Anxiety Disorders 
Turning Off Alarm Bells

Anxiety disorders provoke fixations you hold on to so you can survive threats, real or not. What's gone awry, the 'freeze, fight or flight' response, can be stopped in its tracks. And, you can do it with a missing basic. Is this short routine missing from your life?

What is 'fight, flight or freeze'?

The 'freeze, fight or flight' response is designed to quickly get you out of danger when you sense it. Hard-wired in the brain, it helps us survive 'at all costs'.

When triggered, the body adjusts. And, it can be very uncomfortable. But, you're ready to freeze, run away from, or fight the threat. 

Once the scare passes, your body naturally goes back into a relaxed state. Stress hormones are flushed out. Balance returns.

The headache in anxiety disorders

The 'fight, flight or freeze' feeling revs on and doesn't stop. There's no chance to recover from bursts of anxiety and frantic thinking. 'Coming down' by relaxing, is what's missing in anxiety disorders.

There's a tendency to...

  • See everything through fear.
  • Spend a lot of time scanning, looking for what could be dangerous.
  • Focus on what bothers you. The list grows so big and fast, soon, you don't feel safe anywhere.

Fighting to pull through every day, it's a jump from crisis to crisis. And, you forget to step back and recuperate.

  • You can't sleep.
  • Cleanliness mutates. It can be obsessive or you turn into a slob.
  • Being around others is stressful and you stay away.
  • Parenting, working, finishing projects, are too much and you stop getting involved.

Tips to turn off anxiety

How to stop the 'freeze, flight or fight' impulse has much do with quieting your mind, a frustration common to anxiety disorders. Here's a secret for dealing with anxiety.

Add more punch to slowing the tempo by quietly doing the dishes. Or, taking your time to wash the car.
Granted, these are plain examples...

But, they are so effective at emptying your mind of nervous thinking. Instead, they monopolize your attention, leaving no room for anything else. You're doing it for the sake of relaxing.

As Dan Millman implies, in The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, “Let the move be about the move.”

At the core of relaxation, is paying total attention, in the moment, with what you're involved in. Time disappears. There's no past, no future. And, your mind slows to a trickle.

You can also have...

  • Massages to release tension. A treasured benefit is the nice 'tired' you feel. Sleep is deep, too. The 'stroke and knead muscles' massage can melt away tension. Bring on relaxation.

Do ask for a facial and head massage to chase away stress. You'll love how your face tingles and scalp pleads for, “Yes! I want more of this!" Sensations are that awesome.

Or, play...

  • Your favorite music. The soft stuff. Pour your heart into singing the words when they're part of the tune. Or, hum. Or, sway to the music. These cool off the 'freeze, fight or flight' response. 

Let yourself slip into the groove. Sound comforts when it's soft and rhythmic. And, brain activity gets tweaked for relaxation while you enjoy yourself.


  • Lazy walks in a quiet surrounding filled with nature. Listen to your feet hit the ground. Soothe yourself by letting your eyes take in the bits and pieces of the greenery. Water, if it's present. The absorption distracts from anxious thoughts and calms nerves. 

15-20 minutes gives yourself time to unwind. It isn't tiring, so you can do it every day. And, you'll notice a change. Lighter mood, clear and untroubled thinking.

For best effect,...

Walk at a speed where you can carry on a conversation. Talk quietly to yourself. Or, ask a friend to tag along for a gentle chat. If you gasp for air, slow down till breathing is effortless.


Repetition and patience will help you get the hang of relaxing on command. And, you'll be so much better at handling anxiety disorder. Imagine the feeling when demands don't phase you!


You'll need some will power to get started. Not a whole lot, but some.

What's harder is keeping at it. Yet, by repeating tactics that work for unwinding, you'll get out of the vicious cycle anxiety is known for. Patience will get you there.

What can push you to be keen on relaxing?

Remind yourself often how miserable you feel when signs of anxiety symptoms appear. And, you want it to stop.

If your confidence takes a beating, find out what anxiety treatment can use to get a boost. And, how it will help you plug on.


Feeling depressed ruins everything while dealing with anxiety disorders. Good sleep energizes so you can do what you love.

And, sometimes, you need a break. Quality of sleep is more important than how much you sleep. Depression medication can help you get better sleep.

Hungry To Thrive

Anxiety disorders can make one crave for relaxation so the feeling of 'freeze, fight or flight' goes away. Taking time to unwind does take patience and repetition. But, the great motivator can be how good you want to feel about doing what you can for yourself.

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