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As a therapist, I’d say this film is a delightful depiction of how our internal emotional team handles anxiety. Imagine a hyper-vigilant worrywart who sees danger in every homework assignment and social interaction. The existing emotions—Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear—must learn to coexist with this new, jittery addition. Through humor and heartfelt moments, the film shows that while Anxiety might seem like a party pooper, it's actually trying to keep Riley safe. It’s a brilliant, funny, and touching way to understand that even our most nerve-wracking feelings have a purpose and can be managed with a little bit of understanding and teamwork!

Meditating might not be a coping mechanism that we use in the moment of high anxiety, however, meditation can be an activity that we incorporate into our routine and decrease overall symptoms of anxiety! 

Insight Timer is a popular meditation app that offers a vast library of guided meditations, music tracks, and talks from mindfulness experts, all aimed at helping us manage anxiety, improve sleep, and enhance our overall well-being. And, it's free! (the basic version anyways, but I find that to be plenty!)

The vagus nerve plays a major role in controlling anxiety. Picture it as your body's chill-out button, running from your brain all the way down to your gut. When it's working well, you're regulated, relaxed! But when it's out of whack, it’s like your nervous system drank three espressos and is ready to freak out at the slightest stressor, like getting your belt loop stuck on the door handle. Activating the vagus nerve can help keep decrease symptoms of anxiety!

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