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My story with anxiety - Vlog #1

The body has its reasons that reason does not know...

And I'm living proof of that!


This week it's with some apprehension that I share with you my very first Vlog episode on Armonyah's Youtube channel 🙈


It's a raw and spontaneous - everything is there, as it came to me in the moment.


My intention with this video is to introduce myself in a more personal way, as so many of you have joined the channel recently. Thank you for being here 🙏🏼


In this episode I talk to you about anxiety, more specifically about my experience of anxiety, its precursors and symptoms; my anxiety attacks and my road to recovery (and I'm still on the road, and nothing can ever be taken for granted because life is movement 🌊).


If you suffer from anxiety, here are 3 key messages I've highlighted in this episode:


  1. There's nothing "wrong" with you: your anxiety is a perfectly natural coping mechanism that your body has put in place to deal with the stressful situations / traumas to which you've been exposed.

  2. Anxiety is not a sign of weakness, quite the contrary! Do you realise how much you've achieved with and despite this anxiety that's holding you back? It's a real act of courage and inner strength, and I congratulate you on everything you've been through so far!

  3. It's natural if you feel overwhelmed, overloaded or even frozen after long periods of stress: your nervous system and hormones are out of whack. It's time to get back in touch with your body and practise somatic exercises that will help you release the excess cortisol and adrenaline that are preventing you from losing weight and sleeping well at night, among other things. It's time to reintroduce your body to relaxation! (I've prepared a practical exercise below)


Vlog #1 - My story with anxiety


 

Are you ready to give your body back a voice?

To give it back the place it deserves?


Here's a simple breathing exercise to help your body and nervous system relearn what it means to relax.


This kind of bodily practice leads us to focus our attention on ourselves, to go inward, to bring calm within ourselves and to refocus. Listening attentively opens up unexplored areas of ourselves and roots us in the present.

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Lie down on your bed, your sofa or on the floor on your carpet.



Place your left hand on your chest and your right hand on your lower abdomen.



Breathe calmly through your nose, without any particular effort.



Let the cool air pass through your nostrils as you inhale, and the warm air as you exhale.



Then, little by little, focus your attention on your hands and their movement in contact with your body.



Feel them rise and fall, like two small boats sailing on the sea, rocked by the ebb and flow of the waves.



Which hand moves and rises first, the one on your chest or the one on your stomach? Simply observe, without judgement - there's no right or wrong answer here, just the feelings of your own body.



Now breathe into your chest, feeling this hand rise and fall, but without forcing it. Breathe in and out quietly. Do this several times.



Then do the same with the hand in your lower abdomen. Inflate your belly without forcing it, then exhale slowly. Put your attention on your hand. Do this several times.



Then return to your natural breathing.

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On the way to greater Simplicity and Fluidity ~ in your Body and in your Life 🦋

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