This workbook was designed to support people in addressing and managing their anxiety. It’s best coupled with consistent and professional support. In this workbook, you’ll find a variety of resources including cognitive and somatic exercises, journalling, intention planning, goal setting, videos, and book recommendations.
Anxiety is a normal part of life and the goal isn’t to get rid of it or eliminate it. One way to look at it is to develop a new relationship with it so that it’s not overwhelming or controlling. We all have the innate capacity to heal and through awareness, consistency, and commitment, it’s possible to see yourself, others, and life in a new and more healthy way.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. Sometimes, anxiety can be adaptive and effective at keeping us safe. Other times, it can be detrimental to our life and prevent us from living a life we want.
A healthy baseline of anxiety is when we are preparing for a job interview or when we are about to try something new and unfamiliar. We might feel worried, nervous, or unsure but we can usually manage these feelings. These feelings help prepare us to “put our best foot forward” and to effectively accomplish the task at hand.
Conversely, an unhealthy baseline of anxiety is when our reaction is disproportionate to the situation. For example, we have a panic attack at the thought of giving a speech or we feel extreme fear at the thought of socializing to the point where we isolate from everyone.
Everyone reacts to stressful and overwhelming situations differently. There is no good or bad way to address and manage our anxiety. What’s important is how we treat ourselves as we navigate these tough experiences and feelings.