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This is part 3 of a 3 episode mini series about anxiety.
It's not enough to understand WHY you're struggling with anxiety, you also need to have tangible tools to regulate your nervous system and heal. In this episode we will build on the education and exploration from part 1 & 2 of this mini series. You'll learn that the secret sauce to regulating your nervous system is to first meet it where it's at and then layer on various regulation tools to walk it towards feeling more calm and grounded. I also introduce you toa number of specific regulation tools for you to start using today! Hit play to learn more!
✨ 3 Takeaways from this episode:
Meet your nervous system where it is first and then slowly layer tools or shift intensity as you become more regulated.
Signs a tools is supportive for you:
Do you feel less activated?
Do you feel a little bit more calm, settled, grounded or capable?
Does our breath become more steady
Heart rate slows
More aware of your surroundings
Yawn, sigh, swallow
Muscles relax in body or face, jaw unclenches or shoulders drop
Learning what works takes some good old fashion trial and error. Each nervous system respond uniquely to different tools. Also note that the more familiar you become with these practices the easier it will be to use them in moments of higher stress or anxiety - once you find one that seems to work well for you build it in throughout your day during smaller moments of stress to prep you for the more dysregulated moments
🎉 BONUS TAKEAWAY: Here's a quick list of the tools referenced in today's episode:
Legs up the wall
Extended Exhale Breathing
Visual Orienting // Color Spotting
Grabbing and ice cube
Somatic Shaking, swaying, stretching, walking
Bouncing shoulder shrugs
Legs up the wall
Eye cupping / ear plugs – decrease sensory input
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