Anxiety can be such so insidious. You can feel fine and then you’re hijacked by these paralysing and overwhelming feelings.
You can start to feel like you’re separating from your body, detaching from reality. A veil seems to descend between you and the world. Your mind and heart no longer feel safe and grounded.
You might even feel like you’re going to have a heart attack, pass out or die.
You develop a whole system of checks and balances nuanced to your particular flavour of control, all to avoid being triggered.
You become afraid of your anxiety returning and this creates a type of cage that you comfortably inhabit, because however restrictive, you deem it better than that anxious feeling. And this can work – it does keep things manageable – but sometimes you get stuck there and think it’s a forever thing.
But how to open the door? How to step out of the cage? (more…)
New Year, New Resolutions.
That old chestnut.
In so many ways, the conditions are ripe for change at this time of year.
Often in January, we’ve taken a break, mixed up the routine, have satisfied our inner hedonist over Christmas and NYE in celebration over the last year and are heralding in the new.
We spent all our money, took time off, ate lots of food, drank and more. (Or was that just me??)
Afterwards we naturally feel a little austere. It’s quiet now, people are away, business can be slower, school is out. We have the space to contemplate.
We may be pumped to start our new regime and that’s great.
But why do most people, even if they make a strong resolution, tend to not follow through with how they want to change and grow? Why do humans commonly do that? Why can’t we move forward in the ways we want? Why do we find making changes such an effort, too difficult and eventually give up?
Stop the glorification of busy
In Chinese Med treatment, we always ask about your stress levels and how they are impacting you. ‘Stress’ is so incredibly prevelant in the inner city modern life that its considered normal.
So often in treatment when people really get some space from and perspective on ‘Stress’ EVERYTHING CHANGES for them. I mean in a good way.
So I ask..
Are you in control of your stress levels or is stress running you ragged?
Do you feel your heart, your head & your feet walking off in separate directions?
Stress is the conundrum of our modern lives and it is the number one underlying factor in so many chronic and potentially life-threatening complaints.
You are not alone, underneath are some helpful habits, which I’ve identified as the five Mindsets of the Chronically Relaxed. Truth is it is in reach for all of us and I can’t wait to see it showing up in clinic.