Trauma, anxiety and addiction can go hand in hand. In this episode of “Woman Worriers,” Annapolis-based therapist Elizabeth Cush talks with Robert Cox, of Life Recovery Consulting, about his own experiences with these issues and insights into how mindfulness can help manage the anxiety and ease the cravings.
Our brains are hard-wired for vigilance. It’s a survival tool that can also cause us problems, especially if we have experienced any kind of trauma. In this episode of Woman Worriers, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Robert Cox about the links between trauma, anxiety and addiction. A licensed professional counselor and author, Cox talks from personal and professional experience about how mindfulness techniques can help manage anxiety, reduce cravings and support healing.
Listen and learn:
- Trauma with a capital “T,” trauma with a small “t” — and why they both matter
- Why substances become a go-to coping mechanism for anxiety
- How trauma triggers anxiety
- How chronic anxiety affects the brain and body
- Why it can be hard to move past feeling anxious
- The roles of genetics and environment
- Why mindfulness works so well to manage anxiety
- How to “embrace the suck” to become more resilient
- The easiest way to start practicing mindfulness
- Free Insight Timer meditation app
- VIDEO: Dr. Peter Levine demonstrates how trauma sticks to the body
- Scientific American article, “Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Have Altered Stress Hormones”
- VIDEO: Robert Cox presents “Overcoming Anxiety & Depression: A Mindful Approach”
- Progression Counseling
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Elizabeth Cush, LCPC is a therapist and the owner of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md. She helps busy, overwhelmed men and women manage their anxiety and stress so they can live their lives with more ease, contentment and purpose. If you'd like to know more about how individual and group therapy can help ease anxiety and stress call me 410-339-1979.