This week we’re thinking about understanding and managing anxiety. Paulo Coelho, lyricist and author, provides the following explanation:
Anxiety, in its many forms, seems to be the cost of being human and simply existing in our world these days.
We understand that this neurochemical response once served an evolutionary purpose, but keeping the anxiety monster at bay can seem like a full time job. We totally hear you - it’s exhausting!
Evolutionarily, anxiety kicks in as a fight or flight response to an immediate threat. Key word: immediate. So in the face of danger, i.e. looming death, your instincts and reactions would aim to get you to a safer place or situation, and the anxiety would lift.
Our current world is very much a delayed return environment -- our choices and actions infrequently yield an immediate result (i.e. a fight with your partner, not having enough time to get things done, a medical condition) So we’re left in limbo, feeling uncertain about the future and questioning our actions in the past. This is what breeds our modern flavor of anxiety and stress.
In many ways, our brains still have yet to adapt to modern society and optimize for the delayed return environment.
Fortunately, using mindfulness as our superpower, we can learn to tame our anxiety. Anxiety wants us to fight for control to mitigate our fears of uncertainty. Mindfulness instead embraces the ever-changing moments of life.
We'd love to hear from you! (you can reply directly to this email):
How does anxiety show up in your life? Do you feel like it’s something you manage well? Any tips or tricks you have that might help others?
📖 How Neurofeedback Can Help with Anxiety (4 mins): Alyssa in coordination with Neurofeedback Training Co walks us through how Neurofeedback Therapy can help us ease into greater calm, via some practical tools for quick results.
📖 How to Manage Anxiety During a Pandemic (9 mins): The current situation regarding COVID-19 has led to A LOT of uncertainty. Vox shares some ways to focus on our well-being and mental health during this time.
Aduri offers free and donation-based virtual meditation, mindset and education sessions Monday through Thursday. Check them out here!
SPECIAL MAY EVENT SERIES: MINDFUL MAY
Join Aduri, our brand partners, and featured guest, Nkechi Deanna Njaka, MSc., for a 4-part virtual event series exploring topics to empower your mental well-being. We’ll dive into Anxiety, Belonging, Connection, and Deep Sleep.