Transforming Trauma-Based Anxiety: 4 Actionable Tips
Anxiety is the body’s normal reaction to any threat to our well-being. That’s right, we are wired for anxiety. But were we ever meant to feel anxiety? Or is it this felt-sense emotion simply our modern experience of ancient humans’ survival response?
Asking these questions might be interesting, but doesn’t help us heal. Because here we are, working with the present moment. And that is one of the fundamental keys to healing anxiety.
Anxiety surges through the nervous system. Then you begin to feel symptoms you might not have realized could be attributed to anxiety; an increased heart rate, the breath speeds up or may become more shallow, you may feel stomach pain or nausea, or headaches. Then the mind joins the party and dives into a downward spiral of the past or future.
An anxious mind can never be still. It cannot be with what is.
But when you can find yourself in a state of presence, you do have the power to regain control over your mind and body.
That means you hold the power to heal.
To heal, you first need to be aware that you are suffering from anxiety.
Once you have awareness, you can work to track the experience and figure out what might be triggering anxiety
If you haven’t downloaded my Trauma Trigger Toolkit, check it out. Although it’s called “The Trauma Trigger Toolkit”, the entire purpose is to help calm the nervous system and identify triggers, which is a primary goal when healing anxiety.
One of the best things you can do is regulate your breathing on a regular basis, and especially as you feel anxiety surging.