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Should I panic?

How many times have you asked yourself this question?

Whatever the answer, know that you’ll be ok.  Panic and anxiety are everywhere these days and it can be hard to know when our nervous system is helping us get out of danger or has simply been hijacked by an untrue narrative.

I’m going to be honest with you for a moment: I still struggle with anxiety and panic. It’s not an everyday thing but it creeps up when I least expect it and there are times when I feel like I’m suffocating.

In those moments, I rely on tools and practices that I know will calm the mind and body…and I love myself enough to actually deploy them.  No shame.

Here’s a short list of my personal anti-panic/anxiety tool kit:

  • Meditation.  Even something as simple as following my breath or a guided meditation when I’m really ‘out there’.
  • Body Sensing: It’s been clinically proven that focusing on objective reality (the touch of the air on your skin, etc.) reduces panic attacks and anxiety symptoms.
  • Essential Oils: Lavender for day.  Sandalwood for night.
  • Ritual: Lighting a candle and doing a body sensing exercise, chanting a Sanskrit mantra, moon salutation, etc.  All these things are rituals that I know by heart and can draw upon to ground myself when anxiety and panic want to take over.
  • Music:  Good In/Good Out, right?  It can be very helpful to listen to relaxing music (and take deep breaths) in a time of panic.  (as a special gift, you can listen to my latest anxiety-reducing playlist HERE)

And, most importantly, I resist the urge to fight the anxiety.  It’s awful and of course we want it to be over asap but fighting against it won’t make it go away any faster.  Feel what you need to feel.  Cry it out.  Yell if you need to (into a pillow).

My gurus have taught me that there are no good or bad feelings….they are all messengers and it’s better to feel them, metabolize, and learn.  Otherwise they become lodged inside and it’s a lot harder to get them out. 🙂

If you struggle with anxiety, you are not alone.  I invite you to be brave and build your own anti-anxiety tool kit.

If you’re looking for some expert guidance getting started, I’d be happy to talk to you.  Simply schedule a consultation HERE and we can form a game plan for your own healing. 

With all my love,
Katie
Founder, Worn-Out to Warrior

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Speaking Personally: My own Digital Detox results

Imma get a little personal up in here.  Why?  As a health coach, it’s my job to create a safe space for vulnerability because it’s only when all the cards are out on the table that we can truly start the healing process. 

In corporate, we say ‘You can’t change what you can’t measure’.  In my personal life and Ayurvedic coaching practice, I say ‘You can’t change what you can’t be real about’.   So, in that spirit, I’m going to get real with you. 

Back in May, I honestly thought my life was falling apart.  If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably noticed that I pretty much fell off the face of the planet during that time.  I told my Facebook group (the Worn-Out to Warrior Sisterhood) that I needed to take an indefinite hiatus from admin duties and would likely be off all social media for the foreseeable future.  Thankfully (and not surprisingly because all the women in that group are amazing), everyone was supportive and told me to do what I needed to do to get well.  

So I went dark.  For a full month, I was off social media 100%.  I deleted the FB app from my phone.  And didn’t check it via desktop.  Facebook was the primary way I engaged with my clients, put myself out there in hopes of engaging with new people who’d benefit from my work, etc. so there was a huge risk to my business doing this…but I knew it was necessary.

And you know what happened?

Everything.  

I felt myself become lighter.  A lot of people report withdrawal symptoms when they do a Digital Detox for the first time (especially with social media) but I didn’t have any of that.  I was more of the ‘Burn it all to the ground’ mindset which helped.  But I felt myself a lot lighter, energetically.  And I started to notice a few things:

