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This is part 1 of a 3 episode mini series about anxiety.

I mismanaged my anxiety for SO LONG because I didn’t understand it. I floundered in my healing because I was told things, by doctors and psychiatrists no less, “that this is just the way I am” or “I was born with anxiety and would just have to manage it my whole life” Because I didn’t really understand what anxiety was and where it was rooted I didn’t have any kind of clear roadmap towards healing. In this episode I clear some of these things for you and help you to understand anxiety through a nervous system lens. This was the turning point in my healing journey where I went from feeling a lot of inadequacy, shame, and lack of control – to a softer place of self-compassion, personal responsibility, and hope in healing. I want to help you understand anxiety in a new way that gives you those things too and helps you create a more strategic path towards healing. Hit play to learn more!

3 Takeaways from this episode:

  1. Reframe: Anxiety is a feeling problem, not a thinking problem. The #1 reason why so many people are struggling to heal their anxiety is because the mainstream tools and approaches are usually neck up, thinking approaches.

  2. Anxiety is an overestimation of threat, paired with an underestimation of your ability to manage that threat. Most of the alarm you feel today is based on stored stress energy from your childhood. 80% of your brain is developed by age 5 and most of the programming for how to get your needs met, be safe, and feel connected are programed by a much younger version of ourselves and therefore most of the alarm we feel as adults is a reflection of those experiences and programming, even if we can’t remember them.

  3. Anxiety, this alarm you feel, changes your physiology. HR, BP, respiration, etc... And there are compassionate awareness and tangible tools that can influence those systems to help you calm the alarm. This is root-cause healing, versus symptom management.

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