Coming Fall 2018!
Restoring A Peaceful Heart: A Journey to Establishing Peace When Struggling With Anxiety
Do you feel like you are easily angry and annoyed with your family and children?
Do you feel paralyzed and don’t know where to start with an overwhelming to do list?
Are you tired all the time because of all the emotional energy you are expending to keep yourself going?
Do you feel like there is something “wrong” with you?
Do you feel disconnected from friends and family?
You may or may not be aware but these are often feelings related to anxiety. Anxiety can be the result from trauma you experienced in your life. Anxiety looks different for different people and can manifest in different ways such as anger, irritability, health problems, and so much more!
Symptoms of anxiety include:
1.Excessive Worry: Thoughts that interfere with your day and functioning.
2.Sleep Problems: When your worries about something bad happening interferes with your ability to go to sleep or stay asleep. Your worries can also follow you into your dreams.
3.Irrational Fears: Fears of a specific thing or situation that causes a person to avoid that thing or situation despite being reassured of its safety.
4. Muscle Tension: Physical stiffness, soreness, pain and discomfort in the body.
5. Chronic Indigestion: Acid reflux, upset stomach, making already present illnesses like IBS worse.
6. Self-Consciousness: Not talking to people for fear of being judged, eating or drinking in front of people, getting up and speaking in front of people, not doing any activity for fear of being judged negatively.
7. Panic-Panic Attack: Symptoms include breathing problems, pounding or racing heart, tingling or numbness in hands, sweating, weakness or dizziness, chest pain, stomach pain, feeling hot or cold. Very scary feelings of impending doom. Sometimes people mistake panic attacks for heart attacks.
8. Perfectionism: Constantly doubting or judging yourself.
Anxiety is a natural protective response to trauma and unhealthy relationships. There is NOTHING wrong with you at all and in fact your mind is trying to help you with this anxiety. Anxiety is a protective mechanism you learned to keep yourself safe in your life.
Relationships with people who try to convince you that they know what’s best for you and don’t let you determine what you need, traumatic experiences, abusive relationships, and accidents can all lead to anxiety. Your mind then decides that you need to second guess everything or try to predict everything in order to keep yourself safe from making a mistake or being in danger.
The good news is that once you realize how anxiety is affecting your life, you can learn tools to help you manage these symptoms and eventually break free from them all together.
The key to this is nurturing yourself and letting yourself breathe without being on guard all the time or trying to please other people.
I know how frustrating, painful, confusing and isolating anxiety can be because I experienced it myself.
My personal journey with anxiety has been one that I have been struggling with for years of my life. I have struggled with doing what is best for me and finding my own voice. Anxiety has manifested a lot of internal pushback that has surfaced as self-criticism, sleeplessness, physical ailments, and panic attacks.
I have been in unhealthy relationships that made me question my own sanity. I have held myself back from opportunities that would have expanded my life because I was afraid of what “might” happen or how others would judge me.
I finally got tired of how anxiety was ruling my life and began my journey to healing. I searched out all kinds of therapy, exercise, techniques, diets, spiritual practices and I have combined what I have learned with education, knowledge, and experience as a mental health professional for you.
Anxiety traps you into such a small, scary corner. I want to help you identify your anxiety triggers and sources so that you can begin your own journey back to the source of your peace.
In my program, Restoring the Peaceful heart, I will help you identify your specific anxiety symptoms and learn how they are affecting your life. Once we know how anxiety if affecting you, then I will teach you tools to start connecting you back to yourself.
We will then work toward truly being in communication with your intuition and sense of what’s right for you. We will begin to find ways to nurture that inner guide. Then, we will focus on your relationships so you can have healthy, loving connections instead of draining, frustrating experiences.
I will teach you how to receive love from others who are healthy for you and discern for yourself who those people are. You will be able to lovingly give anxiety gratitude for protecting you and let it step back from your true self who has the strength to guide you away from or through tough times and relationships.
Phase 1: Validating the Hurt- I am not broken
Phase 1 is about learning that anxiety is not who you are. The struggle you have with anxiety is totally normal. It’s an obstacle you CAN overcome. It does not have to be this way.
- Identify your core beliefs and see how they hold you back or push you forward. Do these beliefs originate from you or are they from some other outside source?
- You will see that there are reasons that you feel this way and that you are not “crazy” or broken. You will be able to pinpoint accept, and nurture those hurt places to embrace and heal instead of being afraid of them.
- Identify the areas that feel out of control in your life that could be caused by anxiety so you can start taking steps toward change.
- Then, you can get clear on how your life can look when you’re not in the clutches of anxiety so you can actually start living the life you’ve always wanted.
- You will learn a step-by-step process to help you embrace where you are and have compassion for yourself and your emotions so you can restore a sense of peace in your life.
Phase 2: Nurturing the Self-Coming Home
Your intuition is your inner compass. Often times, we were programmed to follow instructions and believe that other people know what we needed more than ourselves.
Phase 2 is about giving yourself permission to put yourself first, remember who you were before you had this anxiety, and ways to reconnect with yourself and your intuition. Come home to yourself. Come rest in the peacefulness that you need to guide you through your day, life, and relationships.
- You will have access to your deepest thoughts and desires and a reconnection to what you once knew fed you and gave back to you.
- You will be able to name ways that you feel nourished, nurtured, and relaxed and you will make space in your life for those things.
- Learn how to separate your anxious thoughts from your intuition so you feel at peace with the decisions you make and to have things manifest the way you want them to in your life
- Learn powerful methods for getting back in touch with your inner knowing. Develop trust within yourself so you can be free of your anxiety and look forward to the future instead of being afraid.
Phase 3- Intentional Experiences With Others-Building your tribe
After all the exploration, validating and healing you have done you will begin to discern how to navigate others in your life. In this phase, you will become clear about what healthy relationships feel like. You will learn to embrace healthier experiences with boundaries that are determined by what you know is best for you. Giving yourself permission to clear people and respectfully let them leave or stay.
You will then begin to expand in a way you never knew you could when being protected by your anxiety.
- You will be able to identify unhealthy relationships in your life and pinpoint the impact they have on your thoughts, feelings, energy, physical health, mental health, and actions.
- Allow yourself to find things in your life to say no to in order to develop better self care, create more time in your life, and increase simplicity for yourself.
- Learn a step by step process to understanding what healthy versus unhealthy boundaries are and where those boundaries need to be drawn physically as well as emotionally.
- Begin to build a tribe and place people where they belong according to how much you can trust them and learn that this is ok! Bring people and experiences in that are exciting, nurturing, peaceful, loving and fun!