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3 easy ways to reduce your anxiety

movement, breathing and your senses

Anxiety is one of the super-fun symptoms of peri- and menopause

Changes in oestrogen and progesterone levels can impact the delicate balance of neurotransmitters (serotonin and noradrenaline), which affects your mental health and mood.

Even if you’ve never suffered from anxiety before, you may find yourself worrying, overthinking, feeling increasingly fearful and overwhelmed. 

When you feel anxiety, you feel the symptoms physically in your body

Racing heart

Pressure in your chest

Nausea

Shakey, trembling limbs

Difficulty sleeping/insomnia

Easily startled

Irritability and wanting to bite everyone’s head off

And as an added bonus, stress hormones may also increase the likelihood of other symptoms like hot flushes. Awesome!

BUT… there is a lot you can do to settle your nervous system yourself.

It’s simpler than you think. And fast.

I’ve helped hundreds of clients reduce their anxiety and calm their nervous system over the past six years.I like to give my clients techniques that they can learn to cope when I’m not there. 

In this ebook you’ll find my top three techniques for reducing the symptoms of anxiety fast:

 

  •   A subtle way to use your senses to calm yourself when you’re feeling anxious in public (and you don’t want anyone to know);
  • Simple grounding movements with your toes to get you back into your body (when you’ve mentally left the building!) – watch the free 2-min video; and       
  • An easy breathing technique to calm your nervous system and get you back into a state of ‘rest and digest’. Listen to the free audio and I’ll guide you through it.

Hi I’m Sarah Tuckett

Somatic psychotherapist, Counsellor, and dance movement therapist based in Brisbane. 

I help clients get their life back from the grips of anxiety, stress, trauma, and more through 1:1 sessions and group movement therapy. I’m 51 now and largely through menopause. But life hasn’t always been plain sailing for me.

I burnt out in my 30s from stress and anxiety. Twice.

Fearful of not pleasing others and of being ‘not good enough’, I did supposedly prestigious jobs that felt hollow and jarred with the real me. I studied continuously trying to prove my worth through academic achievement. I sought permission and opinions, instead of listening to my own voice. I cowered under the weight of my perfectionism. The chronic stress of living up to false standards of ‘success’ led to anxiety and caused me to burn out. Twice. 

In my mid-late 40s I went through perimenopause

Except I didn’t know what it was perimenopause… Irritability, exhaustion, anxiety, foggy-headed, disturbed sleep and later the delightful night sweats. And on top of that I felt my identity changing through weight gain and fear of suddenly being seen as ‘old’, unattractive and useless to society because I was no longer of breeding age.

I listened to my body

Thankfully I was able to apply all the knowledge I have from Somatic Psychotherapy, using all the tools and techniques I know to calm my nervous system so that I could focus at work, improve my sleep and enjoy my life.

I also had a fantastic therapist and a gang of awesome besties with whom I could openly talk about all the crazy changes during ‘reverse puberty’.

Now it’s my time to help you

I want to show three simple techniques that you can use to down-regulate (settle) your nervous system so that you feel calmer, more clear-headed, and more relaxed in your body.

Less like Medusa and a little bit more yourself again. 

Try these 3 simple techniques to soothe your nervous system

 

Movement, breathing and using your 5 senses

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