This is Your Brain on Anxiety

…and what you can do about it.

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It all starts with stress.  When you feel stressed and overwhelmed in life, your brain works overtime to try to keep up.  Even everyday stressors such as paying bills, performing well at work, and keeping your family happy and healthy can certainly put you under a great deal of pressure.  Stress has a purpose – it helps motivate you to take action, to achieve your goals, and to avoid future fears.  

 But when it comes to anxiety, many of those fears that we hope to avoid are exaggerated or less than logical.  We fear that we will die from some strange disease.  We fear that people hate us or that our loved ones will abandon us.  And we fear that some terrible thing will happen to someone we care about.  Just like stress, fear serves an important purpose.  In fact, some fears are very helpful!  When we are afraid that we will lose our jobs if we show up late to work, we tend to wake up and get out the door on time.  Often, people with anxiety experience too much fear, the kind of fear that keeps them from being happy, healthy, and functional.  

One of the most common indicators of fear overload is worry. These worries keep us up at night, cause us to be forgetful or make mistakes, and fill our hearts with dread. We worry about the future – what will happen to us, to our families?  What does he/she/they think of me?  We worry about things we regret and things we wish we could change.  And ultimately, most if not all of these worries are self-inflicted torment.  When we worry, we tend to make ourselves miserable, ashamed, and overwhelmed.  These experiences make it difficult for us to focus, rest, and perform our best.  

Together, the stress,fear, and worry add up to create what most people describe as anxiety.  You don’t have let anxiety continue to rule your life – let us help. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety and would like help, contact OC Psychology Center today!  We provide specialized treatment to children and adults from all over Orange County who struggle with anxiety – people just like you! To sign up or learn more about our services, contact us today!  To learn how you can cope with anxiety on your own, read on!

How to Cope with Anxiety

Although psychotherapy is the most effective method for overcoming anxiety, there are ways that you can cope on your own! Since anxiety can be traced back to stress, fear, and worry, let’s break it down so that you can choose coping strategies based on your area of greatest need.

Coping with Stress

  • Set a consistent schedule – stress thrives in chaos and inconsistency

  • Take care of your body – be active, eat well, and prioritize your sleep

  • Put boundaries on major stressors – leave work at work, turn off your cellphone, and avoid letting stress seep into rest and relaxation time

Coping with Fear

  • Check for catastrophizing – it’s easy to “make a mountain out of a mole hill,” so make sure you aren’t more afraid than is necessary

  • Share with others – let others know how you feel and what your fears are, that way they can support you

  • Avoid avoiding it – fear makes us avoid things, which means people avoid taking action to confront the fear

Coping with Worry

  • Give yourself some compassion – it’s okay to worry sometimes, you are human

  • Use a meditation app to clear your mind – take a look at these and find one that works for you

  • Meet with a therapist – therapists are particularly good at helping people stop the cycle of worry 

 If you or a loved one would like help with anxiety, contact us today!  The team at OC Psychology is here to help.  We specialize in helping children, teens, and adults overcome anxiety, and we are confident that we can help you, too!  

What else can I do?

We are here for you! If you believe that you might be struggling with anxiety, we offer treatment and assessment options specifically designed to help both children and adults. It can be difficult to ask for help – but this is an important first step to take on your wellness journey! And, you don’t have to do it alone.  

Interested? Let’s work together.

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Leave anxiety behind

Do you or a loved one want help with ADHD, anxiety, depression, or other issues?  Let’s connect!  Contact us today to learn how The OC Psychology Center can help make things better. 

Our office is located in Newport Beach, California.We work with families from all over the region – Newport Beach, Irvine, Orange, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Tustin, Seal Beach, and beyond.If you feel we would be a good fit for you or your child’s mental health needs, let’s connect!

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