Anxiety and Stress
To some degree anxiety affects us all and is a characteristic of most people. Everyday anxiety in its normal form is useful, beneficial even. It can help us with learning, our general performance, and more importantly it help us to be vigilant and heightens our awareness in times of danger. Some anxiety is good for you! Nevertheless, anxiety that is excessive and difficult to deal with starts to work against us, increasing leading to overwhelming feelings of fear and apprehension and a reduction of attention and performance. This is often made worse by additional thoughts, feelings and emotions such as anger, guilt, and shame thrown into the mix of fear and apprehension, leading to more worry, anxiety and stress. Anxiety and feelings of stress are symptoms, a response to pressure or it could be an indication of a number of issues in your life. Feeling anxious is not only an indicator of a single event in your life; it can also be an accumulation of things.
Counselling, specifically for anxiety, normally includes Cognitive Behavioural techniques. For instance, how you think and view the world and behavioural tasks such as keeping a thought diary and record the times you feel anxious together with associated thoughts and feelings. The aim of Cognitive Behavioural techniques in dealing with anxiety is to help you develop the appropriate coping skills and confidence to confront, and in time over come the situations that distress you.