Anxiety is like that uninvited guest that sneaks into our lives, convincing us that we’re the only ones wrestling with it. But the truth is, anxiety is far more common than we often realise, affecting even those who seem to have it all together.
Many individuals with anxiety are high-functioning, expertly managing their jobs, social lives, and daily routines. It might seem like they have it all together, but on the inside, they are grappling with anxiety. Anxiety doesn’t always mean intrusive or negative thoughts; it can manifest in physical symptoms like muscle tension, racing heart, digestive issues, or sleep disturbances. Irritability and impatience can also be subtle signs.
A powerful metaphor for anxiety is to see it as a smoke alarm. When the alarm sounds, it’s a signal that something is burning underneath, usually an uncomfortable emotion like anger, fear, or shame. Instead of dreading anxiety, what if we became curious about it, seeking to understand what’s troubling us?
In this episode, I explain why anxiety isn’t a thinking problem but a nervous system issue. I talk about the science behind our stress responses and the way our brains operate when we perceive a threat and share some simple yet powerful tools to help you calm your nervous system and combat anxiety.
Toward the end of the episode, I guide you through a sensory awareness activation. Engaging all your senses is a powerful way to divert your attention away from anxious thoughts and create a sense of safety.
I also guide you through an incredibly effective breathwork technique to help activate your relaxation response. This technique is one that you can repeat throughout the day to help calm your nervous system.
Remember, there is no quick fix for anxiety, but consistent practice of these nervous system techniques can make a significant difference in your life. Don’t let anxiety hold you back; explore these tools and discover a calmer, more centred you.
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