Anxiety is a full body experience. Tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, twisting of the gut. Lost sleep. Your mind is caught in a spiral taking you away from the present moment. How intrusive it can be when you are stuck in the middle of it! Maybe you are caught in a loop that just keeps circling and it feels like there is no pathway out. Or perhaps you start worrying and catastrophizing about the future and you become so frozen you can’t take action. Anxiety gets in the way of feeling secure in your relationships. It affects your work life and ability to move ahead with life goals.
Anxiety has its place in our lives and sometimes it can be a motivator or help us prepare and ready ourselves for something to come. Yet too much can be crippling and draining on the nervous system. If you feel like your anxiety is sometimes overwhelming or intruding upon your life in a negative way, let’s take a look together at how to gain control of it.
When you gain awareness of the roots of your anxiety, you can become mindfully aware of your triggers and develop strategies to cope, and a way for you to better manage it. Anxiety can be explored through words as well as art therapy, which can be a useful place to channel it and reduce stress hormones in the body.