Our therapists at Family Counseling Service treat and support our clients everyday who are struggling with worries and anxiety. In fact, more people than ever before have been reaching out to us recently expressing that these specifically are some of the issues they need the most help with.
People generally know that therapists have the education and experience to properly guide clients through managing their worries and anxiety, but what many don’t often think about is how therapists are also human beings who experience these issues as well. Not even therapists are immune to dealing with worries and anxiety of their own, as it’s a part of the normal human experience.
Whatever the cause of these worrisome or anxious thoughts, therapists are unique just like our clients in that they all have their own ways of dealing with these issues. Not all strategies are a “one size fits all” solution, and what works well for one person might not work for the next. One thing is for sure though – our therapists have some wonderful tools and strategies they personally use to manage their worries and anxiety in their own lives.
We asked some of our therapists to share how they personally deal with worries and anxiety, and we hope that you find at least one of these strategies helpful in possibly implementing in your own life if you struggle in this area too.
How therapists manage their own anxiety:
Set aside time for self-care and relationships
“With the covid-19 pandemic and the continuation of it, it has caused additional stress on my family. While I love cooking and baking, I have taken a liking to audio books! I listen to these on my way to work and find it rewarding as I’d probably not find the time to read for enjoyment otherwise.
When feeling very overwhelmed, I set some time aside for good friends and laughter. It feeds my soul and reminds me that the difficulty of the current situation holds optimism for better days ahead.” – Amy Taucher (Therapist) MA, MS
Move your body, manage your mind, and connect with others
“Giving a friend a call to catch up and laugh with, dancing, yoga or stretching (Yoga with Adriene on YouTube), gratitude journaling (5 things I’m thankful for), and guided meditations (there are lot of options on YouTube & apps like Calm or Balance).” – Angie Jurek (Therapist)
Use DBT skills
“I use my One-Mindfully DBT skill. I stop whatever I am doing and focus on one thing in the moment!” – Mary Ihnenfeld (Therapist) MSW, LCSW
DBT refers to dialectical behavioral therapy. It’s an approach to therapy that can help you learn to cope with difficult emotions. At its core, DBT helps people build the four major skills of emotional regulation, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.
Gather more information about the situation
“I manage anxiety with information gathering – trying to figure out what’s really going on, what’s behind it or causing it, how is it likely to affect me. Most of our worry comes from the unknown.” – Dr. Eric Ward (Therapist) PsyD, LCPC
Anxiety is highly individualized in not only the symptoms that exist, but also in how individuals best manage their anxiety. Therapists have a variety of strategies and tactics they use not only for their clients, but also for themselves. What works well for one person, doesn’t always necessarily work well for everyone.
This is why our therapists are highly trained in working with our clients to offer personalized solutions for what they struggling with. They guide you on the journey to healing and managing your behavioral health concerns. We hope you found these tips and tricks for dealing with worries and anxiety to be helpful. What better way than learning about how therapists manage their own anxiety!
If you or someone you know is struggling with anxious or worrisome thoughts, we encourage you to reach out to us for help. Hope starts here at Family Counseling Service.