On a scale of 1 to 10 where are you on the anxiety scale?
Maybe you never really thought of yourself as an anxious person or someone who experiences an anxiety attack, but over the past fews years it is as if we are collectively experiencing a worldwide anxiety attack.
For me, I know I have situational anxiety that seems to be more palpable since the pandemic. (Talk about a high stress situation that triggers everything that could go wrong…. and did!)
Collectively I feel we are no longer starting at “0” for baseline but I feel we have a baseline of 100…. And perhaps the 100 feelings of anxiety have become our normal?
The nervous system overload has shifted our perception and tolerance to live our day-to-day life in an overwhelmed state of emotional sensory hightenedness (if that’s a word). A reset is possible, allowing us to shift from a chronic state of anxiety to our inner calm. But it takes time and awareness.
So how do we begin the journey to reset and calmly move forward?
By acknowledging and knowing when you’re triggered and the level of response. I am sharing the Anxiety Self-Assessment chart below. This was shared on The Mighty which can help you visualize and identify where you’re at on the anxiety scale, knowing it is our autonomic nervous system and our brains reacting and responding to our world through the lens of fear, anxiety, stress and overload.
Self compassion is needed. One thought at a time. One task at a time. One day at a time. Refer to the Anxiety Self-Assessment chart by B.L. Ackers and get to know your level and journal about what you are feeling and what you need when you assess where you’re anxious state is.
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