Anxiety Counselling Online
Anxiety is the leading mental health issue in Australia. 1 in 7 people are currently suffering from this mental health issue. It presents as persistent worry, restlessness and the avoidance of a feared stimuli or event. Anxiety is distressing and may interfere with your ability to go about your daily activities.
Fear and avoidance are essential survival mechanisms. The ‘fight, freeze or flight’ response in the brain is controlled by the amygdala. When the amygdala is hijacked by your anxious thoughts, it generates an alert signal to your body. The danger is not real, but you assume that something bad is about to happen.
Anxiety counselling online can help you become aware of how anxiety hijacks your body. In your online counselling sessions you will learn how to cope with anxiety more effectively.
For rural people, some external circumstances may increase the risk of anxiety. Having to rely on unpredictable forces of nature for farming, the lack of accessible resources, and living far from the social support are examples. The anxiety counselling online offers a great solution for rural and remote people.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
- Tense and contracted Muscles
- Faster and shallow breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Excessive sweating
- Chest and abdominal pains
- Hot flushes and/or cold chills
- Feeling dizzy or faint.
Emotional and behavioural symptoms:
- Sleep issues
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Harder to concentrate and keep focus.
- catastrophising about the future
- Rumination – going over and over the same scenario
- Intrusive thoughts and images
- Worrying about the impact of anxiety.
8 strategies to learn through anxiety counselling online
Cognitive behavioral therapy has the strongest evidence for the effective treatment of anxiety. You and your counsellor will explore what needs to be changed in how you think (cognitive) and how you behave.
Let’s look at some of the most common interventions which can easily be applied in counselling online:
Wise-up – Like in the world of medicine, you must know the virus before you can develop the anti-virus. Counselling will allow you to make sense of how anxiety operates and how to reduce it. The better you understand your anxiety the more competent you will feel in handling it. Your feelings of helplessness will diminish when you develop an awareness of your mind-body process
Reassess your thinking process – Debilitating beliefs about yourself, others and the future are the engine of your anxiety. During counselling, you will get to know how thoughts lead to feelings for you. You will question deeply held assumptions, identify the unique meaning and interpretations you give to certain events, explore alternative explanations, attribute events to different causes, and more. Gaining clarity in your mind will generate more peace within.
Mindfulness – Mindfulness is the process of bringing your attention to the present moment while noticing your own feelings . Mindfulness practice will train you to observe and create some distance from your busy mind. The tendency to fight, resist or avoid the experiences only exacerbates the anxiety symptoms. An open and accepting attitude will make you less overwhelmed by stressful experiences. Your counsellor will help you relate to the experiences with self compassion and self awareness.
Externalise – Anxiety is feeding on your negative narrative about yourself. This generalisation that you are flawed and inadequate weakens you and strengthens the anxiety. During counselling you will learn to externalise anxiety as a psychological ‘bug’ You will learn strategies to combat this ‘bug’ and when it attacks from time to time.
Our experienced and caring online counsellors will help immunise you psychologically against the impact of anxiety.
Self regulate – anxiety is a mind-body phenomenon. Your thoughts will affect your body and vice versa. if you are able to regulate the physiological symptoms of anxiety, you will be able to calm your mind. Self regulation is how you restore your sense of power and freedom because you learn to be in charge of your body. Through self monitoring, you will learn and observe how anxiety affects you personally Next, you will develop strategies to regulate and reduce these symptoms.
Problem-solving – Sometimes you feel trapped in a situation without the ability to solve it on your own. Feeling helpless and powerless may provoke anxiety. Working under a cruel boss, or living in a toxic relationship are examples of this. Your counsellor will help you consider your options rationally.
Acting instead of avoiding – Avoidance is what helps to maintain anxiety. When you constantly avoid the feared stimuli, you don’t give yourself a chance to cope.. Overcoming this avoidance is an important goal of counselling. With avoidance, ou rely on what your mind assumes is going to happen instead of the lived experience. With the support of your counsellor, You will learn to act instead of avoid.Through small steps and micro-successes you will restore confidence In yourself.
Lifestyle changes – It is going to be far easier to cope with your anxiety if you consider fixing both your mind and your environment. Sleep, exercise and healthy nutrition are essential. Pleasant social interactions with people will help your mood spiral upwards.