Most people feel anxious or nervous from time to time, especially when under extra pressure. For example, it is normal to feel nervous before speaking in front of a crowd or when waiting to sit an exam. Moderate anxiety in these situations can help us perform better. However, some people experience anxiety more frequently and intensely in a wide range of situations. This is called Generalised Anxiety.
There are several well-researched treatments that are effective in treating Generalised Anxiety, including: Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Self-Help, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and medication.
We are experienced and trained in treating psychological difficulties like Generalised Anxiety. If you are experiencing Generalised Anxiety and would like some professional assistance contact us at Peaceful Mind Psychology.
Everyone will find different things helpful when it comes to managing anxiety, and it’s normal to take some time, or need some professional support in finding the best strategies for you. Start by taking some time away from alcohol and other drugs that can lead to additional mood disturbances, and work on eating well, getting outside once a day, spending more time with healthy relationships, and scheduling in time to do things that you have enjoyed in the past. You might also like to try include journaling or finding another way to explore and express how you are feeling – this might even mean speaking to a trusted friend or family member. Finally, never underestimate the power of breath; try to take some deep breaths into your belly just a few times a day – this helps to communicate to our brains and bodies that we are safe.
You might be more likely to develop anxiety if your relatives have also experienced anxiety or other mental illnesses (genetics), if you have been through particularly stressful events across your lifetime (environmental and social factors), or a mixture of all of these things. Anxiety is part of the body’s natural stress and survival response so isn’t always a bad thing, but when it is uncontrollable, extremely intense, and happening too often, it becomes unhelpful.
There are several well-researched treatments that are effective in treating Anxiety, including but not limited to Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Self-Help, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and medication (particularly in conjunction with therapy).