Anxiety and Emotion Counselling
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
We all have an intolerance to uncertainty, and an excessive intolerance of uncertainty can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and behavioural disorders. The inability to find that unknown unknown (the ‘what ifs’ that keep us awake at night), the perceived inability to control what will happen in the future can affect mood and increase stress and anxiety when our standard coping strategies fail. Anxiety is a complex emotion. Anxiety can be described as a negative mood state characterised by bodily symptoms of physical tension and apprehension about the future. Anxiety, trauma, depression and panic disorders share the common symptoms of worry and panic. It has both psychological and physical symptoms. The emotion element of anxiety needs to be understood in its own context in social terms, as emotional understanding is learned and influenced by our social environment. Whereas to be a little anxious can be good, too much is bad for you and can lead to an intolerance in emotional behaviours. The resulting anxiety may result in an imbalance in beliefs and rational awareness that need re-calibrating. This recalibrating re-sets our coping strategies. Therapy can help moderate, alleviate and re-balance/ recalibrate emotional stress, anxiety, aid relaxation and encouragingly even empower a good night’s sleep.