The reality is that anxiety itself is not entirely negative — in fact it has been extremely important for our survival. When our brains perceive danger, they signal our bodies to respond effectively in order to cope with the threat. The physical sensations we associate with anxiety, such as heavy breathing, rapid heart rate, muscle tension, and sweating are all the result of the nervous system that worked to ensure that our ancestors had the ability to escape dangerous predators and find safety.
While we may not have the same dangers in the 21st century, our brains still respond to perceived threats in the same way. Without anxiety, we may not have the motivation to plan for a big meeting at work or study for an exam. So, not only does anxiety help us escape danger, it also gives us the motivation and discretion that enables us to to prepare and succeed during important moments.
However, for many of us, our anxiety is beyond the threshold of being protective and helpful. We may become consumed and debilitated by intrusive thoughts and physical sensations of anxiety. That’s where we come in. We help our clients to understand their anxiety and learn skills to cope with these feelings effectively so they can reach their full potential.