What’s up, friends! Looks like a lot of us are feeling extra stressed and worried lately. No judgement here! Between the pandemic, money worries, family drama, and everything else – anxiety is at an all-time high.
But here’s the thing – feeling constantly on edge or restless takes a toll on your mind and body. You deserve to feel relaxed and enjoy each day.
So where does anxiety even come from? Why are some people more prone to it than others? Let’s break it down nice and easy.
Inside Your Anxious Brain
Your brain has something called the reticular activating system deep in the brain stem. It’s like a filter that decides what sensory information you notice or ignore.
If this reticular system is a bit underdeveloped, it goes into overdrive constantly scanning for potential threats.
This puts your brain on high alert making it hard to ignore noises, crowds, or random thoughts. You feel distracted and overwhelmed.
At the same time, we’re all born with primitive reflexes that help us survive as babies. When these don’t properly fade away as we grow, they keep the body in react-first, think-later survival mode.
Your fight-or-flight gets triggered way easier. Your brain sounds the alarm at every unfamiliar situation. Hello, anxiety!
Out of Sync
Here’s the kicker – having underdeveloped coordination and motor skills keeps those primitive reflexes from fading away as they should.
Your mind and body stay out of sync. Physical awkwardness plus a brain on high alert is a recipe for anxiety.
You avoid situations that make you feel clumsy or overstimulated, which just worsens the disconnect between mind and body. It’s a vicious cycle!
Retrain Your Brain
The good news is you can rewire your brain-body connection through – you guessed it – movement!
Using focused exercises that integrate reflexes, build coordination, and fire up your sensory systems helps develop those underdeveloped pathways.
As you improve your balance, sequencing, and motor planning, your brain chills out. With a more finely tuned nervous system, you process stress better and feel more centered.
Through something called neuroplasticity, new neural networks form that enhance your cognition and emotional regulation. Anxiety starts fading.
People see great success reducing anxiety symptoms using programs like Feel Good that take this sensory-motor approach. The science is clear – if you change your physiology, your psychology follows.
With some guidance, you can repattern your nervous system and finally feel in control of your mind and body. No more being a hostage to anxiety!
If this sounds like your experience and you’re ready to make a change, check out the Feel Good program.
Drop me any questions in the comments! I love connecting. Talk soon!