"I don't know what I'm going to do...I feel like I'm falling apart and I can't stop my mind from racing...I can't sleep...I don' know what's wrong with me!" is what a friend recently told me. She'd spent the prior week off work trying to "get it together" but found herself feeling worse!!
The first thing I told her and what I want to communicate with you today if you're feeling similarly on-edge or anxiety riddled: you're not alone and you will get through this anxiety filled season of life. And the good news is, there are plenty of things you can do to better regulate intense feelings of anxiety and an overactive mind.
I struggled with panic attacks years ago and had trouble sleeping because of a racing, worrying mind, so I know what it's like to feel the walls closing in and live in a perpetual state of survival mode. It's scary and can literally takes your breath away. Since then I use a variety of tools to regulate my nervous system and how I respond to life's ups and downs. I especially rely on meditation, breath work, movement, music and getting outside, among others.
I'm no expert in anxiety, but having experienced it first-hand, implemented healing practices into my own life, plus intensively studied the causes and learned a variety of techniques that target it specifically, I feel fortunate to now be able to teach others how to release it and engage with it in healthier ways.
You can self-study many of the healing strategies, tools and practices too. It's critical that you have targeted tools you can perform when you find yourself in a state of anxiety. The two shown above are excellent in-the-moment-go-to practices. The first is Tapping/EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). The second is various Breathwork Practices you can do anytime, anywhere. Simply click on each of the images above to learn more and access guided tutorials. Or contact me with any questions.
If you know what to do but find yourself unable to put it into consistent practice, reach out to me for private one-on-one coaching. I can help guide you in creating routines that fit your life and how to better understand your body's feedback so that you not only tame your anxiety and hyper-stimulated mind, but also elevate your overall health.
CAUTION: If your anxiety is more intense or continuous to where it interferes with your ability to navigate daily life, you may want to speak to a doctor about psychotherapy. Or if you're in any way feeling suicidal or that you are self-harming, please reach out for help. You can text TALK to 741741 to communicate with a trained crisis counselor or call the 24-hour Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.