Category: Anxiety

Have Hope! It is Possible to Overcome Anxiety

It is possible to live free from Anxiety, not just try to forget about or numb it for a while. The mind is changeable, and with the right tools we can come to feel much better, and even overcome Anxiety.
In two previous posts I talked about the Signs of Anxiety and the Habits of Anxiety. (Here are a few of the signs: Low self-confidence; Extreme tiredness; Flashbacks; Not being able to Sleep; Struggle to Focus; Extreme Fears; Irritability, and Over-analysing. The Four Habits are: 1, Running from what’s inside. 2, Avoidance 3, Numbing Anxious Feelings 4, Distraction)
In this post I will describe why some people develop Anxiety and how this is manifested in the brain. Based on this understanding I will also present the most effective methods to overcome Anxiety that I know of.

Anxiety arises from a part of the brain responsible to protect us. This part of the brain is known as the Amygdala, and it is one of oldest and most deeply rooted parts of the brain that humans share with animals like mice and fish. When the Amygdala perceives a threat, it will create emotions of fear, worry, tension or anger. These emotions will take over and run our entire system, such as other parts of the brain, regulation of hormones, nervous system and muscles. This reaction is very useful when there is an actual threat, like seeing a car swerving in front of us will quickly make us to step on the breaks. However, when we suffer Anxiety the Amygdala has become hyper-vigilant which puts us in a state of frequent stress and we end up living with constant uncontrollable, unpleasant feelings in situations that are not at all life threatening.

This hyper-vigilant state happens because the Amygdala remembers all unpleasant events that ever happens to us in life. Unprocessed and stacked upon each other, unpleasant experiences can cause a frequent or even chronic state of Anxiety. Just one traumatic experience is enough to create Anxiety in the form of a life-long phobia or PTSD. The Amygdala remembers unpleasant events to protect us, for the sake of our safety, so that we may avoid and not come to experience unpleasant events again. However, in cases of Anxiety the emotions the Amygdala creates are in themselves deeply unpleasant and can cause people to be held back tremendously in life.

The Amygdala is hardly responsive to any change through logic or will power – it will hold on to anxious feelings no matter what other advanced parts of the brain tells it to do. Many people therefor feel powerless to change or do anything about their Anxiety as they consciously cannot change what arises from this part of the brain. However, it turns out it is possible to rewire the Amygdala directly through our senses. The Amygdala is very sensitive to sensory input; it is one of the first parts of the brain that will respond to what our senses perceive (again, this is for the sake of our protection). When sensory input is carefully directed and aimed at an emotion held in the Amygdala, we can directly communicate to the Amygdala and ‘tell it’ what emotions are safe to let go of. When this is done a change occurs on the same level the Amygdala operates, in a language it understands. The release of unpleasant emotions within the Amygdala through aimed sensory input takes place at a very deep level in the brain, and the transformation is profound. It is a non-intrusive, gentle method and one of the most effective and powerful ways to release both Anxiety and Trauma – and it works.

When we are continually entangled in unpleasant feelings, it can seem like there is no way out, but we don’t have to live with it. We don’t have to be held back from life because of feelings. There is no need to live with uncontrollable Anxiety or be weighed down by a painful past. It takes so much energy to try to control unpleasant feelings with our conscious mind, and it can really tear on our confidence and self-esteem when we feel that we are in constant battle ourselves. It’s easy to come to believe there is something wrong with us, or that we are somehow broken. But no one with Anxiety is broken – they just have a hyper-vigilant Amygdala that is trying to cope.

Pretty much every feeling & thought that is out our conscious control, can be let go of if we know how. You can come to live with happiness and peace.

Take care of yourself and be hopeful. There is help out there.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Change: With the Right Help It’s Possible!

Be Aware of Them: The 4 Habits of Anxiety (I had them all)

In a previous post I talked about 25 Signs of Anxiety and how many people who suffer Anxiety don’t know it is Anxiety they suffer from.

