Tools from practical psychology to quiet the noise of anxiety

Written by Stephanie Jackson

Anxiety is a type of noise that shows up in our day-to-day life that stems from some type of past trauma.

The trauma can be so un-monumental that we can’t even identify the source of it.  Anxiety typically shows up as a trauma mindset, which afflicts our life with fear, or other negative emotions such as anger, doubt, guilt, shame, sadness, despair, jealousy, envy, frustration etc.

It ultimately holds us back in life by interfering with our ability to function and perform on a daily basis at work, in relationships, and with family. Eventually resulting in an overall dis-ease within our environmental interactions in our journey of life.

Over the years, I’ve come across practical tools from applied psychology as being the most effective in helping myself as well as clients overcome anxiety.  It boils down to:

  • taking an honest look in the mirror,
  • knowing the strengths and weaknesses within your personality dimensions,
  • self awareness,
  • self development,
  • mindset, and
  • self-worth.

Interesting right!  So it all seems to point to the SELF: self awareness and development and accepting the inner work process of releasing and dealing with the trauma and negative emotions that show up as interference in our life. There’s no one “fix it” technique and it always depends on our unique circumstance and story. Finally, it takes a commitment and decision to show up, follow through, and do the work.

As a coach, the basic role is to show up and be that guide, to offer the right tools which allows clients to most effectively overcome and release their trauma and anxiety.

Some of my go-to list of tools include:

  • Person-Centered therapy
  • CBT – Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • The 5 Love Languages
  • Personality assessments: Myers Briggs, DISC, True Colors
  • Gestalt therapy: the empty chair technique

What is your personality type?

Have you done the Myers Briggs, DISC Assessment, or True Colors test recently?

Even without doing the full Myers Briggs, try identifying what resonates with you from the chart below.

Can you identify yourself?

What about in relationships.  What characteristics do you resonate the most with in a romantic partner or in friendships?


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