You might find that you can catch and circumvent your anxiety faster than you realise if you learn to really pay attention to things like the subtle bodily sensations that come before an anxiety attack.
5. You find new and effective ways of handling your anxiety.
Anxiety is an awful, uncomfortable feeling for most people.
So when anxiety hits, we develop ways of trying to not feel it, which might provide short-term relief. Of course these exact ways of coping might be prolonging your anxiety, not helping it!
Therapy helps you see this, then helps you find other ways of managing your anxieties that are more adaptive and healthy and lead to you feeling better about yourself and your life.
6. You learn techniques to bring instant relief when anxiety hits.
Another form of therapy currently being researched for its affect on anxiety sufferers and showing positive results is mindfulness-based therapy. For example, a study at the University of Oxford found that out of 273 subjects there was a reported 58% reduction in anxiety levels.
What if I don’t seek help for my anxiety?
The decision is up for you.
It’s important, though, to not brush off your anxiety as no big deal. Yes, we all get anxious when life is challenging. But ongoing feelings of dread and panic that take over your life are serious.
Left untreated, persistent anxiety is a leading cause of serious depression, as well as a contributor to addictions like alcoholism and drug use.
If you are avoiding people, places or situations that make you anxious, or if anxiety is affecting your relationships and career, is it really worth ignoring it when help is readily available?
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