In this post I will talk about the habits we often develop as a result of Anxiety, which can also help to identify Anxiety within oneself. These habits are natural in the presence of emotional pain. They are habits that temporarily relieve anxiety but that doesn’t serve us in the long run and often become unhealthy for our overall well-being. They are self-developed ‘Coping Mechanisms’ in the face of pain, but will often hold us back in life. As they are natural, it is important that we do not judge ourselves when we recognise in ourselves – most people who suffer Anxiety have them. Recoginsing these habits is important because it gives us the opportunity to look for other, constructive ways to overcome Anxiety. At the end of this post I will present such ways.

THE 4 HABITS OF ANXIETY:

1, Running from what’s inside.
This habit is common with ‘free-floating’ Anxiety, where there is an ever-present anxious feeling causing discomfort. When people with this type of Anxiety slow down, anxious feelings creeps up. This makes it very difficult to stop and to relax, so they keep themselves busy, all the time – running through life to avoid feelings of Anxiety. Despite keeping busy, there is often a sense of something lacking and dissatisfaction in life. Some people who run from what’s inside of them will go from relationship to relationship, or constantly move or change jobs. This rush into new external circumstances, environments and relationships does not fix the feeling inside and does not provide lasting relief.

2 Avoidance.
This is avoiding situations that causes Anxiety. Not going to social events or family gatherings because how uncomfortable they are. Avoiding applying for jobs because of fear of going for an interview. Never speaking up because the attention from others causes intense discomfort. Avoiding traveling because a fear of flying. Avoiding buses and public transport because the lack of easy access to a bathroom. Avoiding crowds of people. Avoiding phone calls. Avoiding anything that could cause confrontation. Avoiding effort and challenge in fear of failure. As evident from these different scenarios, avoidance can really hold people back from many areas in life.

3, Numbing anxious feelings.
This is a way to control feelings by overlapping them. Overeating or eating large amounts of sugar and carbohydrates might be one of the most common ways people numb feelings. Using alcohol or other substances is another. Others will seek ‘highs’ by gambling or risk taking which gives them an adrenaline rush which numbs feelings. Self-numbing activities often causes a feeling of guilt creating more inner discomfort. With the added layer of discomfort, the only way out some people know of is by numbing themselves even more. So they resort to the same self-numbing activity over and over. A side from the chemical component of substances, this is the reason self-numbing habits often become addictions.

4, Distraction.
During a Panic Attack, distraction is one of the only ways out. Distraction is in fact a well-recommend coping mechanism during panic attacks; it helps the mind to get away from the feeling of panic and focus onto something else – after about minute the Panic Attack passes. However, when we continually use distraction as a way to cope with anxiety it becomes a habit of avoidance without lasting resolve that we become dependent on. An example would be using our Smart Phone to distract our mind to avoid feeling the knot in our stomach or discomfort when we are left alone. Another would be always wearing headphones among other people as way to distract oneself from feeling Social Anxiety. The use of excessive amounts of entertainment or constantly being engaged on Social Media is an other common way people distract themselves. Distracting ourselves clutters the mind and makes us forget about Anxiety for a while, but it also creates brain fog, makes us unfocused and detaches us from life.

The four habits above offer short-term relief, but does not get rid of Anxiety. Many will have these habits but still struggle to manage symptoms such as extreme tiredness, insomnia, feeling overwhelmed and experience flashbacks. Physical symptoms of Anxiety such as feeling dizziness, being short of breath, chest pain or heart palpitations are also hard to control with these habits.

What these habits have in common is that they are strategies to try get away from Anxiety. The driving force is resistance. It’s only natural that there is resistance, because Anxiety is unpleasant and painful. By human nature we try to avoid pain. However, resistance creates tension, and instead of being able to process and release anxious feelings, resistance makes Anxiety stick around for longer. “What we resist persists” – this is a law of the mind declared by the psychologist Carl Jung considered an unshakable truth by most psychotherapists today.

It helps a to know that no feelings in and of themselves can hurt us. By owning our painful feelings and accepting them, we can, paradoxically, transform them and release them. Acceptance, however unfamiliar we might be to the idea of it, is one of the most powerful ways to heal from Anxiety. Accepting Anxiety can still be very difficult. If we have never done it, we might not know where to begin. This is when it helps to reach out to someone who won’t judge us. By experiencing another persons acceptance of our difficult emotions we can begin to transform and learn to accept ourselves as well.

