5 Signs it’s time to start anxiety therapy

Anxiety therapy may be something that has crossed your mind. You notice that your anxiety has been all too overwhelming lately. The rapid paced thoughts, sweaty palms, physical tension, difficulty focusing, have been taking over. You are longing for the time when you will be free from all this anxiety. You want to be able to focus on what matters, the present moment. Unfortunately your anxiety has you focused on the past and the future taking away from the fun of life. 

If some or all of this is resonating it is a sign that you may be ready for anxiety treatment. You don’t want anxiety to be a part of your day to day but it feels hard to control much of the time. You are ready for a change but you wan’t to ensure you are on the right path. 

Perhaps your anxiety looks like this:  

You are headed over to work and you start to get a rush of thoughts about all you have to do. You then start to think about the meeting you have and what others will think with what you plan to share. Physical symptoms are hitting strong. Your mind is starting to get filled with all these ‘what if’s.’ You know that when you get this anxious it can really impact your day and it’s pretty hard to focus. 

You end up feeling in a place of overwhelm and in need to make things better in your life. You are thinking about getting into anxiety treatment but you aren’t sure where to start. The truth is that you likely know inside your gut when it’s time to start anxiety therapy. 

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Let’s take a closer look at the 5 signs it’s time to start anxiety therapy  

Time to Start Anxiety Therapy: Sign One→ Your anxiety is taking away from your ability to connect with your family. 

Unfortunately when we can get up in our heads this can truly take away from connecting with the people we love. If you are having anxiety about work, socially, or your kids (or all else) and it takes away from your ability to connect with them in the moments then you are giving anxiety a whole lot of power. The power of taking your memories away. This is really powerful when you think about it. How much power do you want to give away to anxiety? When you give it power to take away from the memories, an opportunity to teach your children something new, or share a moment with your partner then you give it a whole lot of power. 

In anxiety treatment in Simi Valley, Ca we help you see the ways in which anxiety takes away your power and ability to connect with your kids. We also help you identify how anxiety can lead you to be more reactive leading you to not be your best self with your family. 

Time to Start Anxiety Therapy: Sign Two→ Anxiety stops you from trying new things. 

Allowing yourself to try new things and raise the bar for what you expect and want in your life is part of growth and happiness. But anxiety can be a downer when it comes to allowing ourselves to try the new things that will ultimately lead to the growth we envision for our lives. Maybe you really want to take a new class, start a side hustle, switch jobs, consider a new school for your child, move etc but anxiety stops you from making moves. Why? Fear of making the wrong move. Ultimately when we don’t risk making a wrong move we stop living. 

We stop ourselves from growing beyond our bubble. And we lose the opportunity to feel all the beauty of new and exciting moments to enter our lives. In anxiety therapy in our Simi Valley Therapy practice we work with you on getting out of your bubble! We help you tolerate the uncomfortable so you can truly get at the beauty of life. 

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Time to Start Anxiety Therapy: Sign Three→ You have difficulty sleeping at night. 

Being able to get some sleep at night is a necessity for you to live a meaningful and productive life. Everyone has different sleep needs but the truth for us all is that when anxiety overtakes at night it can truly impact our functioning during our days. Also, who wants to be thinking 1,001 things at night. You want to get some sleep. Maybe you are even up for an hour or two before you are able to fall asleep (if that…). 

The reality is that there is so much you can do to help you sleep better at night with anxiety. You want to ensure that you are trying things differently and putting anxiety in ITS PLACE! Our team of therapists and psychologists in Simi Valley Ca help you do just that. We help you put the worries and anxiety to bed before you go to bed so you can get some much needed sleep. The truth is that when you are living on limited sleep this can truly impact all parts of your life.    

Time to Start Anxiety Therapy: Sign Four→ You are physically impacted by anxiety. 

You may know what I am talking about here. Those physical symptoms of anxiety can be the most frustrating thing. Your heart is beating so fast. Your palms are sweaty. Maybe you feel that tension throughout your body. Headaches. It’s the worst! When you physically feel ill this will truly limit your ability from enjoying life. Sometimes it’s hard to connect the dots between anxiety and physical symptoms. It’s important to remember though that anxiety can have a true physical reaction. When you work on the anxiety then the physical response will lessen.

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Time to Start Anxiety Therapy: Sign Five→ Your quality of life is impacted because of anxiety. 

Overall anxiety can have a huge impact on your ability to enjoy your life. Not only will it impact your ability to connect, try new things, love yourself, it takes away from your ability to function when it gets bad enough. We want to help ensure that it doesn’t get to those levels! And when you take control back from anxiety you are teaching yourself a clear message of “I matter enough!”

Maybe you’ve thought of starting treatment for anxiety but you have some reservations about it. You are unsure how it works. If it’s going to help. Maybe you are holding some stigma about therapy in general. Or perhaps you’ve been in therapy before and didn’t find it so helpful. 

The reality is that anxiety therapy can be the most helpful thing when you are committed to make change and when you have the right therapist for you. Finding a therapist that’s the right fit may seem difficult as there are so many and you aren’t sure where to start. I recommend starting therapy with anyone that seems overall like someone (based on bio, recommendation, reviews or phone consult) that feels like a good place to start. Then go in with an open mind and allow yourself to see if it feels right to you. 

About the author,

Donna Novak, Psy.D. 

Simi Valley Psychologist Dr. Donna Novak

I specialize in working with anxiety and in helping adolescents and their families, adults, and couples better their relationships and find direction. Rather than shy away from the tough stuff in life, I prefer to face it head-on, together. I believe that challenges are part of being human and that everyone has the potential to become their own life’s navigator. So they never have to feel out of control or at the mercy of their circumstances. Learn more

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