Here's why anxiety "WORKS" and what you can do to shift out of the Endless Anxiety Cycle...
Having anxiety is normal and necessary.
It's what motivates us to get work done.
It's what keeps us safe from dangerous situations.
And when we can use our anxiety as a catalyst to solve problems...
Like studying for a big test
Or looking both ways before we cross a street
Well, then anxiety has done its job and we're happy.
BUT... when our bodies or minds perceive a threat when there is no actual danger, well...
We end up isolating
Or opting out of life events
Or feeling paralyzed to move forward or complete daily tasks
The truth is that avoidance "works" to manage anxiety. And that's what makes it so hard to change.
When we avoid a situation that makes us anxious, it makes the anxiety go away. And that makes us feel safe.
But it also maintains the anxiety.
Avoidant behavior confirms in our brains that the trigger for our anxiety actually IS a threat. And then it makes it even HARDER to face this situation in the future.
At the teen support center, we help teens learn that the only way to anxiety relief is THROUGH the anxiety itself.
We teach targeted coping skills to manage in-the-moment anxiety while also helping our teens to FACE the situation that's making them anxious.
As our amazing therapist Gabby Morale always says, "If you can't face it, you can't fix it... so let's face it together!"