Another way to come to come to accept ourselves is through the practice Mindfulness Meditation. In Mindfulness Meditation we simply observe our feelings and thoughts without any judgement. This type of Meditation could almost be said to be synonymous to self-acceptance, and has been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce feelings of Anxiety.

What help me overcome Anxiety was in part Mindfulness Meditation. But an even more effective method that helped me was an in-depth application of Tapping (sometimes referred to as Psycho-Sensory Techniques or Energy Psychology). This is a deceptively powerful and simple method that helped me uproot the cause of Anxiety on a subconscious level. I absolutely love this method and it is the one I use when I help people overcome Anxiety today.

Have hope! The mind is changeable, and with the right tools and support there are ways we can feel better. Many people with severe Anxiety have overcome it and live free from it today. It is possible to overcome Anxiety, not just forget about it for a while.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about Anxiety or the practice of Mindfulness Meditation or Tapping. I answer everyone who contacts me as soon as I am able to.

Change: With the Right Help It’s Possible!

I work in a different way to help overcome Anxiety and Trauma

When I first begin helping someone to overcome emotional problems, I like to use an analogy to illustrate how different it is from to traditional therapy and counseling.

In this analogy, I have tried, but I don’t know how to get rid of the weeds in my garden. Now I am both tired and frustrated, and decide to seek help from a gardener who is an expert on weeds. This expert invites me and ask me to sit down and talk about and describe the weeds I have problems with. As he is very knowledgeable on the subject, the weeds expert can help me to come to understand what type of weeds I have in my garden. He can also explain why the weeds are so unpleasant and why they are not gentle to touch. He reassures me that these weeds are common and a lot of people have them in their gardens. The weeds expert also teaches me ways to avoid the parts of my garden where weeds grow, and to focus on the beautiful plants and flowers in my garden instead. After some time, the weeds expert gives me a tool to cut down the weeds in size. However, he can never tell me how to get rid of the weeds completely. The weeds are still there, and if I am not vigilant and continually cutting them back, the weeds always grow back. In my persistent struggle to control the weeds, I find myself becoming dependent on the support on the weeds expert. After all, his advice is comforting and helps me a little bit. So I end up coming back to him, again and again, for quite a long time.

What I would do to help someone get rid of weeds is quite different. I simply remove the weeds along with the roots. Once a weed has been uprooted, it’s gone, and it will not grow back. After spending a short time clearing uncontrollable weeds in someone’s garden, it becomes very easy for this person to maintain a weed free, beautiful garden on their own. It’s very likely, that after I have helped them, that they will never have to avail of my weed clearing services again.

Now, let’s look at a more scientific explanation of how this analogy illustrates the way I help to get rid of deep-seated unpleasant feelings and emotions:

Fear, feelings of anxiety, and the majority of our unpleasant feelings, are all produced in a small area of the part of the brain called the amygdala. Beside creating these feelings, all emotionally intense events that happens in our lives is also remembered by the amygdala. This is one the oldest parts of the brain, which humans share with animals like mice and fish. The amygdala has developed over millions of years to protect us and keep us safe. The amygdala will react to sensory input – what we see, hear, feel and taste much faster than our more developed, logical thinking brain, the cortex, is able to. The fact is, the amygdala is so powerful and so fast, that it is virtually impossible to use our conscious thoughts to control the feelings it creates. This is why so many people who suffer anxiety and other mental afflictions find their feelings so unmanageable. People who suffer uncontrollable stress from trauma or unmanageable anxiety are not mad because they cannot control their feelings – nature and evolution has wired their brain this way.

Psycho-Sensory Techniques is a revolutionary group of therapy methods that can effectively change feelings of the amygdala. This is possible because these methods acknowledge that feelings and memories held in amygdala can be uprooted and overridden through new, specifically targeted, sensory input.

