Anxiety: Breaking the Cycle


Anxiety can feel overwhelming, suffocating, and all-consuming. 

But what if I told you that anxiety is not something to be feared, but rather a heightened stress response that can be managed and overcome? 

In this blog post, I will delve into the underlying causes of anxiety and share practical strategies to help you break free from its grip. 

Unpacking the Stress Response:

Anxiety is a result of our body’s natural stress response going into overdrive. Understanding that anxiety is a physiological reaction can help us approach it with compassion and curiosity, rather than fear. It’s our body’s way of alerting us to potential threats or dangers.

Techniques that Help to foster a Felt Sense of Safety:

Practicing mindfulness and grounding techniques can help manage anxiety symptoms in the moment. Focus on your breath, engage your senses in the present moment, and anchor yourself in your surroundings. Grounding techniques such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and using sensory objects can help to foster a felt sense of safety.

Question your Beliefs:

Anxiety is driven by the belief that we are not safe.  We can begin to challenge this belief by recognising the sensations associated with anxiety for what they are – a natural stress response.  It is useful to then ask yourself the question – in this place, with these people, right here and now, is this response necessary?  Over time, reframing situations that make us feel anxious in a more balanced light. Remember, your beliefs shape your reality.


Prioritise self-care and stress reduction activities that resource you and support your overall well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as practicing Yoga, engaging in creative outlets, spending time in nature, or enjoying hobbies. Ensure you get enough sleep, maintain a balanced diet, and nurture your body and mind with kindness and compassion.


Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or support groups. Sharing your experience with others who understand can provide a sense of validation and support. Cultivate connections and surround yourself with a supportive network that fosters understanding and empathy.  

If anxiety persists or significantly impacts your daily life, seek help.  

Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Anxiety doesn’t have to control your life. By understanding anxiety as a heightened stress response, practicing techniques that foster a felt sense of safety, becoming aware of your belief system, prioritizing self-care, seeking connection and support, you can break free from the grip of anxiety and reclaim a sense of calm and balance.

Remember, managing anxiety is a journey, and it takes time and patience. Be gentle with yourself as you navigate this path. You have the power to break the cycle of anxiety and embrace a life of peace and fulfillment.

If you’re ready to take the next step in breaking free from anxiety, my Calmer You coaching program is designed to provide you with the tools and support you need.

Stay tuned for more blog posts, tips, and inspiration on finding inner peace and living a calmer life.

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