Anxiety is a common, albeit an unpleasant feeling.

It usually has to do with a feeling of negative anticipation about something that has not yet happened. Or it can occur when we think about unpleasant past events.

It seldom has to do with the present moment.

Anxiety can be fleeting, but when severe, it can feel out of control and unmanageable.

Most of the time, anxiety resides in our mind. It’s an uncomfortable sensation when we feel anxious, but for the most part, we are able to tolerate the feeling.

When it’s chronic, or severe, however, physical symptoms can present themselves. These symptoms can include (but not limited to) shortness of breath, palpitations, sweating, shaking, chest tightness, insomnia, skin rashes, headaches, gastrointestinal disturbances.

In short, anxiety is a condition that manifests both in the mind and in the body.

{When anxiety is severe, please seek professional help immediately.}

When chronic and / mild, there are several ways to manage anxiety without taking medications.

It is helpful to seek out mind-body strategies, or techniques that can help calm your nervous system to shift the body’s response from the automatic fight-flight mode.

Some helpful strategies include:

  1. Exercise: movement releases natural endorphins which helps calm the mind and body.
  2. Meditation: slowing down your breathing will naturally decrease anxiety and allow you to focus on the present moment.
  3. Dietary changes: eating healthy, real foods and avoiding processed foods will reset your microbiome which is directly linked with your brain chemistry.
  4. Sleep: a restful body will function optimally. Sleeplessness can trigger fight-flight system regardless of what you are dealing with in your normal life. When you are sleep deprived, your body thinks you are under constant stress and will be on guard to protect you from the perceived danger. Anxiety ensues.
  5. Connection: talking or simply being with and around people you love and who understand you will make you feel at home and taken care of. Being connected with others help you feel physically safe, and emotionally nurtured.
  6. Coaching: working with an experienced coach can help you process your thoughts so you can overcome the same negative patterns. Coaching also creates clarity and provides accountability for you to move forward with ease.
  7. Mind-Body therapies like massage, tapping, hypnosis, acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, or biofeedback will allow your body to heal physically and emotionally, naturally.

 

 

I am offering a Group Acupuncture & Hypnosis workshop to reduce anxiety this coming Sunday at Bexley Yoga Studio.

Acupuncture is a wonderful and safe modality that allows the body’s nervous system to relax and find balance.

Hypnosis works with the subconscious mind where feelings and emotions reside.

This simple guided meditation technique will let you shift and reframe your thoughts and beliefs. Together, acupuncture & hypnosis can help you end the vicious cycle of anxiety.

The mind is powerful. Why not use what we already have to make us feel the best we can feel!

To register for the workshop, you can to this link.