Carol the Coach: Managing Anxiety

As a mental health therapist and life coach, I encourage people to manage their emotions, and in today’s fast-paced world, the emotion that seems most out of control in many people’s lives is anxiety. Emotions occur naturally, but oftentimes need to be managed. Many people spend days, worrying about situations that have not even occurred. They believe that if they prepare for the situation, they will be more likely to handle it when it occurs. This creates anticipatory anxiety and it robs you from enjoying the moment.

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.”

Much of the mindfulness work I do with clients involves them imagining that they can move the anxiety away with their hand. I ask them to spend one to three minutes visualizing how they may see a subject, and then put that fear in a compartment, in a box if you will, leaving it closed until the actual event occurs. Compartmentalizing feelings, especially anxiety, is a very helpful tool, because it teaches the client that although the emotion needs to be felt and dealt with, it also can be managed and kept in perspective. A simple way to change a feeling is to link it to a positive thought. The good news is that you cannot have two feelings at one time, so if you feel anxiety, you can change that feeling to a feeling of confidence if it accompanies a confident thought.

Here are some examples of how you can slow down, reduce, or alter your feelings by attaching a strengthening thought:

You have a specific deadline at work to complete a project. You recognize the project is not as comprehensive as you would have liked it to be. You feel anxiety about the project. You tell yourself that the next time you have a project, you will allot three more days to work the process so that you feel more confident about it. You also tell yourself that you have an innate ability to handle situations spontaneously, and your staff will really appreciate the work that you have done on it.

Your husband’s company is being downsized. He comes home on a daily basis complaining that he fears he will lose his job. You begin to worry insurmountably about your future. As a result, you nag and coerce him to look for other positions in the community. You are experiencing anticipatory anxiety. Imagine that you take that worry out of your mind by writing down your greatest fears. You put that paper into a special jewelry box and you close the box. You tell yourself that this is your husband’s issue and that he is totally competent and capable of providing for your family and that you will support him in any way possible. You share your feelings with your husband. You tell him that you will be doing three things on a daily basis to manage your anxieties about his work. You remind yourself of the quote, you will say a little prayer every day reminding yourself that you are not alone in this endeavor, and you will read an affirmation that will help him to know that you absolutely believe that he can land on his feet in all situations.

This, coupled with the belief that there is much gratitude in your attitude, will allow you to look for things that are working well in your life, and offset normal and natural anxiety. 

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and you get to decide how you manage it!   

Business Spotlight: Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons

For over 20-years, Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons has brought state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures and exceptional patient care to Indianapolis.  Advanced surgical, non-surgical, and aesthetic treatments combined with an extraordinary commitment to research and results have earned the practice a reputation that is difficult to match. 

In addition to having one of the largest and most contemporary Surgical and Laser Centers in the country, the office offers innovative skin care products, no-downtime treatments, and combination therapies based on cutting-edge science and research. 

Skin Quality Improvement

Several no-downtime options exist to safely and effectively treat sun damage, unwanted pigment, enlarged pores, active acne, acne scars, and overall skin quality.  A popular treatment is the Fractionated CO2 (DOT) Laser that offers minimal downtime and maximum results.  The Laser penetrates the skin, boosting collagen production.  It also creates thousands of absorption channels allowing for rapid penetration of topical products. Additionally, the office offers a multitude skin improving treatments including Microneedling, Peels, Radiofrequency, Laser therapies, and Light based treatments that are excellent for all skin types and pigments.

Combination Injections & Non-Surgical Facelift Options

Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons uses new and combination injectable treatments to smooth lines around the mouth, eyes, and restore lost volume to cheeks and lips.  Other injectable treatments remove stubborn fat under the chin creating beautiful sculpted necklines without surgery.  A new treatment offered by Dr. Chernoff is called the Y LIFT.  The Y LIFT is a non-surgical facelift that improves the contours of the face while improving lines and wrinkles.  Dr. Chernoff is the only doctor in Indiana to offer the Y LIFT.  Combining these advanced treatments provides patients with results that have not been possible in the past.

Growth Factors & Stem Cell Stimulating Treatments

The office offers natural options like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), autologous fat injections, and stem cell stimulating skincare to help patients improve scars, lines, wrinkles, skin quality, and hair loss. Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons combines PRP and growth factors with advanced Microneedling, Facials, and Laser treatments to expand the powerful skin improving benefits.

Body Sculpting & Vaginal Rejuvenation

Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons offer all options for fat reduction, skin tightening, and body contouring. Patients have their choice of Coolsculpting, Radiofrequency Skin Tightening, Breast Augmentation, and Liposculpting to improve their shape and self-esteem.  Additionally, they offer the newest system for Vaginal Rejuvenation.  The treatment uses an innovative dual technology that improves both internal and external vaginal concerns including laxity, pain, dryness, incontinence, labial sagging, and sensation.

Advanced Combinations & Total Rejuvenation

At some point, gravitational changes define when surgery is the only way to accomplish rejuvenation goals.  When the skin and muscles on your face or body are sagging beyond what can be corrected non-surgically, Dr. Chernoff will use the most state of the art surgical options to restore youth to skin and muscles.   For example, Dr. Chernoff uses a proprietary laser technique for upper and lower eyelid lifts and an endoscopic approach for eyebrow lifts, face, and neck lifts.  His minimally invasive techniques have patients returning to normal activities in a week or two. Surgical treatments are often followed up with advanced laser and injectable treatments to further refine skin and enhance the quality and skin tone.   The combinations, timing, and treatments are unique and customized for each individual to provide optimal and natural results to achieve Your Natural Best®.

Commitment to Excellence

Dr. Chernoff and his team are dedicated to proving the highest level of patient care. After medical school, Dr. Chernoff completed a five-year residency followed by three years of intensive fellowship training in Facial Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery, Laser Therapy, Breast Rejuvenation and Body Contouring.  This training provided him with comprehensive expertise matched by very few.  His innate aesthetic vision, meticulous surgical skills, and his gentle humility, provide his patients with a quality of care that is second to none.  Dr. Chernoff customizes and combines meticulous surgical techniques with the latest non-surgical therapies to give his patients consistent rejuvenation results.   

Julie Leonetti is a Registered Nurse and has over 25-years of experience in cosmetic medicine.  Julie is a certified injection and laser specialist.  Julie trains nurses and physicians in the art of meticulous injection techniques as well as advanced laser and combination treatments. Julie is an expert in surgical and non-surgical options.  She has performed thousands of injectable and laser treatments and instructs healthcare professionals on optimal patient care.

Julie, Dr. Chernoff, and their entire team spend countless hours educating patients prior to any cosmetic procedure from injectable therapy to surgery.  Dr. Chernoff, Julie, and their entire staff care for patients everyday after surgery and treatments to provide reassurance and follow-up care.   Their motto is exceptional care and exceptional results.  

Call 317.573.8899 to schedule a consultation to learn about the best treatment option for you.  Visit drchernoff.com and learn more about the13th Annual Bazaar on October 3, 2018.