Could anxiety therapy benefit your lifestyle?

61.5% of individuals with a common mental health disorder such as anxiety in a given week aren’t receiving any treatment.
20 January 2022

By Vanessa B

In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, 61.5% of individuals with a common mental health disorder such as anxiety in a given week aren’t receiving any treatment. Anxiety therapy could greatly benefit your lifestyle, in terms of managing the symptoms of an anxiety disorder and filling your life with anxiety-battling techniques, activities and strategies that are enriching and invaluable. 

Overcoming worries isn’t something that has to be done alone! However, we recognise that the process of seeking professional help often builds up more worry and stress, so it might be fruitful to consider these many benefits before pursuing the therapeutic route. 

Before we jump into the benefits of anxiety therapy for you and your lifestyle, we’d like to address the terminology of ‘therapist’. You might have heard of an anxiety ‘counsellor’ or ‘therapist’ referred to in equal measure. Indeed, there are many types of mental health professionals, and it can be difficult to know which professional would best suit you. Counsellors and therapists are titles used interchangeably among many practices, and simply refers to their ability to utilise talking therapies to work through anxiety. 

Now, counselling for anxiety can be a liberating and enlightening experience. Here are just a few reasons why.

A safe space without judgement

In our day-to-day lives, many of us can sometimes feel as though there are no judgement-free zones in which we can express our deepest worries and thoughts. Anxiety therapy provides that safe space without judgement or stigma, a haven from a bustling lifestyle. 

In a lifestyle, you need that space and time to overcome difficulties, otherwise you run the risk of emotional and physical burnout. Anxiety therapists are there, in their office, because they want to help! Whatever challenges you’re facing, anxiety therapy can offer great insight.

Efficient, pinpointed treatment

Wading through anxiety, amid trying to juggle work and relationships, can seem like an uphill battle. With the help of anxiety therapy, you can pinpoint the root cause of your worries, working through thoughts, emotions, and even your background. 

By addressing the anxiety-driven behaviours that infringe upon your lifestyle, through a range of behavioural techniques such as reframing negative thoughts (or something as simple as meditation and reflection!), you can begin to live without constant stress and panic. 

Anxiety isn’t all there is

Anxiety therapy allows you to see and think beyond anxiety. Sometimes, when you’re anxious, it can be hard to remember – and focus on – the good things in life. When anxiety becomes all-consuming, your lifestyle can be greatly disrupted. One of the many benefits of anxiety therapy, therefore, is allowing you to move forward in life. Take that promotion at work, jump at the chance for a new relationship or milestone and most of all, have confidence in yourself.

Clarify what you want in life

When wrapped up in anxiety, it’s easy to lose sight of your dreams and values. Through the help of an anxiety therapist, you can clarify what you desire in life. What do you wish to achieve? You can completely transform your lifestyle into the life of your dreams, simply through the gentle guidance and well-informed strategies that therapy can provide.

Expand your support network

Personal relationships can be biased, and advice from friends or family might not be suitable for you and your needs. Support from your loved ones is invaluable, but a therapist can offer a stress-free, no-holds-barred perspective on your anxiety. This allows a therapist to treat you in the most appropriate manner possible; they are the best professional support network available. 

Bear in mind, it is important that you connect well with your therapist! They are there to support you professionally, and anxiety doesn’t always have a ‘quick fix’. You and your therapist must work together, dedicated to improving the management of your anxiety. If you don’t connect well with your therapist, or want a different approach to anxiety treatment, feel free to seek out another, better fit. Some therapists specialise in CBT only, while others advocate for approaches such as art therapy or movement therapy. 

Ultimately, people seek out anxiety therapy for so many reasons – and to the ultimate benefit of themselves and their lifestyle. People who feel isolated, struggle with spiralling thoughts or cannot sleep for worry, can all find respite through therapy. 

If you’re thinking of becoming an anxiety therapist yourself, nscience offer training to be an anxiety therapist across the UK. If you have struggled with anxiety yourself and now desire to help others, or want to jumpstart your therapeutic career, training courses can be a priceless investment. Bring your knowledge and expertise up to scratch, as soon as possible.