How to Get Anxiety Help and Feel Like Yourself Again



If you're struggling with anxiety, you're not alone. Not only have anxiety levels risen in the past year due to the pandemic, but even before that, anxiety is something that everyone feels from time to time. And while that may be slightly comforting to know that you're not alone, simply knowing others struggle with anxiety isn't going to help you either. At The NEST Clinic in Stillwater, we want to help provide you with anxiety help so you can feel better and live your best life.


As you read through the information below, we want to encourage you not to compare your situation to that of another person. It can be easy to think that you're problems/struggles/challenges aren't "as bad" as what someone else is going through. If you're constantly making these comparisons, you may delay or avoid getting the anxiety help you need. And we don't want you to do that.


Like it says above, anxiety is something that anyone can experience. You don't need to have an anxiety disorder or any other diagnosable mental or physical health disorder to benefit from getting help. So, keep an open mind as you learn more about how to get anxiety help.


Is there a difference between stress and anxiety?


Sometimes the words stress and anxiety are used interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing.


Stress is caused by external circumstances. If you feel stressed, there is something around you that's the root of the issue. It could be that you have tight deadlines at work, too busy of a schedule, or not enough paycheck left to cover the bills for the month. There is an endless number of things that can cause you stress. But in the end, when the "circumstance" changes, the stress goes away.


Anxiety, on the other hand, while can be linked with excessive worrying, also can seem to be caused by nothing at all. And while stress is short-term, anxiety can linger.


Signs of anxiety


There are many symptoms of stress and anxiety that you may experience. Not everyone feels exactly the same way. But, here are some of the common signs of anxiety:

  • Feeling nervous

  • Feeling like something bad is going to happen

  • Rapid breathing and heart rate

  • Sweating

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

  • Problems with your digestion (upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea)

  • Constant worrying

  • Difficulty concentrating

Those are some of the common symptoms of anxiety that you may feel, but what does it look like in your life? You may notice some of the following as a result of anxiety:

  • A decline in work performance

  • Failing to meet deadlines

  • Being irritable with family members and friends

  • Overanalyzing conversations and situations from your day

  • Not wanting to be around people if you don't have to be

  • Canceling plans

  • Feeling like the world around you is overwhelming

Anxiety can make daily life far more difficult than it needs to be. As you can see, it doesn't just impact the way you think, it also impacts the way you feel physically. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to treat anxiety so you don't need to stay stuck feeling like that.


Causes of anxiety


People often want to know what's causing anxiety in their lives. There are times it can be helpful to learn what triggers your anxiety so you can do what you can to avoid or overcome the triggers. But you may not know what's causing your anxiety.

There are many different things that can cause anxiety. Some examples include:

  • Mental health disorders such as a Panic Disorder or Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Phobias

  • Symptom of a medical illness

  • Trauma

  • Family history of mental illness

  • Stressful life situations

Working with a therapist can help you get to the root of what's causing your anxiety. This may help in customizing a treatment plan to work for your specific situation.


Ways to reduce anxiety


There are many ways to reduce anxiety on your own and many ways that a mental health professional can help you with your anxiety.

Some common anxiety-reducing strategies you can try on your own include:

  • Keeping a gratitude journal

  • Saying self-affirmations on a regular basis

  • Eating a healthy diet

  • Getting regular exercise

  • Connecting with your support group (family and friends)

  • Deep breathing exercises

The strategies above are great ones for everyone to know and put into practice in their lives. But there are many times when those strategies alone aren't enough to help you overcome anxiety. During these times, it's best to work with a therapist or other mental health professional to get the anxiety help you need to feel your best.


How to know when it's time to get anxiety help


If you are feeling anxious and want to reach out for help, do it! There is never a time when it's not OK to seek help. You don't have to wait for your anxiety to reach a certain level before talking to someone about it. In fact, just like many health challenges, the earlier you catch it and get help, the easier it may be to overcome.


But if you struggle with taking the step to reach out for help and care for yourself, the following are signs that it's time:

  • Your daily decisions and actions are impacted by your anxiety

  • You're canceling plans and avoiding doing things you used to enjoy

  • You can't sleep because you're up worrying all night

  • Even though there are people physically around you, you still feel alone

  • You don't feel like yourself anymore

  • You're having panic attacks

  • You've been struggling for weeks

  • It's impacting your physical health

  • There are problems in your relationship because of your anxiety

  • You feel like something is off even though you can't put your finger on it

If you are dealing with stress or anxiety in your life, help is available.


Creating a treatment plan for your anxiety


Here at The NEST Clinic, we know that you are a unique individual. The situations that you've experienced or are experiencing aren't the same as your Stillwater neighbor, best friend, sibling, parent, child, coworker, or anyone else. You are uniquely you which means you need a treatment plan that is customized for your individual needs.


We have a team of mental health professionals with different specialties ready to provide anxiety help in Stillwater. We also have a Certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in women's health and can assist with medication management if needed as part of your anxiety treatment plan.


Please get to know our team to find who you connect with or contact our office today so we can match you with a therapist to help you feel your best.

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