A big test. Talking with the boss about a raise. The first day at school. Moving to a new place. There are many legitimate reasons for feeling ‘anxious’. But sometimes anxiety becomes more than just the day-to-day concerns and start to interfere with our lives.
This article in Self looks at some of the signs that it may be time to seek help from a Mental Health Professional. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety affects about 40 million American adults each year, but there is more to it than that. The article goes on to discuss several different types of anxiety disorders and talks to the shame and fear that can accompany sever feelings of anxiety. Lots of symptoms are discussed. Among them, functional impairment, sleep issues, irritability and physical problems. Clinical psychologist Robert Duff, Ph.D. states “If your anxiety is bothering you and you are suffering, you deserve to get help”. The article also offers lots of good resources and tips for dealing with anxiety.
Work with horses can be a powerful intervention for those dealing with anxiety. Stepping outside of your comfort zone, but into a non-judgemental but gently challenging environment builds confidence. Learning that you can be a good leader continues to bolster a ‘I can do this’ frame of mind. Learning and practicing self-calming/self-soothing skills while doing something that is special makes the process easier. It is a journey of discover about horses but, more importantly about you! We go at your pace with your goals and objectives guiding the journey.
The bottom line. If you or someone you know are missing out on life because of anxiety, seek help. We are here. If you need to a referral to a therapist, we can provide you a list of local resources. Give us a call of send us an email. We will schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce you to our wonderful herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.