You’re mentally drained and those pesky thoughts won’t stop racing inside your head. You thought you were doing all the right things, and now you’re wondering, “why do I feel this way?”

For young adults, the pressure to figure out life and figure out who you are is pretty intense. In fact, there’s a whole lot of “figuring out” to do: who your friends are, your dating life (heck, you’re wondering if you even should be dating), taking care of yourself, navigating your bank account, figuring out your career. . . the list goes on. You’re just trying to make it through the week without calling your best friend in tears.

With all the pressure and constant change that young adulthood brings, it’s a common time for anxiety to start getting in the way of life.

“Do I Have Anxiety?” — signs and symptoms of anxiety

While anxiety may present itself differently from person to person, common signs and symptoms of anxiety include:

  • excessive worry and difficulty controlling worry

  • feeling tense and “on edge”

  • trouble concentrating or focusing

  • irritability

  • trouble sleeping

  • feeling afraid

  • feeling tired throughout the day

  • stomachaches / nausea

These physical and emotional symptoms are all common symptoms of anxiety. There are also a handful of common, less obvious signs of anxiety.

Anxiety is an uncomfortable emotion, especially when it feels uncontrollable and when it’s experienced often throughout the day. Luckily, there are effective treatments for anxiety that can help you find relief.

cognitive behavioral therapy in st. paul, mn

Anxiety is treatable. Working with a therapist who specializes in anxiety can provide the guidance and support you need to so that you can learn how to manage anxiety and get back in the driver’s seat of your life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one highly effective form of treatment for anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a widely-researched, clinically effective form of anxiety treatment. While participating in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you and your therapist will work together to help you gain the insight and skills needed to begin changing your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so that you can lower your anxiety.

One powerful step of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is building awareness of the thoughts that lead to anxious feelings and unhelpful behaviors. Another step includes identifying the thinking traps we commonly find ourselves stuck in that lead to anxiety and other uncomfortable emotions.

Mindfulness training is another effective form of anxiety treatment. Mindfulness training helps you increase awareness to what’s going on inside of you, which is necessary in order to begin “catching” the automatic thoughts and feelings that cause anxiety. Mindfulness training can also help you work toward increasing your sense of calm, confidence, and focus.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is another treatment for lowering anxiety, and is particularly effective for individuals whose anxiety is rooted in past traumatic experiences and self-limiting beliefs.

Other Goal Areas in therapy

Wondering what else might be covered in therapy? While everyone will have different goals, other common goal areas for young adults include:

  • untangling the patterns that are keeping you stuck

  • gaining healthy, effective skills for feeling more calm, confident, and balanced

  • exploring how your past might be affecting your present

  • healing from trauma

  • navigating healthy, meaningful friendships and relationships

  • restoring your confidence and self-esteem

  • exploring who you are and honing in on your unique strengths & awesomeness

If these sound like areas in your life you’d like to improve, counseling can provide that extra guidance and support you need so you can begin making positive changes.

If you’re a young adult looking for an anxiety therapist in St. Paul, MN, it’s simple to get started. Just click below so we can get connected and learn more about one another. If it sounds like we’re a good fit, we’ll schedule our first session together.