• Myriame Lyons

Coping Tools for Anxiety

Anxiety is a tricky emotion. It's sticky and uncomfortable - causing a sense of overwhelm that can sometimes be paralyzing.

"Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illnesses, affecting one in ten Canadians."²

Anxiety is also twofold. On the one hand, it actually serves a purpose in our lives, and so it's normal to feel anxious from time to time. Anxiety is a natural response to stress. When there is a perceived threat (or danger) in our environment, anxiety is ignited to keep us as safe as possible. Anxiety as a stress response is normal in these situations. Our body instinctively knows how to protect itself, and therefore engages in the stress response (flight-fight-freeze response) to keep us safe. This is our nervous system's way of dealing with the perceived threat.

When being helpful, anxiety can help us stay focused on