Where to begin. This topic is heavy and hard to articulate. It’s something I’ve felt a thousand times, but still struggle with the right words for it.
Anxiety. Defined as “…an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.”
I read an article yesterday about “Anxiety in children” from heysigmund.com. I just can’t get over how powerful this article was. When you struggle with anxiety, maybe you fear your kids will struggle with it too. I don’t think anyone loves feeling anxious. But it is a normal feeling. It’s normal. It’s normal. It’s normal. (I’m reminding myself.) Because one of the biggest hiccups with anxiety is that it feels so lonely.
This article articulated what a strong mind looks like, and it is one that protects us. I love this. I believe the heart of anxiety is a sense of needing to protect ourselves. “Hey Sigmund” calls an anxious mind strong, creative, and a little overprotective.
Have any of you been with a parent or maybe yourself, and you just feel the need to be overprotective, sit down Timmy, don’t climb on that, don’t jump too high, what’s in your mouth, oh nothing, just the food I gave you… Anyone else?
Someone with anxiety is reacting the same way just in their mind. It is irrational but it feels so real to that person. And going back to the definition, I’m reminded of myself, anxiety for me is a fear of not having enough of myself to do what I need to do.
So I’m going to recap a piece of this article, because this stuff is good! Go read this article even if you don’t struggle with anxiety, because I know you know someone who does. Give yourself wisdom to understand someone else. It is super science-y, which I love.
First it talks about our amygdala (where we feel all our emotions) and someone with anxiety, there’s works a little harder.
Grounding is one area I want to land with this topic. Anxiety is like the mind getting hijacked by fear of the future. And grounding is a way to bring it back to the present.
“Hey Sigmund” suggests a fun activity using your five sense.
When anxiety rolls for you or someone you love, here are the five suggestions: Have them say out loud: (Probably will only have to do a few)
5-what are five things you see
4-what are four things you hear
3-what are three things you feel
2-what are two things you can smell
1-what is one thing you can taste
This can help bring you to the present. (Present; defined as existing or in progress right now. LOVE!) We don’t have to be perfect or anxiety free, but we can stand in the present making progress over anxiety hauling off with our day.
I’m practicing this today.