Here is an example of how Psycho-Sensory Techniques would work in action: Mary is a 42-year old stay-at-home mom who feels anxious at family gatherings or whenever she is in a big crowd. During these events, which she tries to avoid if she can, Mary begins to sweat uncontrollably, gets short of breath and feels a tight knot in her stomach. Mary doesn’t know why she feels this way in these situations and cannot control her feelings. By asking Mary to vividly imagine a situation when her anxious feelings would normally show up and any memories associated to it, and immediately following this, ask her to focus on different sensory points on the body while verbally affirming to herself that she is now safe – the anxious feelings created by her amygdala will gradually and quickly get reduced to nothing. After also addressing any nuances of her anxiety and similar memories, Mary’s amygdala will be rewired and not associate social situations with anxious feelings. The next time Mary find herself in a large crowd or at a family gathering, she will be completely free of anxiety.

Here is another example: John is a 29-year old electrician with uncontrollable, worried thoughts about his health and of getting sick. His worried thoughts will often keep him up at night, and several times he has believed that he has had cancer, only to have received a recent diagnosis that there absolutely nothing wrong with him. John admits that his worry is out of proportion, but he can still not stop his worried thoughts. By paying attention to his thoughts and noticing the anxious feelings they create, and then applying the process of Psycho-Sensory Techniques, the anxious thoughts John has about his health would come to an end. His thoughts will no longer be supported by anxiety and deeply rooted references arising from his amygdala. As a result, John will find both his thoughts and feelings becoming much more realistic, grounded and peaceful.

The methods of Psycho-Sensory Techniques are powerful and deceptively simple. If you want to try out one of these methods yourself, simply google:
“How to get rid of unpleasant feelings”.
The very top result, in every English-speaking country in the world, is a video where I demonstrate and guide the viewer in one of the methods I use when I help people.

Below the video you will find through Goolge, there are over one thousand comments from people thanking me and sharing how much this video helped them. It’s worth to notice that I helped all these people through this video without even knowing anything about their problem. What can be done in a private, one-to-one online session is far greater, and I recommend private sessions for anyone who has suffered issues relating to trauma or anxiety for more than three months. For the majority, compared traditional therapy the positive results through Psycho-Sensory Techniques will be noticed very quickly. People’s lives get completely transformed during these sessions, and many will say it is the best thing they have ever done for themselves. This includes me – I received help through these methods to overcome anxiety which I lived with for over twenty years. And this has been, without a doubt, one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

Don’t hesitate to reach out.
With the Right Help, Change is Possible!

Anxiety Disorder: The Most Common Mental Affliction in the World

Around 15 percent of all adults experience overwhelming and persistent feelings of anxiety; where nervousness, fear, phobias or panic has an adverse effect on their daily living.

People with excessive anxiety will often try to avoid situations that triggers them, or endure these situations with intense fear or anxiety. To live with this high level of fear or anxiety is in medical terms defined as living with Anxiety Disorder. Anxiety Disorder is the most common mental health problem in both Europe and United States, and a growing problem for people in the rest of the world as well.

One of the most effective ways to overcome Anxiety Disorder is the use of Psycho-Sensory Techniques; a group of therapeutic techniques that are among the only ones that can eliminate unpleasant feelings and trauma lodged in the amygdala-hippocampus area of the brain.

It can be hard to describe exactly how Psycho-Sensory Techniques works. Instead of me trying to describe it in this post, please google:
“how to get rid of unpleasant feelings”
The top result when searching for this, is a YouTube video of me, demonstrating one of the methods that is part of Psycho-Sensory techniques.

Over one thousand comments on the page of the video bear witness of how others have been helped. I suggest taking some time to reading some of these comments as it is quite inspiring. And of course, follow along the video and see what it can do for you.

My video will help to relieve urgent anxious feelings, and anyone is obviously welcome to use it as many times as they like and need to. However, as Anxiety Disorder is often more complex it normally requires one-to-one guidance and in-depth work. I help people overcome Anxiety Disorder from all over the world via online sessions. Those I help are often astonished of the change it has brought to their life. Most notice straight away how well the methods I use work and are pleasantly surprised of the shift it brings to the way they feel. In most cases, not many sessions are required to become free the ailment.

