Some thoughts on anxiety

Posted on 31st May, 2022

In my experience of working with anxiety (and experiencing it myself) counselling can be very helpful, but it needs to run alongside the person making some changes in their lifestyle and learning how to cope with certain situations differently.

The things I've seen help people the most are grounding/mindfulness techniques - this would include things like regular meditation and/or yoga. Things like this help our brains and nervous system to reset. Over time they reduce the stress hormones in our bloodstream, such as cortisol and norepinephrine and even alter our brainwaves.

Yes, we're just a bit more chilled and 'in the moment' if we have a regular practice like this in our lives.

One book on mindfulness that I often recommend to clients is Life with Full Attention, by Maitreyabandhu. He is a Buddhist monk himself, but this book does not ask you to become a believer and uses standard mindfulness and cognitive behavioural techniques.


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