Meeting Anxiety at the Front Door: When you get lost in your mind – listen.

September 13th, 2019

I was speaking to a client the other day, and she was expressing how anxious she was feeling. She has a lot going on, including a construction project, some significant changes coming at work and her relationship with several co-workers. I agreed with her that these are events were “triggering” her experience of anxiety – but they are not the root cause. The root of our anxiety lies inside of ourselves, in our belief patterns based on old stories, past emotional experiences, or traumatic events. Our body holds physically in our bodies, and in our memory, sensory and emotional events. These can stack up as emotional “baggage” and bring up both physical and mental symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks when triggered. 

When Anxiety Knocks

When anxiety shows up at our front door, it can barge into our house and take complete control of our home; our body and mind. If we prepare ourselves, practice greater awareness, and have a toolbox ready, we can meet anxiety at the door, say hello, and soften its chaotic impact. 

  • Notice when our anxiety is being triggered before it is a full-blown panic attack,
  • practice strategies to calm and relax our physical body, moving from fight, flight, or freeze to a more peaceful, ease-filled state,
  • and learn self-talk and mindset techniques to manage where we are focusing our thoughts and awareness.

Notice Anxiety in your Physical Body

Instead of focusing on the thoughts, or the events, that are causing your anxiety, practice being aware of how your body PHYSICALLY feels when you are anxious. Begin to ask yourself, “what are the first physical signs in my body that I am getting anxious?” You can also notice where your thoughts are going when you are beginning to feel anxious and ask yourself, “what is my brain doing? Or, “Where am I focusing my attention?” Practice OBSERVING your anxiety, rather than just BEING your anxiety. Over time you will begin to shift the attention off of the anxiety and onto strategies that can support you. You can diminish the power the anxiety has over you and take back control.

Learning to listen to our bodies and our minds is an essential ingredient for meeting anxiety at the door!

Three Breath and Movement Strategies to help Calm Your Body

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The Most Vital Muscle You Never Heard Of

February 16th, 2019

Meet the Psoas Muscles

We may be moving to some new locations, but we will still be releasing, stretching and acknowledging that crazy important muscle called the psoas (pronounced SO-az).  For anyone who has taken my classes you know, first hand, that I spend quite a bit of time talking about this muscle. 

The psoas major is a deep core muscle that runs from the bottom of thoracic spine, through the pelvic bowl, crosses on top of the hip joint and attaches at the top of the femur bone (thigh bone).  You have two. One on each side of your torso. It is the only muscle that connects the spine and the torso to the legs, a bridge between your upper and lower body.  It is not a muscle we can easily identify – like our glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps or biceps.

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Five Tips to Stay Cool and Calm

August 7th, 2018

Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, but none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.
-Mikhail Lermontov

We have arrived at the heart of our summer, August. Bright sunny days of hot sun and sticky days of rain showers.  Heat and humidity.

And then there is the hectic energy of getting in the summer vacation, beach days and BBQs as well gearing up for back to school and the fall.

So how do we stay calm in the chaos?  How do we stay cool in the heat?

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