I Can't Sit Still!: Anxiety Tips from Tamyra Villines of Lynn ETherapy PLLC

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

As a therapist, there are two responses that I receive when I start discussing anxiety;

people cringe at the thought or they fully embrace the idea.  Anxiety is fear of the

unknown and a natural response to stress. We have all experienced anxiety; the

intensity and frequency vary from person to person. What does anxiety feel like?

Constant worry, increased heart rate, racing thoughts, poor sleep, irritability, emotional

outburst, sweating, pacing, the feeling of “I can’t sit still”.  These are some common

anxiety symptoms, but symptoms can vary depending on the individual. There are

healthy and unhealthy ways to cope with anxiety. We want to focus on healthy ways to

cope with anxiety daily.


1

Practice Mindfulness:  Have you ever driven home from work and did not

remember the drive there? That is our brain on autopilot. Mindfulness is allowing

yourself to be present at the moment.  The most common way to practice mindfulness is meditation.  We can also implement mindfulness practices in our daily routine by using our five senses.  Throughout your day take a moment to focus on what you hear, see, smell, touch, taste. This practice allows us to be grounded in the here and now.

 

2

Worry Time: Create a time in your day where you are going to worry about a

situation, once that moment is over, we release the worry.  For example, this afternoon

3:00-3:30 pm I am going to only focus on my finances. I know this is easier said than

done but practice makes perfect!  This technique allows us to free up space in our minds, decreasing constant worry.

 

3

Create a safe space: We play many roles in our lives; parents, friends, family

members, caretakers, & coworkers…the list goes on. It is important that we create an

environment in which we can take off those hats and fully experience ourselves. Allow

yourself to experience your emotions without carrying the burden of those roles. This

environment can be on your drive home from work, meeting up with friends for a

brunch, taking an afternoon walk, sitting in a quiet room, or speaking with your therapist. Find what space makes you feel safe and spend some time there.

 

It is important that we understand that feeling anxiety is not a death sentence, it is an

emotion like any other. We must learn how to cope with this emotion daily.  Be open to

learning and implementing techniques to cope with anxiety. The techniques shared in

this post are not the only ways we are able to cope with anxiety.  It is recommended that

you find a mental health professional to help create a more personalized plan to cope

with anxiety.


Tamyra Villines is a licensed mental health counselor that specializes in anxiety

disorders.  Tamyra has a private practice, Lynn eTherapy PLLC, where she offers

individual therapy virtually in select states. Tamyra offers free over the phone

consultations.  Check out Tamyra's website  www.lynnetherapypllc.com  for more

information.



 


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