Do you often feel a constant sense of worry? Do you wonder what your life would be like without anxious thoughts or feelings entering your mind?

Anxiety can often look different for many individuals. Anxiety may present as an overwhelming feeling of stress, frequent thoughts that keep replaying in your head, or an overall sense of worry.  It can occur at any time and affect your ability to emotionally engage and physically be present in your day to day life. It may cause problems in other areas, such as sleep, relationships, work, and relaxation. Anxiety can occur for many reasons: work pressure, worry about the future, or stress with family and friends.  Sometimes events such as a loss, medical concerns, or world events, can really stick with us and lead to more intense experiences with anxiety. Counseling can be a beneficial tool when navigating anxiety and its root causes by providing you with a space to process, discover, and strategize how to engage with life’s anxieties.

How does my overall health impact my mood? 

Health concerns can have a strong impact on our emotions and ability to face the daily emotional burdens of life. Health concerns can bring about stress, worry, anxiety, depression, and many more emotional responses. Health concerns can create intense responses emotionally and physically. Sometimes, stress and exposure to intense events can get stuck in the body, creating strong physiological responses such as shaking, racing heart, nightmares, headaches, loss of feeling in hands, difficulty regulating body temperature, dizziness, and fainting. Chronic health conditions can be exhausting and take an emotional toll on you and your family. Working on how your emotions and health are related can help you feel hope as you navigate through the pain and stress of acute and chronic health concerns.

How does identity development impact my anxiety?

Self-discovery and major life transitions can often leave you feeling unbalanced and overwhelmed. During these times, emotions can fluctuate and impact how we feel about ourselves and others. These shifts in our lives can at times be unpredictable and non-linear. Oftentimes, we find comfort in the familiar patterns of our life, making such changes difficult to manage. When life transitions or deep self-exploration happens, it can be both freeing and terrifying at the same time. During these times, a stable support structure can be essential. Family, friends, work, and even the counseling relationship can be great supports. By having some consistency during these shifts in life, you are better situated to navigate your ever-changing life in a meaningful and safe way.

What is the relationship between mental health and substance use? 

Substances and mental health have a very strong relationship with one another. Oftentimes, substances are used in an effort to cope with emotional, relational, or mental health concerns. However, frequent use of substances may serve not to alleviate, but to exacerbate mental health concerns and negatively impact various areas of life. Finding alternative coping strategies and mechanisms of managing mental health symptoms can be powerful in dealing with substance use concerns. While doing so can be a long and difficult journey, we are here to help you navigate these concerns and find approaches that help you be successful in reaching your goals.

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