M2L2 – Anxiety Levels

MODULE 2 : Brief Introduction

  • Taking Charge of Anxiety (approach, not avoid)
  • Anxiety levels
  • Tracking your symptoms/identifying your levels – using an example of anxiety occuring in the past week (or recente example that comes to mind) two worksheets – baseline level vs anxiety triggering example level
  • Biological vs Psychological symptoms
  • Imagined exposure

In Module 1 you found a proven topic for your online course. You also developed a name for your course that clearly conveys the value that your course brings to the table.‌‌​‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌​​‌‌‌​‍‌‌​​‌​​​‍‌‌​​‌​​​‍‌‌​‌‌‌‌‌

And in this module, Module 2, we’re going to build on what you already accomplished.‌‌​‌‌‌‌‌‍‌‌​​‌‌‌​‍‌‌​​‌​​​‍‌‌​​‌​​​‍‌‌​‌‌‌‌‌
Specifically, you’re going to build out your first beta course.
A beta course is like a beta version of software. It lets you gauge demand and work out some of the kinks before you launch your product in the world
And in the 4 lessons in Module 2 I’ll walk you through the entire step-by-step process.


There are three different pathways of anxiety. For simplicity, I will refer to them as “level 1” “level 2” and “level 3”

Level 1: Striated muscle anxiety
Anxiety that is experienced in the “striated muscles.” A lot of clients when experiencing these symptoms can recognize that it is due to anxiety

Signs that anxiety is in level 1

  • Muscle tension
  • Tension headache
  • Tight stomach
  • Chest pains
  • Other aches and pains
  • Increased heart beat
  • Sighing
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Shakiness
  • Exhaustion
  • Lump in throat

Level 2: Smooth muscle anxiety
Anxiety that is experienced in the “smooth” muscles (involuntary muscles often found in our internal organs and digestive system)

Signs of Level 2 anxiety:

  • Dry throat or mouth
  • Cold or shivering
  • Tingling
  • Surface heat
  • Dizziness
  • Migraine
  • IBS symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea or gas
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Rashes
  • Choking sensation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Impotence
  • Vaginal pain
  • Pressure on the eyes
  • Cold hands and fingers
  • Butterflies in the stomach
  • Nausea
  • Pins and needles
  • Blushing
  • Hot flushes and chills

Level 3: Cognitive perceptual disruption
When anxiety affects a person’s senses or ability to think

Signs of Level 3 anxiety:

  • Light headedness
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Temporary loss of reality testing or projection
  • Impulsive discharge
  • Losing track of thoughts
  • Losing concentration
  • Blacking out
  • Derealization (experiences different to reality regarding individuals or objects. Often described as unreal, dreamlike, foggy, lifeless or visually distorted).
  • Depersonalization (experiences different to reality or being an outside observer of one’s thoughts, feelings, sensations, body or actions)
  • Amnesia
  • Panic attacks
  • Visual, auditory, gustatotry (taste), olfactory (smell) or kinesthetic (touch) hallucinations