  1. More juicy connections with friends & family.  With social media off the table, I began to reach out to people via email and text to schedule time with them and hear about their lives in real time.  You know, old school IRL hang outs.  Most people were thrilled and I started to wonder if we all hid behind social media because we’re scared of either being an annoyance or being rejected.  
  2. I stopped waking up instantly anxious and depressed.  I realized that the first thing I did every morning, even before getting out of bed, was check my social media and email to see if my clients needed anything from me.  But, overtime, I spent more and more time on Facebook and all the stories of the latest horrors filled my freshly awake eyeballs and psyche. OMG this is such a terrible habit and, for me, it set me on a path to white-knuckling through the day…all day.  My intentional Digital Detox broke that habit right quick.  But here’s the key, I didn’t just sleep longer to fill the time.  I filled that time with meditation, more time with my dog, some yoga, whatever felt good in the moment.  It’s not enough to cut out bad habits…you need to replace them with sustainable nourishing NEW habits so you don’t revert back. 
  3. My confidence came back.  Most of us can cope with one crisis at a time.  I had about 5 happen all at once.  And I just about lost it.  I thought ‘What am I doing coaching others out of burnout when my life is falling apart?  I’m a fraud!’  No, I wasn’t a fraud…I just had the Universe deal me a really rough hand and temporarily lost sight of my own wellness and self-care practice. I knew I had to double-down on the methods I knew work (meditation, yoga, good food, setting boundaries, etc.)  If anything, being real about all this made me a BETTER coach because I had a booster shot of empathy for people when we first start working together.   Over time, my confidence came back.  I’m far enough away from those events that I can see the silver lining (but would prefer not to go through that again!).

All of that just from deleting FB and staying off social media for a month?!  You betcha.  

Everyone’s Digital Detox needs are different but if any of the results I shared above are enticing, I encourage you to get in touch with me.  Don’t let the pride of being a badass boss keep you from giving yourself the gift of health.  We all need a hand now and then.  I’ve got TWO for ya! 🙂   

You can schedule a complimentary consultation here:  www.katiemeyer.com/schedule  Or if you’re ready to dive in to the work, schedule your 90-minute customized appointment via the same link!

Much love,

Katie

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Anxiety & Physical Pain: It’s Not In Your Head

You know the feeling.  That feeling when your adrenaline begins to climb.  Your heart rate speeds up.  Your breath becomes shallow.  Your jaw begins to clench.  You begin to sweat…but remain chilled to the touch.

This is our old pal anxiety and if you’re like the nearly 40 million people in the US suffering from chronic anxiety, you know what I’ve described all too well.   

But did you know that chronic anxiety is often responsible for physical pain that usually lingers FOR YEARS?  

Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, and Back Pain have all been connected to chronic anxiety and, after years of neglect, severing of the mind/body/spirit connection, and just ‘getting through it’, people are often left needing powerful pharmaceuticals, or worse, self-medication with alcohol just to simply exist.  

My intention is not to scare you…it’s to put the connection between anxiety and physical pain in very blunt terms.  There’s no way to get around it: your chronic anxiety is likely responsible for your physical aches and pains.  And it’s hurting you on more than a physical level.

So, what to do?

Ayurveda classifies anxiety as a Vata imbalance, meaning there is too much air and space in the pranic body.  My Ayurveda mentor, Dr. Vasant Lad, once said ‘Space is freedom’ and what he meant by that is…space is possibility but it is also ambiguity.  

Ambiguity can be scary so we will  fill that space with negative self-talk, mindless mental chatter, and what I would call ‘pacifiers’.  Anything to save us from the discomfort of ambiguity and space.  This leads to anxiety and physical pain because it is not a sustainable way to live.  Your adrenals will become exhausted and your body will begin to believe that chronic adrenal spikes are normal.  

Thankfully, there is much we can do to bring Vata back into balance and it starts with first loving on yourself and acknowledging where you are at this very moment.  Release the ‘could have/should have’ guilt of past choices and simply see your body and mind where it is in this very moment.

Begin to notice the pain signals your body is trying to get you to pay attention to.  Where is the pain in your body?  Breathe into that.  

Nourish your body with healthy food, give yourself a warm-oil massage, begin a meditation practice.

These are all natural pain relievers but will also begin to re-train your brain and adrenal system so that proper function may be restored.  

Shocker: we are not meant to live in Fight/Flight our entire lives! 🙂  

If you are someone with chronic anxiety and physical pain, I hear you.  I acknowledge that your pain isn’t ‘all in your head’.  Ayurveda does not subscribe to the idea of separation between body, mind, and spirit.  All are one and intimately connected (and impacted) by one another.

If you would like to learn more about the connection between anxiety and physical pain (from an allopathic perspective), I encourage you to visit the Anxiety & Depression Association of America’s website.

And if you would like to explore how Ayurveda can help you reduce your anxiety and heal your chronic pain, I encourage you to reach out to me.  You can book your FREE 60-Minute breakthrough session HERE.

Much Love & Namaste,

Katie