Recently, while enjoying a movie night with my husband and friends, I encountered a challenging moment. A particular scene unexpectedly triggered my anxiety.
Instinctively, I stood up and busied myself elsewhere, recognizing this as a classic avoidance tactic.
As a therapist and coach, I’m well aware that dodging anxiety often amplifies it in the long run.
Determined to confront this head-on, I rejoined the group before the scene concluded. Sitting through the discomfort, I reminded myself of my safety, despite the physical signs of anxiety: tense muscles, a racing heart, clenched hands, and rapid breathing.
Are your thoughts tiring you out or, powering you up?
Every tiny teeny thought has the power to uplift you or, make you scared.
Our automatic mode is FEAR.
The brain feels safer if you are in fear. Because when you are in fear you are in fight or fly response, which keeps you safe.
Tired? I see you out there!
Did you know that yawning is often misunderstood as just a sign that your brain needs more oxygen? In fact, it’s a bit more complex and interesting than that.
Yawning does more than just fill our lungs; it stretches the jaw and enhances blood flow. This action can invigorate us, making us feel more awake and alert. It’s a natural, physiological response that helps in adjusting our brain’s temperature and maintaining our alertness.
So, the next time you catch yourself yawning during a meeting, don’t feel embarrassed. It’s just your body’s way of keeping your brain in top shape, not merely a quest for more oxygen.
Avoidance is a common way of dealing with fear and anxiety. We do it because we rather not feel the discomfort that certain situation give us, or because we do not know how to handle that discomfort.
While it is normal to avoid, it is not helpful in the long run. Here is why:
At a first glance, avoidance seems helpful because it make us feel immediately better. However, avoidance does not allow us the opportunity to disproof the limiting beliefs that we hold about that situation or person and we never get to gather evidence against our fear.
Did you have a blah January?
I for sure did!
Coming down from the IVF hormones, getting my head around the unsuccessful result, growing my team of coaches, being away from home and, starting a deep and long detox of my body has all contributed to feeling a little blah this month.
How was it for you?
I realized that despite how great my awareness is about “why” I am feeling the way I am, that understanding alone does not change the feeling itself.
But it has offered me compassion.
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It’s true, the New Year is just another date we’ve collectively agreed to mark as significant. But isn’t it fascinating how it can stir up such a whirlwind of emotions? While some are electrified by the possibilities, others might feel a sense of indifference or even pressure.
But here’s the thing: it’s perfectly fine to not be riding the wave of New Year euphoria. Feeling a bit off as the year kicks off?That’s okay. Your current state doesn’t dictate the rest of your year.
Some investments for yourself are simply priceless. When I invite women to join my coaching programs I talk about all the obvious benefits:
More confidence, assertiveness in decision making, readiness to change their mood, tools to shift unhelpful thoughts and lower anxiety, less stress, more happiness, no overthinking.
Today, I want to tell you about the value that comes from doing the things above that you might not even consider as a consequence of mindset work.
Specifically, I want to tell you about Lina. A client who did the 12-weeks of Reset your Mindset program.
I’ve deleted my Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook accounts for the holidays. Why, you ask? I’m embarking on a social media cleanse, and here’s why you might consider it too. Recent research, including a study published in the “Journal of Social...