March 2, 2017 / By Rochelle Ladin, LPC / The Therapy Corner
Anxiety can hit at any time, and you may not understand what is happening to you. You know something is wrong, and feel overwhelmed. Perhaps you cry easily, get irritable faster, or cannot stop thinking of the problem/situation. Family and friends may not understand the problem and may feel helpless in how to help you during this time. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America, reports that more than 40 million adults in the United States experience some anxiety. Does this describe you? Do you suffer from anxiety? Knowing you are not alone is not enough to feel better. Professional help may be needed and is available.
Anxiety can happen after a troubling event, life transition such as illness, divorce, children leaving home, or fear. Untreated anxiety can cause further complications and effect you physically. It is important to contact a mental health counselor to learn the triggers of your anxiety and identify coping strategies that help you manage the difficult times.
What can you do to reduce the feeling of anxiety?
Take a deep breath and ask yourself these questions
Are you thinking about a problem or anticipating a problem that has not happened yet?
Are you overthinking the problem or situation?
Many times, anxiety may occur when thinking about a problem because you see the situation as a loss of control.
It is important to remember that you cannot be in charge all the time and cannot control everything all the time. And it’s okay not to always be in control.
Strategies for managing your anxiety symptoms include:
Take a walk, exercise, do something physical
Talk to a friend
Reduce stimulants such as coffee, tea, soda that contain caffeine
Cuddle with a pet
Take a yoga or mediation class
It is important to seek help with a qualified professional. Taking action to reduce your anxiety is the first step in achieving a healthy life.
Hello and Welcome to RSL Counseling and Coaching Blog
Sept 8, 2016
I have been wanting to write a blog or journal for some time. As you know things happen, and being ADHD it just became one more thing to put on the To-Do list and that list gets lost! The time has come to create the blog called “Thoughts and Happenings”. My name is Rochelle Ladin, and I am the “chief” therapist at RSL Counseling and Coaching, LLC. I like being called Shelley and in fact if people call me Rochelle I think I’m back at grade school! Thoughts and Happenings will explore issues related to mental health, research, treatment, and articles that hopefully will provide you with help to manage issues you encounter. Whatever can help and support individuals with issues such as anxiety, stress, job issues, marriage challenges, friendships, intellectual developmental challenges, ADD/ADHD, career development and job insights (from my many years as a Human Resources Professional), and of course just life and transition issues. You know, when life happens and we don’t quite know what to do or it just reaches the point where you need more support than your friend/spouse/partner. My hope is this blog will provide you with support, a laugh at times, informative research and tidbits of information to help you along your path to a healthy and successful life.