Today I went to my first session of Talking Therapies!
Talking Therapies (or now known as VitaMinds) is a mental health organisation that offers group & individual therapies across Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos!
So after a 45 minute phone assessment, the assessor thought it would be worth me going on an “Anxiety Management Course”. So I thought I would share it all with you in case some of the content may help, but also as a way for me to re-cap today’s session!
So here goes!
What is Anxiety?
So I actually learned that anxiety is a normal part of everyone’s life, but it only becomes a “disorder” when it actually effects your day-to-day life! The therapist put the idea forward that anxiety was formed when you overestimate the threat and how serious it may be, but you also underestimate your own ability to cope – I really really connected with this as I always find myself saying “I cannot cope” or something along them lines!
There is sooo many different types of anxiety as well, so I’ve listed them below with a little explanation (as it would take forever to go into so much detail about them all, so sorry in advance!)
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Worrying too much
- Specific distressing symptoms which cause you to avoid certain situations.
- Specific Phobias
- Fear of an object or situation
- Social Anxiety
- Fear of being judged negatively by others
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Unwanted thoughts that enter you head that you feel you must act on
- Panic Disorder
- Physical symptoms that peak and only last a short time
- Health Anxiety
- Worrying about your health
What is Stress?
Stress again is a normal part of life, but this time stress can lead to anxiety or vise versa!
I definitely feel that my anxiety originates from all the stress I have going on in my life at the moment!
We discussed the analogy of a “Stress Bucket”. At this point I was thinking “a bucket? I need a
fucking well”. Anyway, swiftly moving on haha – the analogy suggests that the bucket (you) fills with rain (stress). In this bucket you are supposed to have a tap (a stress release) to stop it overflowing – I really hope this makes some form of sense!
Anyway the idea is that you need to take some YOU time to de-stress.
Personally I find it quite hard to justify having some “me” time. Normal gals will have their hair, eyelashes or nails done to relax but I’ve had this luxury for so long that I find it such a chore to have it all done, but part of me wants it done so I’m not 110% sure if that even counts? Definitely food for thought!
So after the first session I feel I have learnt quite a fair bit!
Next week we will be looking at the physical effects of anxiety and how to deal with this, so I shall let you know how it goes!
I hope this comes in useful, even if its just for one of you.
All my love,