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Anxiety: My Brain Won’t Turn Off
“People with anxiety don’t have a train of thought. We have 7 trains on 4 tracks that narrowly avoid each other when paths cross, and all the conductors are screaming.” – Unknown
“How am I going to get all this shit done for school or work? My partner says they love me, but do they really? I hate small talk with cashiers at the store - why is it so hard for me? What if I really am a failure? What happens when everyone finds out I am total mess on the inside?” What does your brain tell you at 3 am when you are trying to sleep? Or when you are trying to be intimate with your partner? Or when you are working, at the grocery store, or attending class?
What does your brain tell you at 3 am when you are trying to sleep? Or when you are trying to be intimate with your partner? Or when you are working, at the grocery store, or attending class?
If you struggle with anxiety, you may notice:
You can never turn your brain “off” because you worry constantly about anything and everything- your thoughts feel like a revolving door of doom.
Relaxing is impossible because your brain won’t give you a break, and your body always seems tense.
At times, your heart rate speeds up, you get sweaty, you feel like you can’t catch your breath, you pace or fidget- and you wonder, “what’s wrong now?”
Sleeping sucks- it’s hard to sleep most nights because your brain is telling you about all the things wrong with you and everything bad that has happened or will happen.
You can’t imagine your life without worrying, even though it causes a lot of pain, because you feel like it motivates you and keeps you on track.
You don’t want to feel this way - nobody does. The bad news? Fear is a common, human emotion that you will keep experiencing, off and on, for the rest of your life. The good news? Fear doesn’t have to be your worst enemy. Not sold on that idea? I wasn’t either when I first started therapy. But honestly, I was so desperate to not feel so miserable that I was willing to try something different, because what I was doing was not working for me.
Therapy for anxiety can help you:
Understand your challenges with anxiety- how it tends to show up for you, what makes it better, what makes it worse, and what hasn’t worked with trying to cope with it.
Learn to relate to your anxiety in a way that works for you rather than against you, so you can do what matters to you rather than get stuck in your anxious thoughts or feelings.
Discover techniques and skills that help to connect with your body and your mind so you can be more present for yourself, your relationships, and your experiences.
If you are ready to try something different, and if you are ready to have a different relationship with your anxiety symptoms, contact me today to see if we are a good fit.