What do high functioning anxiety and your nervous system have in common ?

Retraining both the brain and nervous system is KEY.

Becoming aware of these habitual patterns, responses, and underlying beliefs can help you shift the ingrained tendencies.

Okay, so what exactly is the connection between High Functioning Anxiety and the Nervous System?

One hypothesis is that individuals struggling with high functioning anxiety often experience an overly activated system state.

Essentially, you are “stuck on” or living within the sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight) state more often than you are not.

This state often helps you produce, succeed, drive and maintain the high energy needed to function in your day-to-day.

This fight/flight is activated as the brain perceives a threat. The threat may be failure, embarrassment, judgment, avoiding feeling, not enough, etc.

This threat may have been established when you were a child. In other words, a belief system becomes internalized as a result of your experiences. You may have learned ” I am bever enough, UNLESS I achieve more, do more, produce more, please more, be more, etc.

This belief system can imprint in a way, your nervous system, thus creating a habitual pattern of how you ( and your nervous system) respond to your environment and/or threats.

This threat causes so much discomfort it pushes you into overdrive or into fight/flight mode. You are constantly mobilized and ready. Essentially your system is keeping you safe from these big emotions and beliefs.

👉🏼Overall takeaway here is building awareness as it relates to your tendencies and patterns. Your thought patterns, behavioral patterns, nervous system resonate patterns, etc.

👉🏼When we get attuned to our individual experience it can provide us insight and understanding. It can then lead us to know what slight shifts we can make to move to a more adaptive way of functioning.

Everything is not always as it seems. Please check in on the ones you love. 💙⁣

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