Tracey decided to reach out to TALKWORKS when she recognised that her anxiety was causing her to withdraw from activities she’d previously enjoyed. Through accessing support, she was able to clear her head and get back on track:
“I decided to contact TALKWORKS when the anxiety I was feeling around menopause started to affect my day to day life. I was worrying constantly about anything and everything and unable to cope with day to day tasks, including work. I was cancelling planned catch ups all the time and making excuses. I knew it was time to do something when it started having a huge impact on my family and how we would spend our time together.
I was worried about my initial appointment with my therapist, but from the start he put me at ease. He wasn’t judgemental - he listened to all my concerns and then explained how we could work on improving things. I decided to continue with a follow up phone call every 2 weeks as it kept me focused and motivated to do the ‘homework ‘ that I needed to do. It was sometimes hard to find time to do this initially, but after a few weeks it became part of my daily routine and I could see how I needed to take this time out - for me! The first time I had the feeling of ‘space’ in my head was overwhelming and I realised just how much my worrisome thoughts had been consuming me over the last couple of years.
I feel so much lighter and relaxed now these thoughts aren’t constantly in my head. Obviously they do still pop up, but I now have the tools and techniques given to me to be able to deal with them.
A huge Thank You!!”
If you are struggling with anxious thoughts or feeling overwhelmed, please don’t bottle this up and keep it to yourself. Our TALKWORKS Clinicians are trained to work with you and support you to help you make sense of things so that you can feel better again. You don’t need to contact a GP before accessing our services – you can refer yourself by completing an online self-referral form, or calling our team on 0300 555 3344 (our phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm).
Posted by Victoria Walmesley on 17 March, 2023