3 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Slowing You Down

By Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA

Do you ever feel like your anxiety is paralyzing you?

Have you ever felt like your anxiety makes you feel stuck?

Is your anxiety slowing your life down to an awful grind?

In today’s busy world, no one has time for this.

I am here to help you learn how to stop anxiety from slowing you down.

Hi! I’m Dr. Nicole Cain and as an expert integrative mental health consultant I have helped thousands of people get their lives back and I can help you. I have worked with high achievers, and experts from around the world and have developed powerful integrative strategies that literally change the way my clients think and feel.

In this blog, I share 3 quick tips to help you put anxiety back in its place, so you can move full speed ahead.

I was stuck in the cyclical groove of anxiety where I felt paralyzed and unable to be creative, laugh, or experience joy. I tried so hard to push through my anxiety so I could keep working, but no matter how hard I tried, I realized that my life was slowly grinding to a halt.

But you know what? My life didn’t end because of anxiety, and yours won’t either. You may be feeling trapped and hopeless right now, but I am here to tell you. I get it. I hear you. And I have answers that work. You just need the tools to help you feel like yourself again. Your true self; minus the anxiety.

Are you ready for the change you have been searching for?

I am excited to share with you three tips on how you can stop anxiety from slowing you down.



Tip One: Change It Up

The most important first step in freeing yourself from the paralysis of anxiety is to literally change up the setting.

I had a deadline with my editor approaching and the more I wrote the more frazzled I felt. My brain started shutting down and my heart was pounding. I literally had to close my laptop, get up and take a walk. Your triggered brain stem needs input from the environment in order to reset, this means getting back to basics, like: Movement, touch, scent, hearing, taste and sight.

I have an entire chapter in my ACT Model for Anxiety on this topic. Two of my favorite recommendations are left nostril breathing and holding ice. Or maybe the Somatographic Imagery or the section on the Plotline Pivot. Okay, so that was more than two… but how can I choose? That’s like asking me if I’d rather spend an afternoon playing with a dozen fluffy puppies or going to Disney World.

Basically, if you’re feeling paralyzed by anxiety, change it up with movement, touch, scents, hearing, tastes or sight.

Tip Two: Learn to Label Your Anxiety as Symptoms and Not Reality.

When you are suffering from anxiety, it can feel all encompassing, as the anxiety attempts to dominate your thought patterns. It can prevent you from moving forward in your life—as it feels paralyzing, while leaving you feeling restless, on edge, and even sick. At times you may feel like your mind is racing with worry, but yet you are blanking on what to do. The more anxiety slows you down, the more irritable and tense you may become.

My second tip is to learn to strongly label your anxiety by saying “These feelings are just symptoms, this is not reality.”

By labeling your anxiety for what it is, you are taking away some of its power and making a choice to not jump on board with the anxiety’s drama.

Tip Three: Positively Direct the Anxious Energy

Physical motion or exercise can be one of the most powerful tools in creating positive momentum in the brain.

Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces anxiety.

Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.

About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects. So when you don’t know what else to do, start moving your body. It is important that you are able to focus on something physical—and eventually you may notice your thoughts beginning to slow as you naturally become tired.

If you are able to get proper rest, then you may wake up with less anxiety and have more energy to focus on what you need to accomplish—remember, you can set a new goal or goals each day—just remember to break them into small actionable steps. And in between action on your goals, use physical activities and exercise to keep yourself out of an anxiety thought cycle.

Mental Health Experts agree that in the brain, neurons that wire together, fire together. This means that when you start using the three tips that I shared with you, you want to do them daily and repetitively, because we are trying to create a new pattern in your brain.

A pattern that is less anxious, and one where you feel that you can accomplish what you need to do in your life and work.

I have developed hundreds of tools in video, audio, and written formats and I am soooo excited to share them with you!

If you are ready to get unstuck, and if you resonated with the goodness that we just talked about together, come over to my website and check out our amazingness.

If you want a more in-depth approach to defeating anxiety and feeling like yourself again, sign up for the free 7 day Anxiety Freedom Challenge! It’s amazing, it’s free, and you’re going to love it!

Anxiety is not a life sentence. I have dedicated my life to creating simple and yet powerful solutions that give hope. Solutions that add a comma at the end of the sentence of a diagnosis.

My aim is to help as many people as possible get rid of the anxiety that is slowing them down and achieve true freedom. Are you ready to join me on this journey? If so, click the link below to sign up for the Free 7 Day Anxiety Freedom Challenge.

Here’s to your next chapter,

~Dr. Nicole Cain, ND MA

This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Whenever considering changing your protocol whether it includes a change of medications, supplements, diet or lifestyle, always speak with your primary care physician first. Dr. Nicole Cain consults with clients locally and internationally. Dr. Nicole Cain ND MA has helped countless people take back control of their lives, and she can help you. To set up a complimentary consultation, call our office or visit https://drnicolecain.com/getting-started to schedule online.
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