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Anxiety as a Smoke Alarm Part 2

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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
This is part two of a talk on perceiving anxiety as a smoke alarm. If you haven't already, listen to part 1 first, to get the most out of this talk.
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47 reflections
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Daisy
Monday
There are many different ways to deactivate from an anxiety attack and I hope to put some of those new found techniques into practise next time I have an anxiety attack
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Mohsen
I must to feel safe in present time
And breathing is important to remember that anxiety and get powerful brain
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Tammy
Anxiety
Gives you steps to take when faced with anxiety. Will try it next time faced with anxiety.
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Jen
Steps
Remembering to breathe 4-5 deep breaths to reset my nervous system. Be mindful in the moment. Notice the room. Be present, not thinking what if. Ground your feet. Feel them connect with the floor.
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Lisa
Make It A Happy Day ☕️☀️
When you wake up each morning, you can choose to be happy or choose to be sad. Unless some catastrophe has occurred the night before, it is pretty much up to you. Tomorrow morning, when the sun shines through your windows, choose to make it a happy day. Namaste 🙏🏻
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Liz
I learned
I learned that I need to find ways to deactivate anxiety and even in anxiety I am fine
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Mia
I felt my body relax
As I looked around my house I felt my body’s tension decrease.
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Trish
Resetting your smoke alarm
This is pretty exciting stuff. I know for myself, I have not used techniques like these for an anxiety attack but I have for anger. And it really works. I’ll be passing these clips on to a dear friend with terrible debilitating anxiety and I will be excited to see if she uses them. The breath is what controls our whole nervous system. I had pretty explosive anger and started realizing when I was angry I was holding my breath. Just thinking about the experience my body gets tense. But breathing, learning to release that breath and then take slow deep breaths, usually within 3 breaths I was calmed down. Then once your emotions are back to normal you can deal with things in a more normal way without escalating the situation.
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Marie-Ange
Mindset
Our psychology and mindset have such a big impact on what happens in our lives it’s crazy.
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Emma
Anxiety part 2
Love it sounds like a really simple way of addressing sometimes a massive issue of what I always overthink and for it to be simplified has defused it abit in my head already defo gonna try it.
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Barb
Stopping for deep breaths
I think it’s always a good idea to try to be mindful of breathing, but never more so than when anxiety grabs us. Stopping, taking 4 or 5 big breaths really can, figuratively speaking, push the reset button for us.
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Cherish
Anxiety
Anxiety is a fight or flight mechanism that our bodies naturally do. It actually can be a good thing. Most people know when there isn’t any danger around to shut off anxiety. But for some people, myself included, do not know when to shut off anxiety. Anxiety also is living in the future. I have found myself many a time doing just that. It can be detrimental to your wellbeing and overall health. I listened to both Part 1 and Part 2 of Anxiety as a Smoke Alarm. In Part 1, Cassandra gives an analogy of anxiety as a smoke alarm. It is actually quite interesting to think of anxiety in that fashion. In Part 2, Cassandra suggest tools to diffuse anxiety when it arises; access the situation, breathe deeply, look around in your surroundings and get grounded. By doing these steps, my nervous system will reset itself and my mind will be back in the present moment, where I am free from anxiety. What a great Life Coaching session for anyone who has suffered from anxiety! Thank you, Cassandra! For those that haven’t listened to Part 1, I highly suggest you listen to that one first to get the most out of Part 2.
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Sasha
Breathing & grounding are 2 steps I can implement quickly if I’m feeling anxious
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Laura
Breath, take in environment so present, grounding
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Sarina
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Tina
I liked the tricks to calm down my anxiety and will be trying all of them!
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Breathe
Breath 4-5 deep smooth belly breaths wil completely reset the nervous system
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Dennis
My thoughts feelings and body sensations and emotions
I learnt that I can control anxiety and bring it under control by breathing exercises and mindfulness and relaxation and try to think more positive and more clearly
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Christian
This is amazing
The advice is really solid and it’s not only helping me with anxiety it’s also helping me a bit with life and developing peace of mind!
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Callie
Great podcast!
I loved the analogy of the smoke alarm. It really helped me to gain a deeper understanding of my own anxiety along with anxiety that other people around me could just as easily be going through.
