Overcoming Anxiety with Mindfulness: Mental Health Awareness Month

It’s Mental Health Awareness month and this year’s focus is on anxiety, something most of us are unfortunately more than familiar with.

As a specialist in anxiety treatment, I want to share some insights on how Mindfulness-based psychotherapy and coaching can help those suffering from anxiety.

Anxiety is a complex issue that can manifest in many ways, including physical symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, and overwhelming feelings of worry, dread or fear. It’s important to remember that everyone’s experience of anxiety is unique, and there are many different types of anxiety disorders that require specific treatment approaches.

Mindfulness-based psychotherapy and coaching focuses on cultivating a present-moment, non-judgmental awareness of thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations rather than trying to change or challenge them, and is a uniquely integrative approach that surpasses traditional Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and is effective long term.

Through mindfulness techniques and practices clients learn practical tools and techniques that they can use in everyday life to manage their anxiety. These practices have been scientifically proven to change neural pathways when practiced regularly, much like building muscles at the gym requires consistent effort. By building this awareness and connection to the present moment in the body, clients can break the automatic responses they’ve developed over time and create new, healthier habits.

Addressing underlying psychological issues that might be feeding and triggering anxiety is also an important aspect of approaching such stresses. By working through these issues with a professional psychotherapist, clients can better understand the root causes of their anxiety and develop strategies for managing it.

It’s worth noting that every person’s journey to managing anxiety is different. Some may experience significant transformation in just 15-20 sessions, while others may require more time and support. However, with the right tools and techniques, everyone has the potential to learn how to manage their anxiety in a healthy and sustainable way.

Mindfulness practices are ancient and have been around for over 2,500 years and have been scientifically researched and proven to be effective in treating anxiety in modern times at Mindfulness Research centres at some of the best universities in the world, including UCLA, and Oxford. By working with a specialist in anxiety treatment who uses an integrative model, clients can access a unique and effective approach to managing their anxiety and learn to understand and how to process the underlying issues and triggers. 

I encourage everyone to take a moment during 2023 Mental Health Awareness Month to reflect on their own mental health and seek out resources if they need them. Remember, you’re not alone, and there are many effective approaches to managing anxiety that can transform your life. Here is a free, ad-less video where I demonstrate how you can use breathing and other Mindfulness based techniques to stop catastrophic thinking, anxiety and panic before it yanks you into the pits of despair.

And remember, don't believe everything your brain tells you!