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Anxiety and the Ideal Temperature: Learning to Control the Thermostat

For most people, the word anxiety can bring about a wide variety of reactions. Perhaps the word anxiety can bring about that very same thing: Anxiety. In today’s busy, go here, go there, multi-tasking focused world, anxiety can seem an unavoidable part of life, but for many, anxiety can also be that pesky character who has sole control over the thermostat in their lives.

Ask anyone about the frustration that he has felt by someone who has had a roommate (or significant other) who has preferences for a different “ideal temperature” in their home. Be it a difference between wanting it cooler in the summer or those who love to be able to enjoy the cold in winter, nothing can so easily set forth feelings of discomfort between people who cohabitate. For me, if the temperature of a room is off my ideal by enough degrees, the experience can be nearly unbearable. Be it that I am forced to sweat through every layer of clothes or shiver uncontrollably, if the temperature of the room is off, it becomes over arching taking priority over every other thought.

When You Can't Control the Temperature

For many people, the same can be said of anxiety. When you are approaching a new environment or situation, does that feeling of panic set in? Do you feel hot under the collar? Perhaps a chill or shiver runs down your spine and can make you feel very uneasy. When this feeling becomes persistent and a constant in life, it can be easy to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. While the idea of being comfortable being uncomfortable can seem counter intuitive, how many times in life have we accepted that “this is not too bad, I can live with it” and then continued to collect even more inconveniences along the way.

Learning to be Comfortable while Uncomfortable

Being uncomfortable with some aspects of life is unavoidable, however, learning to live with anxiety and process it and lessen the impact it has on your day to day life is achievable. You may have learned to live in the heat of anxiety, but finding some methods such as breathing or grounding exercises and working through the reasons behind anxiety is a great goal to approach in counseling. Learning to take back control of the thermostat is possible, but taking that first step to see the effect your anxiety has in your day to day life can be a big step.

Reach Out for Help

At Mind Works Counseling Services in Lubbock, TX, we specialize in helping people, just like you, manage their symptoms of anxiety. Reach out to our counselors to begin your journey towards those future goals you have. Even in the ever changing Lubbock weather, we can assist you in becoming more comfortable in your day to day life.

Learn more about the Anxiety Counseling services we offer.

Contact us to schedule an appointment or to let us answer any questions you may have.

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