Anxiety

The Call to Come Back to Yourself and Make Friends with Change!

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There are many reasons why we may suffer from anxiety. It is both a simple and complex symptom. Everyone will experience anxiety at various points throughout their life. This is normal. However, for some it is a day to day experience.

Anxiety can seem to have many causes; such as concern over an exam or job interview; changing career; moving home; the loss a loved one; separation from family, partners or friends; loneliness and isolation; feelings of abandonment; sickness and hospitalization; death anxiety; and trauma of any kind. There is also the anxiety and fear of being intimate and honest with ourselves as well as with others; and there are social anxieties such as speaking and interacting in groups. Anxiety may also point to other emotional states that are difficult to bear, whether it is caused by an external event, or an event that has triggered internal anxieties that were hitherto unconscious to the individual.

Uncertainty

Uncertainty and anxiety go hand in hand. It is important to try and make friends with change. Any kind of change, internal or external, can produce or reveal anxiety. We can also suffer anxiety when faced with personal, psychological and/or spiritual growth. There are a number of personal and psychological changes that help us grow and mature as we move through life; the purpose of which is to help us embrace a more meaningful existence. Many theorists postulate that a series of ‘psychological deaths’ are part and parcel to our stages of growth. Another way of putting this is that for some of us there is the anxiety and fear of being more fully alive, responsible and empowered; especially when we are called to let go of habit patterns that no longer serve us but which we have been strongly identified with because they give us a sense of the familiar.

And common to all of us, consciously or unconsciously, are anxieties surrounding death and the unknown. The constant grasping to secure our future, which may seem very practical, can produce a lot of anxiety if it takes us away from the here and now, the only place where peace, healing and wholeness may be available to us. Death, the unknown, and the here and now, are all jumbled up in the unconscious mind and need to be differentiated.

Being Human

The symptom of anxiety is very much part of being human and does not necessarily mean there is a disorder, but it can lead to disordered states and can also be indicative of unresolved trauma. Anxiety is often the result of repressed feelings. It is an umbrella term which conceals many emotional states such as anger, rage, fear, sadness and grief, and even the joy and intimacy of being more fully alive, if simply because it is concealed and therefore in the unknown. At the bottom line, anxiety indicates that we have in some way become removed from ourselves – separated from our authenticity – and so essential to the treatment for anxiety is self-care, self appreciation and self-honoring in a way that allows the expression of difficult feelings and the emergence of our innate integrity as a grounded felt experience. The aim is to come back to the Self and be comfortable in our own skin.

Psychological Help

There are many forms of help for anxiety, such as talking therapies, Mindfulness meditation, walking with nature, good relationships, healthy diet and exercise, self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques, massage; and if needed, medication prescribed by a medical doctor or psychiatrist. Authentic relating, which nurtures the capacity to be more present in the here and now is a great aid to psychological and emotional healing. It helps to nurture a deeper connection with others. Feeling connected to ourselves, to others and the world are great antidotes to anxiety.

If you would like help for symptoms of anxiety call 020 8780 9449, email sabu@putneycounsellingandpsychotherapy.co.uk or use the contact form on my website.

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Sabu Bhugobaun, Psychotherapist/Counsellor

MA Psychotherapy, Dip. Psychotherapy, Dip. Counselling, Adv Cert. Counselling Skills. I help people who are suffering from all kinds of issues. I help people befriend their inner world, feel their feelings, and come to a new understanding of who they are, what they stand for, and how this might take expression in the world. I am trained to the standards of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and accredited with the Association of Psychospiritual Practitioners. I have 14 years of clinical experience providing highly effective support to adults for a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma and PTSD, eating disorders, addictive behaviour, anger, childhood related issues, relationship issues, bereavement, mid life crisis, and more. I believe in the strength of the supportive therapeutic relationship to facilitate growth and healing. My core model is Integrative Psychosynthesis which includes aspects of many other therapeutic modalities. I also teach mindfulness to clients who wish to learn, and I run Mindfulness courses. Call 020 8780 9449 for a preliminary chat or email sabu@putneycounsellingandpsychotherapy.co.uk. Or visit my website. http://putneycounsellingandpsychotherapy.co.uk/

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