Anxiety Management – How to Deal with Anxiety Thoughts Naturally?
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You heal anxiety with your heart not your head
If you know much about my work, you will know that I teach how acceptance,
compassion, playfulness are qualities that heal anxiety.
Have you noticed that these all are qualities traditionally associated with the heart?
The reality is that:
You heal anxiety with your heart not your head.
Your mind can help you manage anxiety quite well. Through the sheer mental effort
of changing thought patterns or employing distraction techniques, anxiety can be
kept under control but not truly healed. When it comes to long-term recovery that is
where your heart plays a vital role.
I am not just speaking metaphorically when I talk about the heart healing anxiety. I
mean it on a physical/neurological level too.
The heart is so much more than just a blood pump. There is a complex neurological
system of communication between the heart and the head where information is been
sent back and forth all the time.
Most people are not aware that in 1983, the heart was reclassified as a hormonal
gland. The heart produces several important hormones several of which are
responsible for reducing the stress response. One of those hormones is called atrial
natriuretic factor (ANF) and its job is to reduce the release of the stress hormone
Another hormone called oxytocin, commonly referred to as the “love” hormone” is
also a powerful stress relieving hormone. When we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin
levels go up. Moments of empathy and compassion stimulate the release of the
hormone, bringing about an anti-stress response.
By adopting an attitude of compassionate acceptance towards your anxiety you
trigger the secretion of these stress reducing hormones. This helps cools the stress
response and enables your nervous system to relax.
When highly anxious, the anxious part of your brain is trapped in an