A Sharing From The Heart: Anxiety, Spiraling, and What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Conversations from the Heart - July 23rd 2021

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Lifestyle, Self-Love, Healing

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Today’s episode comes with no epiphanies. It’s just an honest, open sharing on anxiety when there is nothing else you can do.

If you’ve ever had a tiny moment trigger a sea of anxiety, then you’ll know exactly what that feels like.

This week, Rachel and her family are visiting friends on a beautiful island off the southern coast of Sweden. The sun is shining, summer is in full swing, and Rachel is surrounded by loved ones, good food, and beautiful scenery.

But her anxiety has not let her enjoy any of it. After finding three ticks on her daughter, Rachel went into a full downward spiral worrying about her daughters health. Nothing has helped her break the surface as of yet.

What can we do when there is nothing to do? Sometimes the answer is to be in the body, so the mind can follow. Sometimes the answer is to share. And sometimes the answer is a really long, understanding hug. Tune in today for a combination of all three.

Key Takeaways

  • If you find yourself spiraling with anxiety, ask your body what it needs. Your mind will only send you further into the rabbit hole.
  • Sometimes the only remedy to your present situation is a long, safe hug from someone that really sees your internal struggle.
  • If you find yourself going into fix-it mode, stop and check in with yourself. Are you trying to fix something that isn’t actually possible to fix in this exact moment?
  • Talk to yourself in a loving voice, even if your inner critic is loud. Have compassion even when none of your healing tools are working. Sometimes it’s part of the process.
  • If you let fear lead the way, you’ll block yourself from experiencing all the joy life has to offer.