Understanding how anxiety is created by our nervous system trying to protect us, and how our fight-or-flight mechanisms can get stuck, can significantly lessen the fear experienced during anxiety attacks.
I’m deeply curious about how minds and bodies interact. I am passionate about working through the body to promote health, not just physical health but emotional and mental health as well.
I don’t think these things are ever separate.
Helping people with anxiety has traditionally been seen as the territory of mental health professionals. Anxiety is most commonly framed as a psychological problem. My clinical experience for over 20 years has been that by safely connecting to the body, some people feel less anxious.
Many people assume connecting to and feeling our body is natural and easy. It’s not.
It takes a lot of practice and skill to connect to our body. We can easily slip into habits and fantasies when we perceive the inner world of sensations.
Buddhist scholar Reggie Ray (2016) goes so far as to say: ‘In modern culture, all of us live in a state of disembodied abstraction’.
In my book ‘Anxiety is Really Strange’, anxiety is explained in an easy-to-understand, engaging graphic format with tips and strategies to relieve its symptoms, and change the mind’s habits for a more positive outlook
You can find out more and purchase the book here,