When you are stressed or anxious, do you find that you say unkind things to yourself?
If you’re like me, you are the least compassionate to yourself when you need the most self-compassion.
Learning about what happens in the brain when we are in our sympathetic nervous system has given me tools to say ‘hey, I can’t access my prefrontal cortex right now… My amygdala is firing!I need to stop and breathe to get back into my prefrontal cortex so I can think clearly.”
Something along those lines of course 🙂
If you are struggling with stress/anxiety and find yourself saying unkind things to yourself, perhaps try taking a few deep belly breaths and send yourself some compassion that you are having a hard time in that moment.
Anxiety is like a giant ocean wave that feels like it is going to wash you away to sea. Let’s learn tools to be with the wave or calm the nervous system to combat it.