Breaking the Cycle of Stress and Anxiety

Do you feel stressed all the time? Is it hard to think?

Do you feel tightness in your chest and belly?

This is your anxiety.

Where does it come from and how can you get rid of it?

Many more people suffer from anxiety today than at any other time.

Is it just because there are more of us all packed in closer together?

Is there more fear? More distrust?

Is it because of the fast-paced nature of the world today?

Whatever it is, it is a problem.

It’s a problem because being in a constant state of anxiety cuts us off from feelings of safety.

It prevents our body from feeling good and healing itself, and it proliferates stress hormones in our body.

It can make it hard to think, hard to act, hard to feel good at all.

So what can you do when you feel like your body is unconsciously trying to curl itself up into a ball to protect itself?

From my own experience, I find that breath and consciousness are the key.

Firstly, when we are acting unconsciously, we tend to be trapped in a fear cycle.

This is a pattern that we’ve grown accustomed to and that we tend to fall into automatically.

This is us when we’re working on autopilot, holding onto some stressful emotions that we have not processed, or just generally feeling tight and locked up in our day-to-day life.

It’s at these times that we need to take a second to pause and notice our bodies.

We have to feel our bodies again (not think about it).

Connect to your body and start to feel your belly. Start to feel your chest.

Notice them in this moment.

Feel their being, their presence.

When you do this, you’ll likely start to feel the breath come back in, filling your body with more ease and relaxation.

Revel in this moment, these sensations!

It is your body opening up.

It is your nature trying to come through.

It’s your life expanding.

You see, when we are in our minds – like we are most of the time – we leave no attention for our bodies.

And our body reacts to our mind, so if we’re intense and focused on something, our body will respond to that and become tight and rigid.

You’ll breathe shallowly and you’ll start to feel more stressed.

And unfortunately, it seems like in today’s world, it’s so easy to be in our minds, worrying, fretting, anxious.

That’s why it’s so important to notice yourself in these moments and come back to your body.

Spend longer moments in this space throughout the day.

You must condition yourself to feel safe. It’s unnatural and detrimental to our health to spend 80-90% of our life living in this state of anxiety.

I believe it’s a leading cause of many ailments and diseases today.

And although it’s not too hard to do, to stop and notice our body and take a moment to breathe, your mind will resist it.

It’s too busy to pause!

It might seem like you’re already too conditioned to the opposite way of being, that of being tense and stressed.

And yes, it will likely be an uphill battle as it is for me…

But for the sake of your health and happiness, and to be able to connect with life and others, it’s absolutely vital to learn how to live and thrive from a place of rest and relaxation, of safety and calm.

It is here that we replenish ourselves.

It is here that true creativity and love sprout from.

Make it your practice and over time, you will begin to see the cycle reversed.

Thank you for reading and please share this with another person if you feel inspired to do so.

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