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November 6, 2023

Tools and Techniques for Anxiety Management

Dive deep into the complexities of anxiety and learn how our specialized anxiety management services in Bolton and Peterborough, Ontario can guide you towards a happier life.

In today's fast-paced world, the word "anxiety" is often tossed around casually. Yet for many, it is far more than a casual conversation; For many, anxiety is a debilitating mental health concern that can severely impact daily life. Whether you're experiencing occasional nervousness or struggling to manage an anxiety disorder, receiving professional support can be life changing. At Be Free Counselling and Wellness, we provide personalized anxiety management services at both our Bolton and Peterborough locations, as well as through Ontario Virtual Counselling.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural response to stressors. It can help you stay alert and focused, spur you into action, or even motivate you to solve problems. However, when anxiety becomes a constant unhealthy companion that interferes with your daily life responsibilities, relationships, and happiness, it can transition into panic and continued fear. Working with a counsellor, can help you manage your anxiety symptoms and concerns and help you include habitual tools, to help ensure your anxiety remains helpful and not unhelpful.

The Science Behind Anxiety

Your body’s “fight or flight” response is regulated by adrenaline. When in danger, this hormone prepares you for quick action. However, for individuals suffering from anxiety disorders, this response can be triggered by non-threatening situations, causing symptoms such as increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and digestive issues.

Some symptoms of Anxiety can include:

  • Restlessness
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Chronic Digestive Issues

Types of Anxiety Disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • Panic Disorder

Professional Help: Why It's Important

One might ponder, "How can I find effective anxiety management or counselling near me?" The importance of finding a well-suited Ontario counsellor cannot be overstated. This is where Be Free Counselling steps in. We offer:

  • Professional Assessment: A thorough evaluation to pinpoint the severity and type of anxiety.
  • Individualized Counselling Plans: Tailored plans that address your specific concerns.
  • Flexible Counselling Options: Choose between in-person and virtual consultations based on your comfort and needs.

Anxiety Management Techniques

Effective anxiety management can require various tools and techniques. Here are some that we frequently recommend:

  1. Deep Breathing Exercises: Helps in calming your nerves.
  2. Mindfulness and Meditation: Increases your awareness of the present moment.
  3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Focuses on understanding how thoughts and feelings affect behaviour.

Self-Help vs Professional Help

While self-help books and apps can be supportive, having professional support to help you walk this journey creates a sense of belonging, eliminating the fear of isolation- which can also add to anxious tendencies. Working together, through counselling sessions, education and resources, our team of counsellors wants to help you create a healthier lifestyle, by helping you understand your anxiety and the tools that work for you to manage it!

Why Choose Us?

We have a dedicated team of professionals at our Bolton and Peterborough locations who are committed to helping you achieve a happy and healthier lifestyle. Our three pillars—Inner Peace, Individual Worth, and Personal Growth—are the guiding philosophies of our counselling services.

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