Anxiety is like worry on steroids.
You worry about anything and everything, even worrying about things that have already happened.
Things that haven’t happened but might are perfect candidates for despair.
Things that are unlikely to happen are your favorite. You can’t help worrying about what you might do in situation A, and B, and C, and so on.
You are a pro at the “what if” game.
“What if this happened… or this… or this…?”
Replaying conversations over and over in your head, you analyze. Every. Single. Word.
Your brain is constantly going.
Wishing you could turn your brain off for just a little bit.
Maybe you find ways to “tune out” – binge watch TV, that one glass of wine that quickly turns into 2, or 3, or a bottle.
Some days you might look like the Energizer Bunny: always working, always doing, always busy.
If you keep going, then your brain won’t have time to think about all the things you worry about.
Here’s a little-known secret:
Anxiety is like having your own superpower. You naturally have more energy than other people do. Your brain can process more information and much faster than other people do.
You can see 14 steps ahead in a project and know where each of the roadblocks, pitfalls, and problems will occur. However, with all superpowers, there is a downside.
Left unchecked, anxiety will run amok with your life. Therapy is where you can learn how to use your superpower for good in your life.
Can’t shake the feeling of loneliness even with people around.
Isolated from the world, trying to figure out how to get out of this rut, you want to change this feeling more than anything in the world.
It’s normal to feel scared or ashamed, like you did something wrong, fearing that you are somehow broken because you’re struggling right now.
You didn’t do anything wrong. Depression is very treatable. Talk therapy and art therapy have been scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of depression.
It’s scary to admit that you might need help right now. But, asking for help can be the choice that changes your life – and your family’s – for the better.
All your resources are used up and you’re running on fumes.
Stress is an unavoidable daily occurrence.
But, when you have too much stress in your life, you become exhausted.
Physically you are tired. Muscles are sore, stiff, and achy. You might get sick more often, have headaches, GI issues. And to top it all off, sleep is a nightmare.
Falling asleep is close to impossible.
Waking up in the middle of the night, you can’t get back to sleep, and by the time morning comes you’re too exhausted to face your day.
Oh, and don’t forget the never-ending appetite. You’re never really hungry or full, but you can’t stop eating.
Exercise? HA! Who has time for that?
Mentally you feel like your brain is in a fog.
Having trouble concentrating and retaining new information, you feel like your memory is shot. People have started to notice that you are more forgetful than normal.
Emotionally you’re drained. Each day is a roller coaster, either feeling nothing or feeling way too much.
When you think about it, you can’t remember the last time you felt happy, rested, and passionate about life. Every day you wake up and try to find the energy to put on the fake smile.
Let’s be blunt. This stress is killing you.
This amount of stress is stealing your life from you.
The once happy, outgoing, passionate, ambitious person has vanished. They are still there, and we want to help you find them.
While we don’t have a magic wand, we do have the tools and resources to help you beat stress once and for all in your life.