Anxiety is like worry on steroids.
You worry about anything and everything. Worry about things that have already happened. Things that haven’t happened, but might. Things that are so unlikely to happen, but you can’t help worrying about what you might do in situation A, and B, and C, and so on.
You are a pro at the “what if” game. “What if this happened… or this… or this…”. You replay conversations over and over in your head. Analyze every. single. word.
Your brain is constantly going. Wishing you could turn your brain off for just a little bit. Maybe you find ways to “tune out” – binge watch TV, that one glass of wine that quickly turns into 2, or 3, or a bottle. Some days you might look like the Energizer Bunny: always working, always doing, always busy. If you keep going, then your brain won’t have time to think about all the things you worry about.
You are exhausted. Wishing for a different brain that didn’t worry so damn much.
Here’s a fun secret: Anxiety is like having your own superpower. You naturally have more energy than other people do. Your brain can process more information, and much faster than other people do. You can see 14 steps ahead in a project, and know where each of the roadblocks, pitfalls, and problems will occur. To other people, you can see the future!Alas, with all superpowers, there is a downside. Left unchecked, anxiety will run amok with your life. Therapy is where you can learn how to use your superpower for good in your life.
In therapy you can:
- Reduce the negative thoughts. Take away the power of those thoughts and stop believing those thoughts.
- Stop living in disappointment. Shed the unrealistic expectations you have for yourself and those around you. Know what you need and be able to ask for it.
- Get in-sync with who you are and who you really want to be. Create a life that you enjoy, and that you love living.
- Kick stress and burnout to the curb!
- Say no without guilt. No more people pleasing.
- Learn how to best take care of you. Know what your body, mind, and spirit need and be able to provide that for yourself.
Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
You know it’s more than just the “baby blues”. What you are feeling is more than a hormone imbalance as your body adjusts post pregnancy. You also know deep down that you want more than anything to not be feeling the way you are right now. You might be feeling scared or ashamed. Like you did something wrong. Fearing that you are somehow broken because you’re struggling right now. Afraid that you won’t be able to bond with your baby and forever damage this new life that you are caring for.
You didn’t do anything wrong. Postpartum depression and anxiety can happen to any women after childbirth. Postpartum depression and anxiety are more common than you think. Also, the majority of women who experience postpartum depression and anxiety have never experienced depression or anxiety before.
Postpartum depression and anxiety are very treatable. Talk therapy has been scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of postpartum depression and anxiety. It’s scary to admit that you might need help right now. Asking for help can be the choice that changes your life, and your family’s for the better.
In therapy you can:
- Learn how postpartum depression and anxiety are impacting your life.
- Address and overcome the shame and stigma that you might be feeling.
- Learn how to best care for yourself so that you can care for your family.
- Conquer the negative thoughts that might be scaring you.
- Improve your mood = feel happier.
- Feel better about yourself, and learn how to love you.
- Improve your confidence as parent.
Stress is an unavoidable daily occurrence. But, when you have too much stress in your life you become exhausted. All of your resources are used up and you are running on fumes.
Physically you are tired. Muscles are sore, stiff, and achy. You might get sick more often, have headaches, GI issues. And to top it all off, sleep is a nightmare. You either can’t fall asleep or you keep waking up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. Oh and don’t forget the never ending appetite. You’re never really hungry or full, but you can’t stop eating. Exercise? HA! Who has time for that?
Mentally you feel like your brain is in a fog. You have trouble concentrating, retaining new information, and you feel like your memory is shot. You may be more forgetful than normal. You start to see simple mistakes at work and at home.
Emotionally you are drained. You go between feeling nothing and feeling way too much. When you think about it, you can’t remember the last time you felt happy, rested, and passionate about life.
Every day you wake up and try to find the energy to put on the fake smile. You pretend all day long that everything is okay. Inside you are numb. You keep wishing for a magic wand to fix everything. Oh and you really want to take a nap.
Let me be blunt. This stress is killing you. This amount of stress is stealing your life from you. The once happy, outgoing, passionate, ambitions woman has vanished. She is still there, and I want to help you find her.
While I don’t have a magic wand, I do have the tools and resources to help you beat stress once and for all in your life. Find yourself again, and say buh-bye to being overwhelmed with stress.
In therapy you can:
- Identify your stress red flags and triggers.
- Learn how to help yourself heal and recover from too much stress.
- Find yourself and your voice again.
- Learn what is most important to you in your life, and how to adjust your priorities.
- Explore the magic of healthy boundaries. (I promise this stuff really is magic.)
- Stop the people pleasing. Say NO when you want to and not feel guilty about it.
- Discover what self-care means for you. AND, learn how to take care of you without feeling guilty about it.