What Is Anxiety? Anxiety can be accompanied by symptoms like; nervousness, overwhelm, tightness, panic, tingling, sweating, weakness and others. It can be felt in different parts of the body, including the chest, stomach, throat and jaw.
No one deliberately decides to feel anxiety, it comes from your subconscious mind. It is an automatic reaction, that happens beyond conscious control. This means you cannot simply ‘will anxiety away’.
Do you get anxiety when you experience any of these situations? Do you feel anxious when something is incomplete? Socially when you think people are looking at you? Feeling like you are not enough? Fear of conflict? Worry constantly about family? Stuck with an irrational fear?
There Are Things That Can Reduce Your Anxiety:
- Develop social strategies that make you feel comfortable.
- Express your feelings; either to people, by writing, or through art.
- Examine the meaning of your anxiety – what is it trying to teach you?
- Spend time ‘getting grounded’, by being in nature and yoga.
Things Not To Do: (May Increase Anxiety)
- Beating yourself up for not being perfect.
- Focusing on worry, imagining the worst possible outcome.
- Drinking excessive alcohol, coffee and smoking cigarettes.
- Skipping breakfast and having inconsistent meal times.
Case Study 1) I consulted with a lady who was worried about her daughter going overseas. There was some risk in the trip, but not too different from any other country. She would worry for about 1 hour every day. I asked her, “why isn’t the worry for 2 hours per day or just 10 minutes per day, could she purposefully do worry less”?
We found the intention of her worry, was showing that she cared for her family. I asked, “could you show you care for your daughter even more, by showing her love and encouragement”? Once the lady saw the intention of worry, was showing care for family, she can now display this in a better, more purposeful way.
Case Study 2) I offer sessions online via phone and Skype. One gentleman had been anxious for 3 years about his financial situation. The more anxious he felt, the more he ignored the problem by drinking alcohol. I advised that he take control of his financial mess.
*Anxiety and procrastination feed off each other. Perspective and action are the remedy.
Within a few weeks of making phone calls and taking action, he had stopped drinking (escapism), is regularly exercising, has lost several kilos and has got his financial house accounted for. When working with ongoing anxiety, it is wise to address the problem directly.
A person experiencing anxiety will have their mind too focused on something they perceive to be negative or bad.
Use the following Power Questions to change your focus back to growth and solutions: They can be used for any anxious situation.
1. What is great about this problem?
2. How can I learn from this?
3. What new opportunities are available to me now?
4. Am I focusing on problems or solutions?
5. What would love do now?
Jeremy Walker’s background is in Hypnotherapy. He created the WARP (Walker Addiction Removal Process) and is located in Brisbane QLD. Confidential appointments are available for quitting smoking, weight loss and anxiety related issues. Jeremy enjoys nothing more than seeing others make a positive shift!
Book a free 30 minute consultation to get your anxiety back under control. https://bookeo.com/inspirehypnotherapy