Dissolve Anxiety: Somatic Psychology

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Follow these simple 5 steps below:

What You'll Need

  • The willingness to practice tolerating sensations in your body

What You'll Do

  • WHERE IS IT: Close your eyes and tune in to what you're calling "anxiety". Where do you feel it the most in your body? Chest, stomach, throat?
  • DESCRIBE THE SENSATION: If you dropped the word "anxiety" and had to describe the physical sensation instead, what word would you use? A "streaming" sensation, "pulsing", "racing", a "tightness"?
  • SHAPE AND COLOR: If you had to give the sensation in your body a color and shape, what would they be? Picture it in your mind's eye (don't worry if you feel you're making this up).
  • SCALE: On a scale of 1-10 how intense are the sensations with 1 being not at all problematic and 10 being excruciating.
  • BEFRIENDING THE SENSATIONS: Now see if you can breathe into and genuinely welcome the shape, color and sensation you've pictured inside of you. Allow it. The more you brace against the sensations the stronger they'll get. The more you welcome them the faster they'll dissolve.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wanting anxiety to go away will ensure you tense which strengthens it. The more you relax into it, and genuinely welcome the uncomfortable sensations, the quicker it will dissolve. Notice how the words "I struggle with anxiety" will impact you differently to "I feel a fluttering sensation in my chest". How you think and talk about your anxiety matters.
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