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Anxiety or Adaptation?



Anxiety and panic are your bodies reach for self preservation. 

They are labeled as psychiatric disorders (because we all love a good label right?), which help us to compartmentalize things and give us a sense of control. They also allow for diagnose codes, and diagnosis codes = insurance reimbursement...so there’s that. .

But our stories can’t be contained in a mere label. Our nervous systems, which are a product of everything we have experienced from conception until now, can’t be explained by a diagnosis. 

What’s referred to as psychiatric disorders are in actuality adaptations to trauma. Demands placed on the body that exceeded the bodies response capability. 

Anxiety isn’t your body failing you, it’s the consequence of a dedicated pursuit to keep you safe. Let that sink in, it’s beautiful! 

Your body will continue to reach for self preservation via the fight or flight response until it’s able to register cues of safety through your internal and external environments, relationships, and energy input and expenditure. 

It’s often hard to remember why your body feels so unsafe in the first place. you forget and numb out as a coping mechanism. But forgetting means you resort to believing there is just something fundamentally wrong with you-you must be crazy, unloveable, and have no shot at a “normal” existence. 

Remembering your story honors your experiences and allows compassion to flow from your wounded heart to your wounded body-Therein lies your healing. .

What pain, trauma, disappointment, or seasons of prolonged stress has your body carried you through? 

When was the last time you offered compassion and grace to your body when it reacted in ways that felt like panic or anxiety?

It’s often hard to remember why your body feels so unsafe in the first place. you forget and numb out as a coping mechanism. But forgetting means you resort to believing there is just something fundamentally wrong with you-you must be crazy, unloveable, and have no shot at a “normal” existence. 


Remembering your story honors your experiences and allows compassion to flow from your wounded heart to your wounded body-Therein lies your healing. .

What pain, trauma, disappointment, or seasons of prolonged stress has your body carried you through? 


When was the last time you offered compassion and grace to your body when it reacted in ways that felt like panic or anxiety?



Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, stop and take a deep breath. Close your eyes and lay a hand on your rapidly pumping heart, and one on your mid abdomen covering your stress hormone releasing adrenal glands, and whisper- YOU ARE SAFE.


Gods Peace,


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