gain the clarity they need to grow and change. To read more about therapy, visit my website: http://www.chandpsych.com/services/individual-treatment/