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It is estimated that 40 Billion people in the U.S. have a anxiety disorder. And it is also estimated that 3 out of 4 people have been stressed in the last month. We all seem to be more self-aware of how we were feeling.
There is a difference between anxiety, worry and stress.
Worry can be defined as when the mind dwells on negative thoughts or uncertain outcomes, which can lead to obsessive thoughts. This all happens in the mind and has not been connected to the body yet. The good part of worry is that it can help to problem solve or take action. And to stay safe. However, when it is stuck on go, it stops being functional. Some strategies that can help worry is to limit the amount of time that you allow yourself to worry. How about 20 minutes, and then after that consciously redirect your thoughts. Try pushing yourself to take action or the next step in a situation. Writing down your worries for 8 to 10 minutes has proven to be effective.
When stress takes over, then so does the limbic system. This area tells the body and brain to release cortisol and adrenaline. This makes the heart increase its rhythm, we get clammy palms and swallow breathe. With chronic stress we stay in fight or flight mode. This can create digestive issues, increase heart disease and weakens the immune system. We can use the body to decrease stress with exercise. We can also be clear about what we can control. And a good thing to do is to not compare your stress to others. Stress is biological, body centered.
Anxiety is body centered and also mind centered. It includes worry and stress. It is when we are stuck in a false alarm. Anxiety disorder is when we are again stuck in a constant go. Ways to keep the anxiety down is to limit sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Learn to check in with your body and become aware of how is is feeling. Hello Toes! When you are in the middle of an anxiety episode do not try to think or talk. Redirect yourself to your senses. Listen to music, take a walk, jump rope, keep it simple.
LENS neurofeedback helps the brain to reset and become calm.
Hello, my name is Dana Lee Collins M.A.,L.P.C. I am a psychotherapist that has been trained in the art of neurofeedback. This science helps to heal the brain of trauma. I am dedicated to helping people heal.