We can all feel worried and anxious from time to time, but for some people anxiety begins to rule their lives.
So how do I know if I am a "worrier" or have anxiety? Think about how you've been over the last 2 weeks.
Maybe this might help you decide:
Do you feel nervous, anxious and on edge most or nearly all of the last 2 weeks?
Not being able to stop or control your worrying?
Do you worry about a lot of things?
Do you have trouble relaxing and sitting still?
Do you get irritable and annoyed easily?
Are you worried that something awful might happen?
If you have answered Yes to all of these questions and felt anxious most or nearly all of the time over the last 2 weeks or longer then you may well have anxiety. If this has started to affect and impact severely on your life and enjoyment then it's time to get some help. Perhaps those close to you have suggested this to you as well?
You may have tried helpful techniques such as relaxation, meditation, distracting yourself, taking exercise, taking herbal remedies, massage, talking to family or friends or seen your own doctor and been given medication. These strategies may be helping you from a little to a lot.
I guess if you are reading this blog article then you have had enough of feeling this way and are actively considering approaching a counsellor to get to the bottom of why you have been feeling this way for so long?
Counselling and psychotherapy can offer you a safe, supportive and professional way to explore your anxiety and work with you to help alleviate your distress.
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