Anxiety is a normal part of life. It’s a feeling we all experience when we’re under pressure. But for some people, anxiety can be more than just an occasional nuisance. It can be a debilitating condition that causes physical and emotional symptoms and interferes with daily life. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States, affecting 40 million adults yearly.
Anxiety can manifest in many different ways. It can cause physical symptoms like sweating, trembling, dizziness, and heart palpitations. It can also cause emotional symptoms like fear, worry, restlessness, and irritability. People with anxiety disorders often have difficulty sleeping and may avoid situations that make them anxious.
Many factors can contribute to anxiety disorders, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life experiences. but one of the most important contributing factors is stress. Stressful events in our lives (like relationship problems, financial troubles, job insecurity, or a global pandemic) can trigger anxiety symptoms. And if we don’t have healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress, it can lead to anxiety disorders.
There are many ways to treat anxiety disorders, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes. coaching is a therapy that can help you learn healthy coping mechanisms and manage stress in your life. It’s been shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders. Healthcare coaching is a new and emerging field focusing on holistically helping people manage their health and well-being. Stress management techniques like meditation, mindfulness, and exercise can also help reduce anxiety symptoms.
If you’re struggling with anxiety, know that you’re not alone. Many resources are available to help you cope with your symptoms and live a healthy and happy life despite your anxiety disorder.
Help is available for you; you just need to ask for it.
At some point in our lives, we have all felt the effects of stress. Maybe it was during a hectic work week or a period of personal upheaval. Whatever the cause, stress can take a toll on our physical and emotional well-being. Initially, we may not realize we are under stress until it becomes more frequent and unmanageable.
That’s when coaching can help. Coaching can help us to identify the sources of our stress and develop strategies for managing it. In addition, coaching can help us to regain a sense of balance and perspective. By investing in our coaching relationship, we can learn to manage our stress more effectively and improve our overall well-being.
How Coaching Can Help Us Manage Stress
As working professionals, we often wear many hats and juggle multiple responsibilities. This can lead to feelings of overwhelm and anxiety. Coaching can help us identify the sources of our stress to develop strategies for managing it more effectively. In addition, coaching can help us to regain a sense of balance and perspective.
For example, let’s say you are stressed about an upcoming presentation at work. Your coach will help you explore the thoughts and beliefs contributing to your anxiety. Together, you will develop a plan for managing your stress to feel more prepared and confident going into your presentation.
The benefits of coaching extend beyond managing stress. Coaching can also help us set healthy boundaries, communicate more effectively, and make positive life changes.
If you feel stressed, overwhelmed, or out of balance, consider investing in a coaching relationship. A good coach will help you identify the sources of your stress to develop strategies for managing it more effectively. In addition, coaching can help you to regain a sense of balance and perspective. By investing in your coaching relationship, you can learn to manage your stress more effectively and improve your overall well-being.
Susan Leys provides consulting and coaching for the healthcare professionals and teams who care for all of us.
Susan earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; her M.Ed. and C.A.G.S. are in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College. Additionally, she holds two graduate certificates: one in The Business of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University and the other in High-Performance Leadership from Cornell University. Susan is also a John Maxwell Certified Coach who can offer you or your team workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching to foster your personal and professional growth.
Susan acknowledges that coaching and training professionals is work that “never really feels like work because of how rewarding it is; there’s nothing better than seeing the results in your clients’ personal and professional growth when they’re reaching their fullest potential.”