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North London Stress Management Centre.
Tel: 020 8444 4871
When we are experiencing events we would never in our wildest dreams have imagined taking place in our own lifetime, when we are forced to change our established routines and the familiarities which in many cases will never return to us in the same way, it is understandable that anxiety should take centre stage in our way of thinking. We ask ourselves what will happen to us and our loved ones, physically, financially, emotionally and we can’t escape. The virus is everywhere; it is with us when we think, when we speak, when we listen, when we breathe. What can be done? Who should we trust? Will we ever return to even a semblance of normality? These negative thoughts play havoc with us, making an already difficult situation even harder to face. We catastrophise about future events that probably won't even happen. We torture ourselves by imagining outcomes that may never come to pass.
Anxiety is broadly defined as a condition of agitation and distress; a complex emotional state typified by apprehension and dread. Sometimes, the sufferer cannot even specify what s/he is actually anxious about. The physical symptoms include, but are by no means exclusive to, heart palpitations, muscle tension, queasiness, dry mouth, trembling and sweating and can appear in different forms and at different levels of intensity. Anxiety can be brought on merely by thinking about a particular situation rather than experiencing it (as if the actual experience is not bad enough) Because they tend to become habitual, negative and frightening, thoughts can be difficult to identify.
If you feel that you are suffering from anxiety, you have almost certainly experienced these feelings for quite some time (even before Covid-19). It can be difficult to change the way you think but by no means impossible, and there are ways of helping you to overcome anxiety.
Saying this, before even reaching the stage of seeing a therapist, you can help yourself by first writing down your negative or frightening thoughts as soon as you feel them. If it's difficult to notice any thoughts, try asking yourself: ‘What was I thinking (or what thoughts were going through my mind) just before the anxiety attack? What was I feeling immediately before I started feeling anxious?’
Next, try challenging these thoughts. Ask yourself whether the thoughts are reasonable. Is the situation, even with the current pandemic, as bad as you are thinking? Is there really no hope for you? And does everyone share these thoughts? Could you possibly be making a big mistake in thinking the way you do? Are there any other explanations for you feeling anxious?
Psychotherapy can open many doors for you and is a highly recommended treatment which explores any underlying reasons for your condition and addresses them one by one utilising a number of techniques which will be explained during the initial consultation. Neuro-linguistic Programming, Power of NOW techniques, Gestalt psychology, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can provide you with ideas that counteract any negativity or anxiety. Hypnotherapy (where appropriate) is also a highly effective way of changing your condition, giving you hope and comfort in unsettling times.
We know we can help you. Contact us for a FREE consultation, and let us explain how we can work with you to change your life for the better. We look forward to hearing from you.