Anxiety looks a little different in all of us and finds its foothold based on a variety of factors: genetics, early experiences, current stressors, and social discomfort, to name a few. For some people it is utterly debilitating in one or more domains of life and for others it’s an unpleasant refrigerator hum that dampens an otherwise well-lived life.
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There is a reason that anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. With a fundamental basis in the emotion of fear, anxiety is actually very important to our ability to survive. Without at least a little anxiety, we would generally lack the motivation to get up, get going, and do what we want to do. Thus, getting rid of anxiety altogether is neither ideal or achievable. Therapy can help you both regulate the intensity of anxiety and make a pivot in how you respond to its presence, making way for less struggle and more opportunities for choosing how you want to live.