How to cope with anxiety and fear
Is anxiety stopping you from living your life? Does it get in the way of work, your social life, sex life or relationships? Do you feel constantly on edge? Is it hard to stop or control worrying? Are you having panic attacks? Are frightening images or pictures popping into your head? Do you live in constant fear of something awful happening?
If any of the above ring true, learn how to cope with anxiety and fear. It’s time to #StandUpToAnxiety
Good anxiety -- and bad
A certain degree of stress and anxiety isn’t necessarily bad – anxiety is the body’s in-built system for keeping us safe and protecting us from danger. However, when it starts interfering with your life and stops you from being your best, anxiety can develop into an anxiety disorder.
The good news though is that anxiety and anxiety disorders are highly treatable.
Not all anxiety is the same!
Countless online articles, videos and podcasts are endlessly giving tips on how to cope with anxiety. The problem is, not all anxiety is the same. There are many different types of anxiety; treating it effectively means being specific about the type of anxiety you are experiencing. Some common anxiety problems include:
shyness and social anxiety | excessive worries and stress | panic attacks and agoraphobia | obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) | phobias | post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | sexual performance anxiety | health anxiety | separation anxiety | existential anxiety
Working with the right therapist, you can identify the specific type of anxiety you are experiencing
Therapy for anxiety - how does it help?
Counselling, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) are psychological therapies that have consistently shown to be effective for the treatment of stress, worry, and anxiety-based problems. Some of the known benefits of therapy include:
Coping techniques & strategies
Learn new skills for managing anxiety - there are hundreds of techniques to help you feel better, depending on the type of anxiety you are experiencing.
Better, meaningful relationships
As well as having a better relationship with yourself, therapy can help you find and sustain meaningful friendships, connections, and relationships with others.
Be more confident and fearless
Therapy could give you the confidence to do things, go places, and face situations that you may have once thought were impossible, improving your self-esteem.
Improve focus and concentration
If anxiety has sapped your energy, crashed your concentration, and made you lose your focus, therapy can help you get things back on track at work and at home.
Be productive and achieve your goals
Instead of being stuck in the driver's seat of your own life, learn how to overcome procrastination, and achieve the goals that are most meaningful to you.
Let go of the past and move forward
Whether it is stuff from your childhood, a break-up, or some other difficult event(s), therapy can help you process the past to live more fully in the present.
Get started today. Book an appointment to learn more about how therapy can help you cope with anxiety and fear.
Dr Terry Sergeant
Hi, I’m Terry. I’m a psychologist based in the UK and I specialise in the treatment of anxiety-based problems. I have been working as a therapist since 2003, helping children, young people, and adults find solutions to their problems and overcome a range of issues.
I provide counselling, CBT, and EMDR therapy. I work with individuals and couples and I offer online and telephone appointments.