Happiful November 2019

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4 FOCUS ON TRIGGERING THE

‘REST AND DIGEST’ RESPONSE

During ‘fight or flight’, our

sympathetic nervous system helps

us face the threat by increasing

our heart rate, breathing rate, and

blood pressure.

Once our mind feels the threat

has been eliminated, our blood

pressure, heart, and breathing

rate return to normal, our muscles

relax, and processes such as

digestion – which stop during ‘fight

or flight’ – are resumed. This is

because of the parasympathetic

nervous system, or ‘rest and digest’

response, which works to restore

balance in the body.

Each day, create time for self-care

– which will trigger your ‘rest and

digest’ response. How you do this

is down to you, but could include

meditation, yoga, or breath-work.

5 DON’T BE AFRAID TO

ASK FOR HELP

Remember: you are not alone.

Share your thoughts, feelings,

and challenges, with friends and

family, and ask for their support.

They, too, will want to see you back

feeling more confident again.

There are support groups, online

and offline, for people on the same

journey as you, wishing to rebuild

their confidence after anxiety.

There are also skilled professionals

who can help you understand the

roots of the anxiety, and share

tools to make you feel better

equipped when life gets stressful.

Will Aylward helps people around

the world to get their freedom back,

and works as an online life coach

and rapid transformational therapy

(RTT) practitioner. Learn more at

willaylward.com

November 2019 • happiful.com • 79

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