Where to Start When Feeling Anxiety and Stress

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We are wired for anxiety. All of us. When you feel like you are struggling with anxiety and stress, it is important to remind yourself that you are not alone, and many people struggle with anxiety and stress every day. For some, the anxiety can become a disorder and it begins to impact relationships, work, and even health. By reading this article, you have already taken your first step to get help with anxiety. Anxiety can be treatable with counseling and therapy.

What is the Difference Between Regular Anxiety and an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety is a normal part of life. Anxiety is an activating emotion which helps us deal with a challenge, or fear in our future. Having a healthy concern about a situation can help you anticipate possible problems and discover better ways of handling them in advance. However, people with anxiety disorders experience frequent worry or fear that interferes with everyday life, relationships, work, or it causes an inordinate amount of distress compared to normative anxiety.

3 Tips That Help with Panic Attacks

When anxiety strikes, panic attacks can follow. Here are a few reminders you can use to reduce the severity of your attacks.

  1. Breathe: There are many techniques and numbers to count—but for the most part, if you focus on taking long, deep breaths, your body and mind will slow down with your breathing.
  2. No Time Traveling: Anxiety can take you out of the present. It can make you worry about consequences in the future and blame yourself for actions in the past. Ask yourself: What’s happening right now? Am I safe? Is there anything that needs to be done right now? If not, give yourself permission to check in later.
  3. Take Any Action: Sometimes just standing up, taking a walk across the room or throwing something in the trash can pull you out of an anxiety loop.

Consider Joining a Social Meetup for Anxiety

In Portland, there are meetups, large and small, that provide an opportunity to socialize with others that have your same challenges. The largest meetup is the Portland Anxiety & Depression Group. As of the date of this blog post, they are 4,800 members strong and describe themselves as, “A Meetup for folks ready (with a little encouragement and support) to challenge the sadness and worry, hopelessness and fear, that keep us isolated from one another and at the mercy of painful thoughts, feelings, and events that seem beyond our control.”

What Can Therapy Do for Anxiety Disorder?

Although there are multiple symptoms of anxiety disorder and different types of anxiety disorder, when your world becomes limited due to fears, it is time to seek treatment. Anxiety can impact your relationships, health, sleep, or work. It can even impact the ability to learn and pursue new things.

Do I Need Insurance to See A Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.


If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with Anxiety Disorder,