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Why Cue word for anxiety management should be 1 of the first things you do

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I’ve had more than a few good reasons to be in a panic the last few days and visualizing that the matter that needed to be dealt with on a combat basis would be taken care of by the Universe did not cut much ice, even though I know that it was working in the background. There were, I admit some very anxious moments and I am relieved that things are working out in the way they should have.

That made me think, I have a tool to manage moments of anxiety and help bridge from where I am to where I need to be while I wait for the results of my actions to bear fruit.

So this week, I’m sharing my cue word tool which when combined with simple breath work keeps panic at bay.

This is a short video that demonstrates the technique of cue controlled relaxation as part of anxiety management.  It’s so simple!

Give it a shot. It works for me and I KNOW it will work for you too.  Do remember to leave some comments on the technique down in the Comments Box!



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14 Responses to “Why Cue word for anxiety management should be 1 of the first things you do”

  1. Debra Jason says:

    Thanks for the tip. You’re right, like many things in life, it takes practice.

    I stopped, took a few breaths, said my word and then, got back to work! I’m guessing that I should do it either first thing in the morning or at the end of the day when I can really unwind.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      The Word is a great tool, Debra. Combined with the breath work, it can not only help to mitigate the anxiety attack but as you rightly indicated be useful at other times of the day too. I normally do Pranayam combined with the Gayatri Mantra first thing in the morning to energize myself. Thanks for visiting the blog!

  2. I haven’t taken on any practice like this. I know about them but like many things I know about just don’t do them.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Knowledge about techniques for self-esteem and stress management are useful, May you never need to use them, Roslyn. 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    Hi Vatsala, first I would like to say, what a great video, it is so fun to hear your voice, it is so calm and soothing.
    Love this idea and I will be adding it to my stress reduction tool kit..can’t have too many tools there. I like this and will practice
    Thank you!!

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Thank you for the compliment, Lisa. I appreciate you!

      One can never have enough tools in a stress reduction toolkit. Depending on the context of the stress trigger some tools may not provide immediate relief while others can. Glad to have added one more to your toolbox. 🙂

  4. Because time always seem to be my challenge, I’ve learned to say “There is enough time to do everything that need to be done.” Sometimes it works. 🙂 Recently my massage therapist suggested I try a technique her yogi suggested. Place your right hand on your heart with the side of the palm touching your chest and say “I Beverley, am calm”. When I remember to do it…it works. Thanks for the reminder, Vatsala and the tips on combining breathing with a cue word, or in my case a cue phrase.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      I like the technique your massage therapist suggested. I often tap my heart area gently and affirm the positive form of whatever is bothering me at the moment. Tapping is also a good way to manage stress and get back perspective on a situation that seems outside of our control. Thanks for sharing, Beverley.

  5. Tamuria says:

    Lovely to hear your voice Vatsala! I went through a period where I had lost all confidence and found it hard to even leave the house. This wasn’t so practical when I had to pick up the kids from school. To give me the courage to leave the car and enter the school grounds I used to say “love, love, love” over and over and visualise it like a bubble protection around me. Worked every time and I still use that cue word when I’m feeling anxious.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Loosing one’s self-confidence especially when the normal nature of the person is that of confidence can be painful and stressful. I love your Cue word and the visualization, Tamuria. It’s lovely way to protect your aura and at the same time exude love to receive love.

  6. K. Lee Banks says:

    It’s ironic to read this today, because I was just talking to my daughter yesterday about adult ADHD. She was just diagnosed with it last year and I’m starting to wonder if I’ve got the same problem. Lately my mind has been racing and my anxiety level has been way up, so I sometimes have to talk out loud and tell myself to calm down and, like you said, just take deep breaths and focus on being calm.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Being under pressure or too much stress can make us forgetful and even anxious at times, Karen. Self-talk often helps to calm us down and definitely some deep breathing will help to calm us. If there is a history of ADHD in your family from your side, then you might consider getting the necessary tests done to confirm or get rid of your concern. Best of luck.

  7. Delia says:

    Great technique, Vatsala! I’ve been saying: everything’s fine and all is well, without thinking too much. I guess I should try one or the other plus the technique about exhaling when you say your word and see when I get the best results.

    This is so good, everyone is anxious from time to time so it’s so useful. I’ll teach my daughters too, thank you!

    • Karmic Ally says:

      I think you’ll find your words will help even more with the breathing exercise, Delia. We all have our moments of anxiety and a spot of deep breathing along with words we resonate with helps.

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