High anxiety has always been a problem in modern society, and is even more heightened by the pandemic. Everyone is feeling more anxious as they are more aware of social distancing, washing hands for at least 20 seconds and not being allowed to go outside or to exercise. We have so many restrictions now. More and more people are suffering anxiety.
Why anxiety is necessary
We have a primitive part in our brain that does the whole fight, flight or freeze stuff. This part of our brain helps us survive and is based on our childhood fears.
It’s the fear of rejection, not being loved, not being good enough, not living up to your parents expectations, abandonment. This part of our brain is the impulse part, and is reactive to the situations. If we make decisions from this part of the brain, it’s more likely to have a negative outcome and is more likely to hold us back.
Alternatively, if you make a decision from the frontal lobe, or the higher mind, it’s more likely to be more thoughtful and considered less reactive and more positive.
What you can do
You can settle yourself from a highly anxious state by noticing your breathing.
“Calm The Farm” activity
- Take three or four big belly breaths
- Remove yourself from the environment
- You can calm down by going to a quiet area
- Close your eyes. Notice your breath again. Has it slowed?
- Notice the inhale. How does it feel? Notice the exhale has the feeling changed?
Do this for a minute or two, then open your eyes. Take your time to get used to your surroundings. Take a deep breath and see how you feel about the situation now.
Finally, talk to someone about the situation that got you into an anxious state, get someone else’s point of view, and discuss with curiosity rather than fear.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, who’s known as being the father of motivation once said ‘Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be’.
The benefits of noticing your breath
- It lowers your stress level
- you make better decisions resulting in more positive outcomes
- increases self-awareness
- reduces negative emotions
- You feel more control over what you do
- It helps you remain present and in the moment.
“Calming the farm”, otherwise known as being stress free and relaxed.
Do you ever notice how you breathe? We go through our day and do it naturally but the way we breathe can give us clues as to how stressed we are.
My physiotherapist says that we as a society don’t breathe deep enough to oxygenate our body well and inflate our lungs to full capacity and keep healthy.
Take a couple of minutes every day to “calm the farm” by noticing your breath? By doing this one thing alone will reduce your anxiety levels.
Reduce your anxiety levels by making time every day to do the calm the farm activity. Put an alarm in your phone to remind you because you deserve to be relaxed and calm in this busy, modern world.
Let me know what you think – I love hearing about your life and your story.