Jeannette Robson (MBACP) - Person-Centered Counselling in Warrington, Cheshire
Anxiety and Depression
Talking about your anxiety to a trained counsellor can help you to understand some of the reasons why you feel the way you do. There are many different types of anxiety such as social anxiety, health anxiety, phobias and panic disorder.
It may seem as if there is no escape, no way out or you feel that you are going mad. Talking to someone who won't judge you, who will accept the way things are for you, can help you to make some sense of those thoughts and enable you to re-organise the way you think or change the way you see things.
You may want to run away to a desert island where nothing matters and no-one will bother you, but for most of us that is just not possible. If your anxiety is relatively mild you may recover without any additional support, but for many seeking help, although it may be difficult, can make a positive impact on their daily lives.
Counselling helps you to reconnect to the true self inside you, the one who knows what it is that you really want and need, and allows you to recognise your own voice within all the noise. For many it can be like finding that long lost best friend.
Sometimes we feel sad or miserable about life or sometimes we simply feel empty.
Everything seems harder to do and less worthwhile doing. Simple tasks such as getting out of bed in the morning and getting dressed can take enormous effort and somedays it may not seem worth the energy. Life may feel dark and dreary and it may seem like there is no way out.
You may know why you feel the way you do, or there may be too many factors for you to make sense of. Talking to someone, who is trained to listen with empathy, can help to improve your understanding of what is going on behind the scenes in the here and now. Having someone there to experience with you what may seem like an awful journey, can make the journey bearable.
When we really think how we are and try to explain this without any thought of what the listener may think of us, our thought processes seem to take a different path as to when we are just thinking to ourselves or talking casually about it. This process is a factor that can influence recovery.
Exercise can be helpful in the treatment of many mental and emotional issues.
Exercise releases chemicals in your brain which make you feel better about yourself and help with concentration and sleeping. You don't need to spend a lot of money or be extreme about it. The recommended amount is 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 times a week. Moderate exercise is where your breathing becomes heavier than normal, but you're not out of breath.
Getting back into what used to be a favourite sport or activity can have a positive effect on our mood, or take up a new activity.
When life is busy it can be hard to find the time, so if you can do two or three 10 to 15 minute sessions a day, it can be as effective as a single 30 minute session. Do activities that you enjoy as they are then more likely to become a regular part of your daily routine.
Small changes can make a big difference.