You've had anxiety for as long as you can remember. You've read the self-help books in an effort to manage it and if one more person recommends deep breathing or meditation to you, you may lose your shit.
Feeling as though you're experiencing constant, impending doom has left you hopeless. Worrying that the worst will happen makes you afraid to do very normal things.
Or worse, you're considering doing some normal things but all you're able to think about is the anxiety you've historically experienced while doing those normal things. When you think of those experiences you become paralyzed with fear.
It's not just the worried thoughts either. It's the physical sensations too. The shortness of breathe, dizziness, nausea, sweaty hands. Though uncomfortable, you'll take that over the panic attacks and the invisible weight that feels like it's suffocating you.
Sometimes you notice the thought before your heart starts racing. Other times your stomach tightening triggers the thoughts. It's a vicious cycle and one you're ready to end.
Your moments of bravery are becoming short lived the more the anxiety takes over and you're asking yourself what's happened?
What if I told you that the goal of our work isn't to manage the anxiety, but to heal it? That anxiety doesn't have to hold you back from living your life and you can have a new relationship with it?
It's time to be the main character in your life again; no more anxiety running the show. I want you to think about all the things you want to do with this one, wild and precious life of yours. Even if it scares you, I want you to know all of those things are possible.
EMDR operates on the premise that present is informed by the past. How we respond to present-day situations is determined largely by how we responded to past events. EMDR therapy allows the brain to naturally heal from these past events and associated emotional pain.
Through this process anxiety no longer becomes a burden or curse, but a gift leading you to unacknowledged pain, that when recognized can be set free.
"Your presence is your power. Be mindful of how your thoughts, words, and energy disconnect you from the Universe. And know the difference between what it feels like to be connected to the presence of your power versus what it feels like when you’re not."
-Gabrielle Bernstein, The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
"Being human is not hard because you're doing it wrong. It's hard because you're doing it right. You will never change the fact that being human is hard, so you must change your idea that it was every supposed to be easy."
-Glennon Doyle, Untamed
"Guess what? When it comes right down to it, wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that’s what you’ve wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that’s what’s on your mind. Whatever has happened to you, it has already happened.
The important question is, how are you going to handle it? In other words, 'Now what?'"
-Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are
It's possible to turn the mind chatter off. No longer assuming the worst or creating problems in your brain that don't really exist. I encourage you to give yourself to permission for once to think about what could happen if things go right? No more weight, no more drowning, no more chaos. Lightness, breathe, and stillness.
When you're ready to, I invite you to schedule your free consultation at my Santa Clarita, CA office below. What's the worst that could happen?