Anxiety has a huge impact on resilience and on quality of life. And like other complex chronic conditions, an integrated approach is needed. There is no single magic bullet. Often, it’s hard to know what is working and what isn’t when you have anxiety or a related issue like toxic stress, sleep issues or problems relaxing. In our free app, you can find out how well you are doing now in terms of anxiety, based on your resilience assessment for the area of Calm and then get suggestions on what may help you. You can then track what steps and interventions you take ranging from taking a new supplement to trying a guided meditation and see what works for you.
We are all unique so it’s about finding the best set of interventions for you. For example, is your anxiety better on the days that you meditate for 5 minutes? How is your sleep related to your anxiety. Does it help to get off screens 2 hours before bed or use blue blocking tech? What about caffeine and alcohol intake? Are you taking CBD or cannabinoids and do they help you?
The Resilience Medicine App is a free tool developed over a decade of practice treating patients using a quality of life approach. It can help you track how you feel in the four main Resilience Medicine areas of mood, calm (stress/anxiety), energy, and mental clarity.
You can use the RM system to help the nervous system wind down and restore calm, promote calming neurotransmitters (eg. brain chemicals) like GABA and support the endocannabinoid system, which is also involved in regulating our stress response and anxiety levels. The first step is taking the RM assessment to see how you are doing in the key area of Calm, which relates directly to anxiety. You can also start using the app directly and add interventions such as cutting out caffeine or starting a guided meditation in the app to help anxiety levels and track how it’s going.
How Anxiety Relates to Your 4 Resilience Signatures
With her patients over +10 years, Dr Dani identified 4 key resilience signatures which assesses how someone feels and their quality of life. Then, based on the integrative medicine approach, wha combinations of interventions seem to work best for each area and person. These 4 key signatures are used to create an overall single Resilience Score or R Score which is another tool you can use to see how you are doing, feeling and reacting to things you try whether it is a meditation session, diet change or taking a new supplement or medicine. By identifying your unique resilience signatures using the assessment, you see where you are strong and where you are having the most challenge. Then you get a personalised wellbeing plan based on what you need most.
Your R Score allows you to accurately track your response to specific wellbeing interventions such as cannabis strains or different mindbody techniques. Often changes from new wellbeing habits take weeks and months to occur and only shows up in 1 resilience area initially but because all 4 areas are interconnected, they can over time affect other areas too. For example, you may cut out caffeine and notice your anxiety is lower, or your CALM is improved first. Next, however you may notice your energy levels improve too because you no longer have the caffeine high followed by the ‘crash’ and start sleeping better so you wake up more energised.
When it comes to anxiety specifically, this is how each of the 4 resilience signatures, or core areas can be affected:
Mood- Low mood and mood ups and downs are closely related to anxiety. When anxiety levels are high, it can affect how good you feel. When mood is negatively impacted by a physiological issue like chronic pain, this can also lead to more anxiety too. Tracking your mood journey can help get better control over anxiety and toxic stress levels too.
Energy-chronic anxiety leads to a ‘wound-up’ or on edge nervous system, which can eventually deplete energy. Worry and stress are known energy zappers too.
Clarity-when the brain is in an anxious state, clear thinking is difficult and sometimes, nearly impossible so improving mental clarity, focus and brainpower can result from lowering anxiety levels.
Calm-anxiety is most closely related to Calm, one of our core signatures. The nervous system’s ability to wind back down after a stressor. The RM approach to anxiety focuses on CALM first, since the effects then go on to positively impact the other 3 areas.