- Have you always pushed yourself to achieve and be the best in every aspect of your life, even or especially in fast-paced, competitive and high-stress environments?
- Have you achieved many of your goals, but now you wonder if your success really makes you happy?
- Are you struggling to slow your mind and calm your thoughts?
- Do you feel on-edge, irritable and distracted by a seemingly endless to-do list?
- Have you experienced physical symptoms of anxiety, such as insomnia, nausea, excessive sweating or an elevated heart rate?
- Do you wish you could find a moment to just slow down and find relief?
If you are struggling with anxiety, you may wake up each morning immediately overwhelmed by stress, apprehension and dread. Perhaps every day comes with an endless list of chores and tasks, and you worry that something bad will happen in your home, career or relationship if you don’t complete every little thing. Maybe you’re constantly on high drive, feel plagued by perfectionism and doubt that you will ever meet your own standards. Or, you may feel stalled and procrastinate out of a fear that you will trip up or fail.
Maybe you have recently relocated to the Bay Area because of school or your career, and you feel lonely and isolated. Or, maybe you are surrounded by friends and family, but worry that your concerns and fears are increasingly alienating others. You might feel short-tempered, irritable and often find yourself snapping at coworkers or loved ones before you realize what you are saying. Perhaps you just can’t stop your mind from racing, and you rely on alcohol or other substances to help you temporarily zone out before you start the exhausting, frustrating cycle of go-go-go all over again.
Anxiety Affects Many People, Especially in Silicon Valley
If you feel weighed down by constant stress and racing thoughts, you are not alone. Anxiety is incredibly common, especially in places like Silicon Valley, where so many people have jobs in fast-paced, highly competitive fields, such as the tech industry. Everyone deals with stress. Sometimes, stress can be productive and help us to do the things we need to do, such as completing a project on time or remembering to fill our gas tanks. However, stress can also become consuming and begin to zap joy out of your life.
Hard-working, driven people are more likely to struggle with the second, more harmful type of anxiety. If you are competitive and strive to achieve, you might find that you rely on external markers – such as your house, your car or your salary – to measure your self-worth. You may feel like you always have to be giving your all or else your world will come crashing down on you. If you are driven by constant pressure, you may be self-sabotaging by acting out, working yourself to exhaustion or procrastinating because of debilitating perfectionism. It may seem like there is no way out. But, relief is possible. Thankfully, with help, you can live the life you want with greater self-acceptance and ease.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Feel Comfortable With Calm
There is hope to break free of the endless, racing thoughts that are causing you pain and distress. Through anxiety treatment, you can find a way to achieve your life goals without driving yourself to exhaustion.
In sessions, I will be your partner on your journey away from anxiety and toward peaceful productivity. By discussing your issues and worries in a safe, non-judgmental environment, you can begin to recognize circular patterns of thought and behavior and examine the root causes of your anxiety. Together, we will have a real conversation about what is going on in your heart and mind so that we can delve into what is at the root of your driven, racing mind and consuming worries so that you can discover lasting relief.
My approach to anxiety treatment is eclectic, and I will work to respond to your particular needs and goals. We will work to uncover the root of the problem and also give you tools to develop and sustain present moment calm, rather than always living in the future or your to-do list. I emphasize a mindfulness approach, which includes specific skills that you can practice to bring yourself into the present moment and let go of worries about what happened yesterday and what will occur tomorrow. Through mindfulness training, you can develop ways to be at ease in your body, observing your thoughts as though they are part of a river going by, not a flood that is sweeping you away. As you grow more grounded, you can begin to experience your thoughts without them taking hold of you.
I understand what it is like to struggle to balance too many things, feeling as though one wrong move will bring it all crashing down. With two small children and two practices, I constantly practice what I preach. With support and guidance, you can develop self-acceptance and self-compassion. As you allow yourself to sit with your thoughts and take the time to find a moment of respite from your busy day, you can cultivate peaceful productivity. No matter how overwhelming things may seem right now, mindfulness can help you create ease and calm so that you can truly enjoy the life you want.
You may think that anxiety treatment can help you find relief, but still have questions or concerns…
I’m worried about the financial cost of anxiety treatment.
I invite you to consider how much anxiety has already cost you. Maybe irritability or perfectionism has almost cost you your job or your relationships. Or, maybe you feel so anxious to get ahead that you find yourself running in place. Anxiety can affect your life in many hidden, emotional ways. It can also take a toll on your physical health, especially if you experience symptoms of panic, such as an upset stomach or an elevated heart rate. Therapy is an investment in your future. By paying attention to and mitigating your anxiety, you can work to make sure that other aspects of your life don’t fall apart.
I should be able to handle this by myself.
If you have been struggling with anxiety, you have probably tried many things in an attempt to find relief. Maybe you have taken up running, but now feel as though that is just another thing you have to do to live up to your own expectations. Or, maybe you have a glass of wine to unwind, but it quickly turns into three and you wake up feeling just as on-edge as you did the day before. If you are here, reading this page, it is likely that the things you have tried have not worked. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. An outside perspective can be refreshing. You don’t have to feel isolated and alone. Through anxiety treatment, you gain the support and guidance needed to make lasting, positive changes.
Sometimes, moving through life with drive and determination can help you get where you want to be. However, other times, this same drive can spiral out of control, leaving you exhausted, worn down and unhappy. You may have achieved so many wonderful things but still feel dissatisfied.
Anxiety treatment will not make you go soft or lose your edge. Instead, it will help you harness useful motivation and let go of cyclical dread. You can be both goal-oriented and at ease. In fact, as you learn ways to find calm, you may discover that this balance actually gives you an edge in your workplace. Greater emotional intelligence and self-acceptance can lead to a decline in irritability and perfectionism, which can improve relationships both in and outside of the workplace. With help, you can be on top of your responsibilities while also enjoying inner calm.
For more information on how I can help you, to schedule a no-charge 20 minute phone consultation, or to make an appointment, please call or text 408-213-8148 or email at DrGinger@GingerMartirePhD.com.
Life can be more fulfilling…
You can be happy again.
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