Anxiety comes in many forms, such as social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, or even phobias. People who experience Social Anxiety often feel negatively judged by others, which can lead to feeling inferior, inadequate, and embarrassed. It may also be difficult for those with social anxiety to be in public or around others resulting in avoidance of social situations.
Those who struggle with Generalized Anxiety have ongoing worry and tension, and tend to see worries and problems in every situation. Irritability, muscle tension, and trouble concentrating are additional symptoms of generalized anxiety.
Panic attacks are frequently experienced as intense worry or fear within minutes that might involve choking sensations, trouble breathing, sweating, and rapid heartbeat. People who experience panic typically have recurrent worries about having another panic attack and avoid situations that they think might trigger another.
If you have been feeling depressed you might have noticed a low mood, lack of motivation, and loss of interest or pleasure for a couple of weeks or longer. Other symptoms of depression are difficulty concentrating, poor sleep, weight gain or loss, avoiding social situations, and thoughts of suicide. Sometimes people experience depression just in the winter months too, which they need support for at this time.
Stress from your job, home or social life may be taking a toll on you and you might be finding it difficult to cope. You may be experiencing low energy, frequent colds, difficulty sleeping, muscle tension, upset stomach, and headaches.
Sometimes chronic stress can signify other concerns going on such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and dissatisfaction with life. Stress can also negatively impact one's health because frequent high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, has been found to impair virtually all of the systems (e.g., cardiovascular, immune, etc.) of the body - in addition to memory and learning.
People often think of trauma as having to do just with life and death types of events. While this is the most recognized and studied type of trauma (often called Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), there is also trauma that is relatively less intense, but still causes a lot of worry, rumination, stress, and avoidance of uncomfortable reminders of the past event or situation.
Sometimes people re-experience their past when they felt powerless and had intense needs that were not met or were ignored. This feeling of helplessness and the intense emotions that go along with it can imprint into a type of memory that is more connected with the body and non-verbal unconscious memory. This type of memory tends to last and the reminders keep on coming up unless there is emotional processing to help work it out.
Everyone has had difficulties with family or in personal relationships at one time or another. Sometimes the conflicts in our relationships can create a big communication gap between you and the people you care about. These can have far reaching effects on other areas of life too, such as work and health.
Career concerns can come in many forms. You may be experiencing professional burnout, unemployment, conflicts with co-workers or difficulty navigating decisions on what direction to go in. Lifespring is endorsed to use the world-renowned career counselling method of Active Engagement: The Being and Doing of Career Counselling that was developed by Dr. Norman Amundson at the University of British Columbia.
Counselling need not only address prevention and repair of mental health concerns. It can also be used to further enhance one's happiness and peace of mind. Learning how to manage the mind appears to be at both the heart of therapy and success and happiness in life. Some of the topics addressed in self-development include:
- How the brain and mind work.
- What stress is and how to manage it.
- How to identify hidden thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.
- How to form new, more adaptive and constructive beliefs.
- Develop more helpful and harmonious ways of communicating and relating with others.
- How to discover, understand, and manage the different types and layers of emotions.
- Gain new thinking tools and problem-solving techniques to better deal with life's challenges.
- Learn helpful and practical principles to better approach challenges in life with greater peace of mind and success.
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