Wellness corner: tips from DeGroote’s part-time Wellness Counsellor, Brenda Scott
If you are feeling stressed, anxious and somewhat overwhelmed, read author Barbara Paulsen’s article “Make Peace with your Anxious Brain”
Those of you who have met me might know that one of the strategies I may suggest, to feel calmer and gain a deeper awareness of your go-to habitual reactions to stressors, is the evidenced-based practice of Mindfulness. Think about taking care of your emotional/psychological wellbeing as part of your daily hygiene instead of only being reactive on an as-need basis. Individuals who take care of their “Emotional Hygiene” daily cope better with stress and anxiety.
We all experience stress and anxiety, however many of us have developed reactive habits of responding in a way that can spin you into panic mode. The result is feeling like you are in somewhat of a brain-fog with whirling thoughts and physical symptoms such as sweating, racing heartbeat, nausea, dizziness or shaking, etc. It’s basically, the human response to ‘fear’. The problem is, you are not really in danger, but the neurological and physiological response to ‘perceived’ danger is no different than if you were being chased by Godzilla!
Can you change this habitual response? Yes, but it takes practice! If you are interested in relating differently to stress and anxiety contact me for an appointment via email or text: 905-334-9605.
Note: Brenda is unavailable for appointments between September 30 and October 11.