By: Jenna Hendricksen, MA, MFT-LP
Right now we are experiencing a new norm. Something we have never experienced before which has left us in a place of confusion, uncertainty, and in a state of anxiety. We do not know what our world has in store for us and that is alarming.
Fortunately, we do know that if you are not an “essential” worker you have one very specific job. STAY HOME. This is likely the only time in our lives that laying around in pajamas can save the world. However, the safety of your home does not mean your anxiety goes out the window. We are all feeling worried and it is valid. I saw a quote this week that caught my attention, and I challenge you to take a moment and think about it...
“Try to remember that anxiety is a blend of fear and hope, and see if you can keep the hope part in mind too.” (unknown)
When we are stuck, we use distraction and misdirection to avoid facing the painful truth about our lack of productivity and effectiveness. Procrastination is one of the big tricks we use.
It is for this reason that many Cognitive Behavioral Techniques for treating trauma or anxiety begin with self-care strategies that have roots in ancient yogic techniques. These include breathing techniques, meditation and yoga poses, which not only have physical benefits of reducing hyperarousal, but are also very helpful in re-framing negative mindsets.