How Psychotherapy Helps Those Who Deal with Anxiety
- by Brian King
For many people, anxiety is a normal reaction to many life events that are considered source that threatening or overwhelming: problems at work, in relationships, with children, at school, in social life, as well as on social networking sites. These changes increase your strength and resilience, speed up your reaction time and improve your focus, preparing you to fight or flee the threat (real or imagined). This response allows you to stay focused, energetic, alert and, at times, alive.
This may seem obvious, but especially with regular, familiar tasks such as washing or driving, it is easy for your attention to be diverted and remain in the past or future, in quirky situations or non-specific, automated mental chatter. When this happens, your understanding of what is happening and what you are doing diminishes. You spend time in thoughts instead of authentic experience. However, here and now is the real home and being there has many additional benefits. In this case, psychotherapy is what you need. Let us take a dive into what this therapy provides for those who struggle with anxiety.
Helps Cultivate Attention
Attention is the best way to be. It is about being grounded, being aware of yourself, your surroundings and the people around you. As your horizons expand, multiple impressions provide you with useful feedback on what is happening and allow you to make better decisions and take more effective action. Being attentive and giving others your full attention is also key to building and maintaining good relationships. Most importantly, it empowers you to live an intentional life.
But just as an experienced surfer does not control the tides but masters the art, one can also determine the best way to deal with challenges how to steer your course and the currents of life in a way that is personally meaningful to you. You have free will in how you respond to circumstances. But if you choose your responses, the rewards are good: inner freedom and self-control.
Helps Set Your Goal
When people or scenarios disappoint you, evaluate the truth of that situation and re-evaluate your expectations accordingly. Revisions and re-evaluations of what can reasonably be expected are part of everyday life. However, some people today try to avoid possible consequences by censoring their fantasies in advance: I always expect the worst, so that when something terrible happens, it won’t hit me so hard. Other men and women avoid optimism because they fear that they won’t be able to cope if things go wrong: if I don’t expect much, I won’t be disappointed. It is a strange logic that makes use of some superstition: in the hope of feeling bad later, they prefer not to feel good today.
Helps Enjoy Your Uniqueness
Can you love the you that you are? It is a mixture of different aspects that make up your uniqueness. You don’t have to settle for the way others do things if it doesn’t suit you. You are the centre of your life, and the more you are the real you, the more you can move forward. Stressful situations can also make you rethink your life path. For example, after traumatic encounters, many men and women try to share their wisdom and knowledge for the benefit of others. By focusing on problems that are bigger than themselves, they try to contribute something of value to the planet and themselves.
Helps Set Priority
A goal provides a path for life, you know exactly what you want to express or achieve, and you seek the means to achieve it. It is ok that plan is different from a target. A goal refers to the path to be followed, while intentions are the stations along the way. Once the direction you take is meaningful and rewarding to you, your life has meaning. The search for meaning and purpose can be triggered by internal questioning or external changes. Usually, people are very sure of what they no longer need, but they have not yet found exactly what they want. For example, a businessman who has worked hard to achieve financial stability and when he does, he sells the business. Travelling the world or going to the gym is fun, but the question is: what exactly do you have to do for the rest of your life that will satisfy you?.
For many people, anxiety is a normal reaction to many life events that are considered source that threatening or overwhelming:…