A conversation with Tracey Elizabeth Downing about her Journey as and Artist and Art Therapist
I would like to be introduced as an Artist with a background in Art Psychotherapy who has learnt to navigate a chronic health condition through art making.
Where does Anxiety come from?
Anxiety is a primitive survival response deeply ingrained in our brain, resulting in three specific responses to danger: fight, flight, or freeze.
How to manage your Anxiety?
Anxiety is the basis and starting point of all mental disorders. Learning to manage it is essential to maintaining balance in your mental and emotional health.
To begin managing anxiety it is important to understand that it has four main components.
The importance of the Central Nervous System in the resolution of trauma and anxiety management
Anxiety is a primitive response of the body to an imminent danger which is deeply immersed in our unconscious, and which today does not fulfill the same function. Our limbic system has not changed in thousands of years and for this reason our body reacts to threat in exactly the same way. Learning to attend to and listen to our body's needs becomes essential when managing our thoughts, emotions and physical reactions.