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Franny
Smoke does not equal fire
Anxiety functions in a way that lets us know what we value most. What is important to us. Smoke does not always equal fire. Sometimes ... it is just a smoke alarm. I know how to deal with false alarms. I’ve put out plenty in the past. I’ve got this. Breathing. Seeing. Grounding. These tools bring us back to earth. Allow us to be present in the here and now. Tranquility. Calmness. Solitude.
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Dennis
Step 1
I learned that breathing is a good 1st step. Not just breathing but long deep breaths. Something I will practice moving forward.
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Regina
I just feel a lot of tense and stress within my body that I’ve endure majority of my life.
I learned to utilize different techniques on how to try being at ease with ways of breathing
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Erika
Techniques to calm anxiety
We are in control and focusing and grounding on the present can help us manage concerns or thoughts about the future. Assessing the danger, taking 4-5 belly breaths, looking at the room around us, and connecting our energetic anchor with the earth can help us to feel better and connect with the present and the stable, healing energy of the earth. I love the metaphor of letting our energetic anchor sink into the earth and plan to carry that with me when I feel like I could use some grounding.
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Alex
Fight or flight
Been a constant state for me. So much work to get to a more stable and calm point. Never realized how tough it exhausting it can be to live in this constant state.
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Kendall
Deactivate your anxiety
Stop and check to see if it a false alarm; Address danger if it is present Deactivate Breathe smooth and deep Shift your energy from flight or fight 4-5 deep breathes and you can reset your nervous system Look around you, take in your environment Be present Anxiety can be triggered by thoughts about the future Feel and become grounded Deactivate your anxiety when it goes off as a false alarm
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Gloria
Anxiety
I learned that I should stop and think if I’m immediate danger or not. If I’m not then i should try and calm myself down.
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Steph
Anxiety Part 2
I was reminded of various techniques for managing feelings of anxiety.
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Shen
Anxiety
I always feel like there is something wrong with me when it comes to my anxiety but I know I should always check to see if I’m in danger first thing.
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Dianne
Anxiety girl
I am the master of my own domain and can calm my anxiety when need be.
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Glenda
Snoke Alarm
I learned to stop and take a moment to aprise my situarion and often it isnt as bad as I imagined.
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Ditte
Smoke alarm
This confirmed how I can reset my nervous system. Very useful.
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Love
Breathe!
I didn’t realize I was holding my breath when talking about my feelings.
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Ann
The calming moment
We have to ground ourselves in order to regain control over the moment
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Dana
Really helpful
See your present and realize that you are not in danger. We are all very concerned about the future and with this meditation we can chill a little
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Damowal
Smoke alarm
I learned that an SOS to my anxiety moment can greatly heal what’s going on inside before it breaks out into a fire. I learned that after sos I should open my eyes and look around, noticing what’s around me and be present. Lastly I learned to be self ware and feel the ground, sun, air and what’s around me.
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Michelle
Deactivating anxiety
I learned ways I can turn off my internal smoke alarm. Simple but helpful.
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Lisa
The breath
Grounding in the breath, in the here and now. A lovely technique.
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Mara
Anxiety
Anxiety is a natural response to danger, but when there is no physical danger around there is no need to burden yourself with anxiety
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Martha
Deactivate
I leaned the breaths can really help. And once I breathe, let my anchor drop. My anchor is my Lord and Saviour. He will put me on solid ground.
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Martha
Deactivate
I learned the breaths will help. This I must put my anchor down. My anchor is my Lord and Savior. He will have me on solid ground.
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Brittany
Preparing for the day
An unrewarding work environment is what I go to daily. I find peace in what I can do myself. But interacting with others is necessary, and some just don’t know what they are doing. This lesson is a good metaphor. I like the relation of anxiety to a smoke alarm. This is a great tool, I’m glad I listened.
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Samantha
My favorite
These are solid techniques that I will use multiple times a day. It’s true; within 4 to 5 breaths, your system resets. I like envisioning the anchor as well.
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Amalia
I learned...
An "easy" 4 step process for deactivation of anxiety. I also learned the app doesn't like brief, one sentence synopses
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Maddie
Breathing
I use big deep breaths everyday to recenter myself and bring myself in to the here and now.
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Cole
Fire alarm 2
Being “grounded “ or present is a major factor when dealing with the “shit”
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Smoke alarm
I learned that it’s important to stay grounded. I’ll try these techniques.