Navigating Through Anxiety

Megha Venketasamy
Posted April 17, 2020 from Mauritius

Anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion in humans. Anxiety begins with bodily sensations, and often times, out of our search for answers, if not, someone, somehow, somewhere, will coin the word anxiety for us.

From sensations, we now have an emotion “anxiety”.

Anxiety is neither positive nor negative; it is our body’s natural response to stress. In time of great uncertainties, where we are billions spread across the globe with this sense of that what we knew, what we believed in, what we held as, what we cherished and what we have crafted as life has crumbled down and we have little or no power over this. When anxiety shows up, fear hovers, for there is little or no control on what is happening and what will happen in future.   There is no wrongness with anxiety but if our life is controlled and led through and by anxiety, then we are in an unhealthy cycle and sooner or later, we will burn ourselves out.   Anxiety is less in the mind but more in the body. But the mind taps into the body and then from that space starts a series of scenarios. The mind is skilled at creating stories, at projecting, at visioning the future, at analyzing, at linking, at comparing, at referencing, at memorizing and in 99% of the time, these are nothing but movies. Trauma does not ease this process.  We are endless who scan for danger outside, for we live in danger inside our body. Unsafety is our reality, both inside and outside.

We navigate through anxiety.  Showing Away |Parking Aside | Pretending

None of these intervention attempts work or least, last over the medium and long term We do not have to like the discomfort and arousal of anxiety   When anxiety shows up, it ushers discomfort and arousal but it also drains. We all react and act differently in face of anxiety and may we be reminded that none of these determine our worth as humans.   The moment, we dive into liking or not liking the experience, we are already into judgement. We are allowed to  judge. It's ok to judge. May we not let these judgments overtake us. But once, pass this stage, however we choose to move, even if one step per day, moving to the unchanging, untouched, un-shattered inner core within us From that point, we learn to navigate through the emotion or sensations.

We say “navigate” for we go  through this phase with the knowingness that we will learn, and it's ok to feel every single emotion without traumatizing and re-traumatizing self. We say navigate for navigation is the part of the process of resilience building. Now is the time to build resilience. Our perceptions impact our resilience. How we perceive this current phase matters, for unconsciously, we are planting seeds for years to come.

  Below are links to youtube videos on how we may navigate through anxiety.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7JP2-Tc0F77gLhoMEuSy0MFXOjzuCo6z

free to share with anyone who may need these words. Stay Safe | Safety begins within   Reach out for support and to be supported. It takes one grounded conversation, one voice, one act of hearing and being heard to shift our perceptions. Love from my heart to yours

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Jill Langhus
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

Hello Lovely Megha,

How are you doing, love? Thanks for sharing your informative article about anxiety. I never thought about it in that way. I just hate feeling anxious. Thanks also for sharing your two lovely resource videos. That's very kind of you to offer this resource to people during these challenging times.

I hope you and your family are safe and well, dear.

XX

Megha Venketasamy
Apr 19, 2020
Apr 19, 2020

thank you for your words and support Jill

me and my family - we are keeping well. The quarantine got extended twice and we know even when it will be waived off on 4th May, it will be only partial.
So we are navigating through it all..

Jill Langhus
Apr 20, 2020
Apr 20, 2020

You're very welcome, dear:-)

Great to hear! Oh, I see. Yeah, similar situation here, but at least some of the restrictions are being lifted now, thankfully:-)

Yes, dear.

XX

Vanora.Lee
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

Thanks for your sharing and useful resources, learnt anxiety in a new way. Yes, we are often too easy to say "Stay Safe" but without useful tips or actions. It is really helpful. Take care.

Megha Venketasamy
Apr 19, 2020
Apr 19, 2020

sending loads love your way my sister

Chi8629
Apr 18, 2020
Apr 18, 2020

Hello Megha,
Thank you always
For this great pieces
We love you and are looking
Forward to reading more post from you .You are loved.Thank you.

Megha Venketasamy
Apr 19, 2020
Apr 19, 2020

thank you for your words. love you sister

Chi8629
Apr 19, 2020
Apr 19, 2020

You are welcome beautiful.

Ellie E.
Apr 18, 2020
Apr 18, 2020

Thank you for sharing this information, especially at such a critical time!

Megha Venketasamy
Apr 19, 2020
Apr 19, 2020

thank you sister

sending loads love your way

Beth Lacey
Apr 20, 2020
Apr 20, 2020

I agree with everyone who has commented. This is a very helpful post

Urmila Chanam
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Dearest Megha,
I loved every single word you wrote and what you have shared is a very unique perspective. I am thankful to you for sharing your wisdom and experiences with us to benefit from. I have shared your article on my social media handles, hope you don't mind. Keep writing and "navigating".
Much love always
Urmila Chanam
India