395. Expert Interview: Anxiety–Not What You Think
Susan Miner went from posing as a model to serving as a psychology professor and counselor. As an international supermodel, she graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Self, Bazaar and many more. Traveling around the world, she struggled with anxiety, insomnia, depression and a poor body image. She learned firsthand, that it’s our internal perspectives, spirituality, bodywork, and coping skills that govern how we feel, not our outer circumstances. Susan dedicated seven years in study and practice to heal herself, and for the past 15 years she has been helping clients and students naturally reduce their anxiety and increase their confidence. Currently, as president of Beauty From the Inside Out, Susan is a workshop facilitator, author, and counselor. Her book, “Beautiful Energy: Exercising to Reveal Your Inner Peace,” is available on her website and Amazon.
Reducing Your Anxiety - The Problem Is Not What You Think It Is.
At the core of all our problems, all our compulsions and all our internal challenges, is anxiety. Relieving anxiety is the core string that needs to be pulled that will affect all areas of our lives in a positive way. It’s anxiety of some sort that trips us up.
Why Is This Important?
Anxiety is a catch-all term for a whole family of negative emotions. I refer to anxiety as “her” because anxiety has her cousin, stress, her brother, fear, or her sister, worry. And there’s another anxiety family member, uncle nervousness. It doesn’t matter what we call these uneasy feelings. They all have the same outcome, which is a feeling of uneasiness. They all can lead us to a range of behaviors—overeating, drinking, using drugs, gambling, and many more—that not only mask the underlying problem, they add problems of their own. They all stem from living inside our heads and not listening to our bodies.
What Are the Key Lessons Learned Here?
Just as physical exercise increases the fitness of our bodies, there are methods we can practice to reduce anxiety. And just as there are many ways of increasing physical fitness—running, weight-lifting, yoga, swimming—there are many ways to get at the underlying causes of anxiety. The first step is to recognize that the problem you think you have is not the real problem. For example, you’re not hungry or thirsty or sexually aroused. You are looking for a way to relieve the underlying feelings of uneasiness. Youtube.com offers many resources, which may be found by searching for “emotional freedom techniques.”
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