Thank you to Stacey and Anxiety Centre for everything!
I joined the Anxiety Centre website over a year ago. I found it so encouraging - gave me answers to all my questions in regards to my health and explained why I felt the way I did. After studying the information, listening to every recorded Skype message, I had so much information that I became anxious just trying to figure it all out.
I knew I needed to speak to a counsellor to sort out my thoughts and all the information that I had been learning, but took me awhile to finally make that decision to do so. After reading about each of the anxiety counsellors, I chose Stacey Ellertson because it seemed he had struggled with the same type of anxiety symptoms. Nervously, I awaited his call - but right from the start of our conversation, he was kind and easy to speak with. He explained how the body works - and that this was simply “biology”. It is really interesting to look at how our bodies are created perfectly - and that if we over-tax them with too much stress (which could be a physical stress, emotional stress or even too much caffeine and sugar), there is no balance and we become “over-stimulated”. When we become over-stimulated - it causes many bizarre sensations, that eventually will lead to symptoms (because the body doesn’t ever get a chance to calm down). Stress comes in many different forms, our thoughts, our actions, health issues etc., which leads to an un-balanced life.
Stacey was great at giving me the tools I needed to realize that my thoughts and actions - and the way that I looked at situations were causing my stress. He helped me to create a new file folder in my brain - what used to be FEAR is now a file folder called FREEDOM. This file folder contains the information that I go to when I was feeling anxious and stressed.
I am a perfectionist, over-responsible and have high expectations of myself and others …. do you think that could cause stress?? YES! My overly anxious behaviours caused an anxious mind. Stacey’s greatest advice was to have a life that is balanced and have rhythm. Now I take the time to think about what I am thinking about and use the tools to calm my mind - which in turn - calm the body and vice versa.
If you are thinking of talking to someone but too afraid - or embarrassed - don’t be! I cannot encourage you enough to speak to someone about the fears and struggles that you are having. Speaking to a counsellor that has gone through the same issues is so awesome - they understand - have beaten the anxiety and have the compassion to know what it feels like to struggle.
I use my new folder everyday - do my relaxation everyday and my so grateful for the encouragement and help that Anxiety Centre has been! I have always looked at life as a challenge - now I am choosing to look at life with joy - and it is wonderful. Thank you to Stacey and Anxiety Centre for everything!
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated August 2016.