National Anxiety Month

Written by Penny Payton
May 4, 2023

May is a busy month! Our schedule calls out these four things:

  • Family Wellness
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • National Anxiety
  • National Meditation

We here at Emotional Awareness Advocates have a great deal of experience covering all four! One key component of each is mindfulness. The ability to remain present in the moment and keep the conscious mind to the forefront has a lot to do with how well you know your subconscious mind.

The subconscious acts as a silent partner, processing a large majority of how our minds and bodies function. It’s what keeps us busy multitasking and gives us the ability to hear several conversations at once. But it also acts as a sentry that serves to protect us and send us running for our comfort zone when we are faced with emotions we are not able to manage.

In the midst of all we do in a day, when emotions are pushed to the side, the subconscious is triggered, first by anxiety and then into action. This is when mindfulness goes right out the window. Decades of combined worry and repressed emotions often make it impossible to clear the mind enough to connect deeply in meditation.

Two things can help with this. One is hypnotherapy which can provide a window into the subconscious and assist in healing trauma. Another is being dedicated to understanding your own emotions more fully. Setting a timer to review how you feel several times a day, or jotting down a note when you notice a feeling give us time to reflect and process and release at a later time. The more open we can be in paying attention to our feelings the more present we can remain. The more work we do to remove trauma the less the subconscious has to protect us.

The more we increase our own emotional self-awareness the more open our conversations can be with others, increasing our connections. Seeking out deeper emotional wellness as an individual is one of the strongest things you can do. Understanding why you feel the way you do is empowering. Understanding how you became who you are by looking at the past and addressing any repressed emotional wounds is life changing.

All of the dynamics in your life can be improved by navigating emotions properly. As we become stronger our empathy and compassion increases which has a direct impact on social emotional competency; our ability to better understand and interact with others. It may sound impossible that a persons world can change for the better just by increasing their emotional self-awareness but it’s absolutely the truth. As Awareness Advocates we see it in ourselves and those around us every single day. We invite you to join us in this movement.

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