Experiencing mild anxiety from time to time is a normal and natural part of human life. It’s simply evolutionary. When we’re in a situation that our body perceives to be dangerous, it sends signals that trigger that “fight or flight” response, causing reactions such as shaking, clammy hands, or enlarged pupils. We aren’t threatened by predators anymore, but it’s normal to experience anxiety in other situations that are somewhat scary in modern life: exams, job interviews, first dates, and so on. But when anxiety occurs often, and for regular, simple things, it can become a serious mental health condition that requires management and treatment.
A professional counsellor can help you anytime you need someone to talk to, you’re going through challenging times, or you want to better understand your emotions and response to them. However, if you feel that anxiety is interfering with your daily life to the point that you feel overwhelmed by day-to-day situations and is affecting your personal and professional life, you should see a counsellor as soon as possible.
It’s very important to point out there are several types of anxiety, and the symptoms can vary from person to person:
Anxiety can appear for many reasons. Sometimes, you may have a personality type that’s more prone to anxiety, or it can be caused by stress buildup, traumatic life events, or medical conditions.
If you’re experiencing any of the following, you should consider talking to a counsellor:
In-personal counselling sessions have been the most popular form of therapy for anxiety for years, but you don’t necessarily have to go to a counsellor’s office to get professional treatment. The same results can be obtained at home, through telephone counselling for anxiety. This alternative has become more widespread during the COVID-19 lockdown, when most counsellor offices were closed, but many people continued their sessions even after restrictions were lifted because it was more convenient for them.
Even if sessions take place via phone, the standard of quality is the same. In fact, studies have shown that there is no difference in therapy outcome over the phone compared to in-person sessions and that, in some cases, telephone counselling can be even more effective. If you feel more comfortable discussing your feelings over the phone, and you prefer keeping counselling private for the time being, telephone counselling is an excellent alternative.