Anxiety

Anxiety

At Genesis Counseling Center, we understand that anxiety is a part of life – it’s a normal response to stress and can even be beneficial in some situations. However, when anxiety becomes pervasive, consuming your thoughts and affecting your daily life, it transforms into an anxiety disorder. This is more than just feeling anxious before a big meeting or exam; it’s an ongoing state of worry and fear that doesn’t subside, even when the stressor is gone.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders, but they can manifest in different ways for different people. Some people may feel a constant, unexplained sense of anxiety, while others might experience intense bouts of terror or fear that leaves them immobilized. Regardless of how it presents, anxiety can be incredibly distressing and disruptive, making it difficult to lead a normal life.

But there’s good news: anxiety disorders are treatable, and at Genesis Counseling Center, we offer a range of therapies designed to help you manage your anxiety and regain control over your life. Our individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and family therapy sessions are led by highly skilled therapists who employ proven therapeutic techniques like Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These therapies aim to change specific behaviors and alter the way you think about stressors, equipping you with the tools you need to cope with anxiety.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with symptoms of anxiety, take the first step towards healing by contacting Genesis. We also provide a wealth of online resources (see below) to help you better understand anxiety and learn strategies to manage it. At Genesis Counseling Center, we’re committed to guiding you on your journey towards healing, offering hope, professional support, and a caring community that understands what you’re going through. Remember, you don’t have to face this alone – we’re here to help.

Online Anxiety Resources:

Anxiety Monitoring Form

Guided Relaxation

Home Relaxation Exercise Log

Information on Anxiety

Information on Panic Attacks

Stress Information Sheet

List of Pleasurable Activities:
Go for a scenic walk Bowling Eat a treat
Watch the clouds Putt-putt-golf Cook your favorite dish
Stargaze Billiards Try a new recipe
Go jogging Tennis Take a cooking class
Ride a bike Get a massage Go to a restaurant you haven’t been to yet
Go hiking Go sit outside Listen to the radio
Go roller-skating/ice skating Go for a drive Go to a sporting event
Go to a playground or watch a game Ride the bus somewhere new Play a board or card game with a friend
Try a new adventure sport like surfing or kayaking Plan a trip somewhere new, maybe even nearby Play solitaire
Basketball Take a nap Play video games
Chat online Go shopping Do something nice for others
Surf the internet Get a haircut and/or manicure/pedicure Go out for coffee/tea
Create your own website Go to the library Go to a museum or art gallery
Create your own blog Go to church Write a letter to God
Join a Christian meetup site Attend/join a small group church meeting Plant a garden
Sell unwanted items on the internet Go to the book store Take a bubble bath
Buy something on the internet Read your Bible Sign up for a new class
Do a puzzle Pray Read a novel
Write letters to friends/family Write about the funniest  thing that has ever happened to you Go to the mall or park to people watch
Journal Write a letter to someone who has improved your life Learn a new language
Write a letter to yourself only speaking of your strengths Make a list of ways to improve others’ lives Sing/learn a new song
Draw/paint/sculpt Call a friend or family member Join a theater group
Talk on the phone Go out with a friend Invite friends over
Make a list of positive role models/people you look up to Create your own list of fun activities Text friends/family
Organize a party Exercise Take a yoga class
Babysit a friend’s dog Bird watch Wildlife watch
Read the Sunday comics Go to the movies Watch TV
Play an instrument or learn how to Write a song or poem Listen to upbeat music
Make a movie Take pictures Dance
Additional Internet resources are: ADAA: Living With Anxiety Nami: Mental Health Conditions: Anxiety Nimh: Anxiety Disorders