According to sane.org “Every year, around 17% of adult Australians experience an anxiety disorder” and “anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health issues. One study found that between 4-25% of adults worldwide experience an anxiety disorder. They are most common in women, young adults, and people with chronic diseases”. It is clear from the research noted above that anxiety is a common mental health condition across the whole of the Australian population, that can affect people in many different ways.
Some of the ways that anxiety can affect you include:
- Constantly worrying?
- Ruminating (going over the same thing again and again)?
- Obsessive thinking? Experiencing excessive fear?
- Feeling your heart racing, constriction in your chest, shallow breathing, feeling tense and on the edge?
- Is your digestion system upset?
- Maybe you’re even having panic attacks.
- Perhaps you have PTSD.
- Problems getting to sleep or waking up in the middle of the night worrying?
- Using food, alcohol or other sedatives to calm yourself down?
- Avoiding people, places or things that make you feel anxious?
Phoebe Allwell at Embodied Presence says ” it is possible to change how your body and brain is affected by the symptoms of anxiety. Current research in neuroscience shows by integrating body psychotherapy and counseling in the regulation of your nervous system will lessen the affect anxiety has on your body and brain.”
Anxiety is often challenging to manage and can have a considerable impact on quality of life, so it’s important to seek help if needed. Counselling has been proven to be an effective way of reducing the prevalence and severity of anxiety symptoms, with research showing that it can lead to significant improvements in an individual’s overall wellbeing.
If you, or someone you love, is a healthcare worker feeling overwhelmed with the effects of the current nurse shortage and the extra demands that is placing on you and your family, book your free clarity session with Phoeobe Allwell here at Embodied Presence Counselling.