Waking up every morning with a feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach, rising into your chest, before you are even fully awake – Does this sound familiar? Beating yourself up for not feeling stronger, more confident, courageous? Does that really help or make things worse?
Research shows that by applying some simple mindful self-compassion strategies you can reduce anxiety and related symptoms.
There is a large and growing body of research (including my own) supporting the health and wellness benefits of self-compassion. It is strongly associated with fewer negative states like depression, anxiety, stress, shame, and negative body image, and it is strongly linked to more positive states like happiness, life satisfaction, and optimism.
I am an integrative psychotherapist by profession and have completed training courses in Compassion Focused therapy under Professor Paul Gilbert. I also have the privilege of being a ‘trained Mindful self-compassion teacher’.
Mindful Self- Compassion has changed my life for the better in so many ways, both personally and professionally, and I live in daily gratitude for all that I have been taught by those who have walked before me and led the way.
When I was much younger than I am now I had my first panic attack at the age of 21. I had suffered from anxiety but was unaware of its impact or that it was not simply physical state.
There are many techniques and strategies shared on the MSC programme and through mindfulness practice. A couple of quick and easy ways to settle anxiety are shared here:
Soles of the feet
This is a very effective way to anchor your awareness in body sensation, especially when you’re upset and can’t calm yourself down.
I am thrilled to be able to share the link today for the Anxiety podcast I recently recorded for ‘The Hustle’ for young professionals -with Mara Polansky
The Hustle Hour sponsored by JCI Manchester
Here are some links!
HustleHour – The Science of Anxiety
HustleHour – Spotify
It will also be available on iTunes shortly
The next Mindful self-compassion course is being offered at AUK HQ too and starts November 2!