by Laura Deneen, Refuge Center Intern
Many people experience some sort of anxiety that affects their personal, social, familial, or employment responsibilities. Anxiety oftentimes occurs on spectrum, from slight anxiety, to extreme anxiety that may inhibit one’s daily activities. Those who experience anxiety may make an effort to stay busy so that they don’t have to sit in their anxiety, or neglect planned social events, because the anxiety feels incredibly overwhelming. According to the American Psychiatric Association (2013), an individual with anxiety experiences “physical symptoms including restlessness or being keyed up or on edge; being easily fatigue; difficulty concentrating or mind going blank; irritability; muscle tension; and sleep disturbance” (p. 190).
Scientists, therapists, and other specialists in the field of psychology have demonstrated significant efforts in teaching people techniques to manage anxiety throughout everyday life. Hart (2001) highlights the importance of understanding the brain’s chemicals, today’s fast-paced society, stress surrounding the workplace, family disagreements, or trying to maintain too many commitments, and how the combination of the latter may directly impact anxiety. Furthermore, Hart (2001) explains that one solution for anxiety may be implementing rest and relaxation into a daily routine, as they not only decrease blood pressure, but also increase the neurotransmitters in the brain associated with achieving a sense of calmness. The Refuge Center for Counseling is committed to helping clients examine anxiety triggers, to developing healthy coping skills when anxiety is present, and to teaching relaxation techniques specific to their lifestyle. At The Refuge Center for Counseling, we believe there is hope for those struggling with anxiety and we welcome the opportunity provide a safe haven for anyone who experiences anxiety.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, V.A.: American Psychiatric Publishing.
Hart, A. (2001). The anxiety cure. Nashville, T.N.: Thomas Nelson, Inc.