Life is a journey that brings with it many ups and downs, and we are constantly confronted with the need to be flexible and accept change. There are times where the changes that occur are planned such as a move, planning a family, graduating from college or graduate school, or leaving or starting a job. Other times the changes take us by surprise, and bring on feelings of fear, loss and a need to tighten up or become more controlled.
All of us have had moments in our lives that were anxiety-ridden and others that left us feeling low. These feelings that come with anxiety or sadness are one way our body talks to us, sending signals through different emotions so that we are aware of something not feeling right. When anxiety and depression become a regular part of your day-to-day life it can be very difficult to figure out what will help stop the cycle, and equally as hard to reach out and seek help.
The emotional pain of depression can cause you to stop doing the things you once found pleasure in, or the things you feel you need to do in order to fully participate in your life. This can bring on anxiety, an internal sense of heightened awareness, that may feel like at any moment you will need to fight or run. Depression and anxiety feed off one another, and the cycle can be difficult to stop.
Reaching out for help, connecting to another person, becoming curious about yourself and finding hope by educating yourself about your emotions can be the start of your journey back to yourself and the life you want to lead. It is important to understand that we are relational beings and seek connection, and in isolation we wither and lose strength.
Counseling and psychotherapy provide a comfortable and safe space that can help you take the first steps in taking care of yourself. With time, understanding and trust, you can once again find hope and take steps to live your life more fully.
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