Based on World Health Organization’s statistics, around 4% of the world’s population suffers from anxiety-related issues. The data reflects an estimate of 284 million people globally dealing with anxiety disorders. Each one of us has experienced some sort of anxiety regarding a situation or event at some or the other point in our lives. It is our body’s natural response to fear or danger, whether real or perceived. Although, it is only when the anxiety seems disproportionate to the situation at hand, and severely begins to impact our physical and mental health – or life in general, that one needs to seek help from a professional to effectively manage it before it takes control of their life.
The terms stress and anxiety are often used interchangeably, and they include mostly similar symptoms but they are different in the sense that anxiety can even occur without any obvious trigger, unlike stress, that has a specific scenario attached to it.
Flight or Fight Response
Anxiety is characterised by the fight-or-flight response which is our body’s natural reaction to frightening or stressful situations. The perceived threat activates the sympathetic nervous system resulting in triggers that manifest themselves physiologically. Common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Increased heart rate or heart palpitations
- Excessive fear or worry
- Irritability and anger
- Sweaty or cold hands, or tingling sensations in hands or feet
- Sleeping problems
- Feelings of panic or danger
- Dry mouth
- Cycles of rumination
- Shortness of breath and breathing faster than normal
- Digestive issues, among others.
Emotional Counselling for Anxiety
It can be extremely difficult to live with anxiety that is persistent and affects your relationships, career and overall health. There are several forms of treatment available to help people with their anxiety issues. Carefully researched and applied forms of therapy like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, psychotherapy etc. have been known to best work for anxiety disorders like Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder.
While therapies and medications are recommended in the case of an anxiety disorder diagnosis and are long-term, emotional counselling forms the first stage of treatment for anxiety. The counsellor at CuroMinds will recommend you to a psychiatrist or psychotherapist or a trained professional if they feel you need deeper support for your problems. Regardless of the fact, here are some ways emotional counselling can help in managing your anxiety:
- Offering techniques to be mindful of the present and recognizing your thoughts as they come.
- Teaching breathing techniques that help you to calm down in an anxious state. This goes hand-in-hand with mindfulness.
- Your counsellor can also recommend exercise and following a healthy sleep cycle.
- Identifying how certain emotions trigger anxiety in your body and exploring them.
- Allowing space for listening, compassion and non-judgement.
Going about your day-to-day life can be really challenging when you have severe anxiety to deal with – something that impacts almost every aspect of your life. With the help of emotional counselling at CuroMinds, you are offered space to talk your feelings out, explore ways to reduce symptoms of anxiety amidst a trigger and learn techniques to manage its overall impact on your life. CuroMinds provides the best emotional counselling in Jaipur and offers its help to the people who live in other states by online emotional counselling.