I assist many individuals in navigating anxiety in my therapy practice online and in my office in Victoria. Through my professional experience and personal journey of overcoming anxiety, I’ve come to understand it as a perception of fear within our subconscious mind. This fear often originates from past events or emotional experiences where we were unable to fully process our feelings. Consequently, it leads to beliefs that we are not safe or worthy, or good enough. This underlying belief manifests in various forms, such as feeling inadequate, lack of self esteem or confidence, or experiencing social anxiety, which limits our ability to engage fully with life.

Understanding Anxiety: The Perception of Fear

Anxiety often stems from a perception that life is not safe, preventing us from being our authentic selves or expressing our true feelings. This perception can result in self-limiting beliefs and discomfort in social situations, hindering personal growth and fulfillment.

Creating a Sense of Safety: A New Approach

To address anxiety effectively, we must cultivate a sense of safety within ourselves and our environment. By harnessing the power of the subconscious mind’s habitual nature, we can build confidence and resilience instead of allowing fear to dictate our actions.

Practical Steps to Build Safety

  1. Find Your Safe Space: Locate a comfortable and secure environment where you can practice without distractions. Ideally, choose a place you can access daily to establish a consistent routine.
  2. Practice Mindful Breathing: Sit comfortably and focus on your breath. Acknowledge that you are safe and free from immediate concerns. Take slow, deep breaths, allowing your body to relax fully. 
  3. Harness the Power of Breath: Our breathing patterns reflect our state of mind. By practicing calm and relaxed breathing, we signal to our subconscious that we are safe, promoting a sense of inner peace and security.
  4. Cultivate Consistency: Commit to practicing mindful breathing regularly for at least a month to establish it as a habit. Over time, this practice will become second nature, enabling you to access a calm state even in challenging situations.
  5. Gradual Progression: Use this meditative breathing practice to managing minor stressors before gradually tackling more intense emotions. With persistence, you’ll develop the ability to maintain composure even during panic attacks.


Mindful breathing is a powerful tool for managing anxiety and reclaiming control over our lives. By integrating this practice into our daily routine, we can cultivate a sense of safety and resilience, allowing us to navigate challenging situations with confidence and ease.

Think of your calm breathing practice as your lifeline during tough times. When life gets overwhelming, remember your peaceful practice space and take a moment to breathe slow and deeply. Connect with that sense of safety from your practice at home and let it ease your mind. This simple technique reminds you that even in chaos, you have the power to find peace. Keep practicing, and soon you’ll feel more in control, ready to face whatever comes your way with the confidence of a calmer state of mind. It is like working out, to build our muscles we must commit to regularly using them or they will fade, so regular practice with connecting to our breathing is needed to keep the muscles of awareness and the association of safe and calm strong.

Give it a try and commit to the journey of self-discovery and healing. Remember, small steps can lead to significant progress. Embrace each moment with openness and compassion, and may you find peace on your path to overcoming anxiety.

Wishing you a wonderful day,

Arne Pedersen
Mindfulness-based Hypnotherapist
Victoria, B.C.

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