Chloe Brotheridge: Calming anxiety
Rates of anxiety were rising rapidly before the pandemic – and have shot up since the world changed in 2020. In 2021, 'anxiety' was chosen by children as their word of the year. It’s clearly a huge issue.
One of the most powerful tools to counter anxiety is a counter-intuitive one – acceptance. So many of us distract ourselves from our feelings, not least with the help of our digital devices. But, distraction is not a long-term solution. We need to move towards our feelings, not away from them.
Chloe and I discuss exposure therapy too – which is basically gradually expanding your comfort zone – as well as other tools including non-violent communication, something I have spoken about in a recent 'Mundie on Monday' newsletter.
Plus – we share our shared belief that we are born with an innate sense of wellbeing and peace – but we lose sight of it as we age and the thinking mind comes online, adding a layer of judgements, predictions and concepts
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