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  • Writer's pictureCasey Bearss

Are you on a hamster wheel?

Whether you live in Biloxi, Long Beach, Pass Christian, Diamondhead, Gulfport or Bay St. Louis, we all can be impacted by anxiety. In today's modern world it can be incredibly overwhelming. Our brain can have a difficult time shutting down and learning to differentiate between what is a real threat and what isn't. In our world it can be easy to have a brain that is in overdrive with anxiety. This is not your fault. Your brain is doing exactly what it was designed to do; however, it often can cause us to feel tired, stressed, on edge, angry and completely overwhelmed

It is estimated that our brain has 50,000 to 70,000 thought's a day. No wonder it is difficult to slow down and enjoy the present moment. When we are in auto-pilot we can tend to jump from one thing to the next. This jumping can look like a hamster spinning around and around.

Luckily we don't have to live this way. By using some of these tips we can learn to take ourselves off the hamster wheel and free us from anxiety. Here are some tips to focus to ground you in what is occurring in the moment.

1. Ground yourself in the present moment. Notice what you are hearing, seeing, touching, feeling. Describe it to yourself as if you were reading it in a book. Notice the way the light hits the wall.

2. Identify three feelings. Anxiety is a complex feeling that usually becomes heightened by not experiencing many other emotions. Look deep and really ask yourself what you are really feeling. Warning, this can be overwhelming and may be the reason to utilize a therapist as you learn to navigate through anxiety.

3. Breath in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breath out for 4 seconds and hold 4 seconds. We want to shorten the breath. This will send a message to your body that will help to decrease your heart rate.

4. Tell yourself you are safe. Anxiety can often be a guess by the brain based on past information on how we should feel. In todays world, the brain can send out misfires. If you have any sort of intense emotional history in your background, your brain can be drawing on this information. Consult with a therapist to help guide you through this process.

Casey Bearss, MA, LPC, NCC

Dealing with anxiety is not easy, but there is a path out of it. Call us today and schedule an appoint. We can help with turning off that intense emotional response that is causing your brain to freak out with anxiety. We are located in downtown Gulfport, MS near Biloxi, Pass Christian, Diamondhead, Long Beach and Bay St. Louis. Call us today at 228-382-3138 to start experience peace and calm in your life.

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