I was looking for a long time for a way to change and overcome Anxiety Disorder myself, now that I found it, it is part of my life’s purpose to share it with others.

Take care of yourself, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help.

Change: With the Right Help It’s Possible!

How I Conquered Anxiety

When I was eight years old I developed chronic anxiety and an inner gnawing of emotional distress. Back then I felt a lot of fear and worried a lot about things out of my control. As I got older I would constantly overthink situations and often experienced waves of sadness and depression.

In my mid-twenties the anxiety was still there. This was a time when people would often call me a seeker. I understand why, as I was looking quite desperately for ways to find inner peace. Just in my twenties I saw half a dozen different counselors and psychotherapists. I went to support groups, spiritual workshops and meditation retreats. I went to fortune tellers and tried healing. I read what felt like hundreds of books on self-development, psychology and spiritual growth. Some of this helped, especially in coming to understand myself and other people, but nothing could get rid of my anxiety and emotional distress – I only learned of strategies to live with, and cope with it. The big difference came about a decade later, when I discovered what is generally refereed to as Psycho-Sensory Techniques.

The prefrontal cortex, the rational and most developed part of the brain, can learn to calm intense feelings but cannot stop the initial surge of emotions that arise in the deeper parts of the brain – the amygdala. The amygdala, along with the hippocampus, form a small part of the brain in centre of the temporal lobe responsible for remembering trauma and emotionally unpleasant experiences. Imprints and memories stored in this part of the brain has a subconscious, direct affect our day-to-day feelings, thoughts and self-image which is out of our control. It is here, within the amygdala-hippocampus area where anxiety, depression and emotional distress are rooted. Psycho-Sensory Techniques is a group of therapeutic techniques that are among the only methods that can completely uproot trauma and unpleasant feelings manifested in this part of the brain – it was one of these methods that finally helped me.

After a few sessions with Psycho-Sensory Techniques I experienced a complete transformation: it completely cleared the original feelings which my anxiety was rooted in and got rid of my fears, worries and overthinking. Not only did I feel a lot more peaceful and happy, but after years of searching and trying to find ways to feel better I was absolutely amazed to have found something that was so effective to help me change on such a deep and profound level!

Today I am a Professional Therapist specialist in Anxiety and Trauma, and since I discovered Psycho-Sensory Techniques I have helped thousands to release unpleasant memories and feelings using the same methods that helped me. I am from Sweden originally but now live in and work from Dublin, Ireland. However, thanks to how effective Psycho-Sensory Technique is to apply via online sessions, most people I help are international clients from all over the world. Those I help are often astonished of the change it has brought to their life, most notice straight away how well Psycho-Sensory Techniques work and are pleasantly surprised of the shift it can bring to unpleasant feelings, anxiety and trauma.

I was looking for a long time for a way to change, now that I found it, it is part of my life’s purpose to share it with others.

Take care of yourself, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help.

Change: With the Right Help It’s Possible!

Living Years With Anxiety – This is What I Wish I Knew

Some spend years living with anxiety without knowing they do, much less knowing that there is help available to overcome it.

Rather than calling it anxiety, many people simply notice that they have unpleasant feelings and there are certain areas in life where they don’t feel at ease. These are some feelings and experiences common for those living with anxiety:
- The feeling of not quite being in the moment, always feeling like there's something not quite right.
- Being consumed by the past and replaying mistakes over and over in the head and beating oneself up about it. 
- Constantly fearing the worst scenario in every situation.
- The feeling of nervousness and worry at night, being kept up thinking for hours without being able to get thoughts out of the head. 
- Fear of death and disaster. 
- Experience of panic when least expected - not seeing it coming or understanding why. 
- Incessant chatter in the head, and not being able to stop it.
- Canceling events at the last moment, out of fear of interacting and talking to other people. 
- Getting no pleasure in doing things one used to love. 
- Looking for short term fixes to feel better, then to regretting it.
- Constantly putting off pursuits and dreams, thinking that “one day I will do it” but finding that that day never arrives.

Some also experience physical symptoms of anxiety such as: palpitations; shaking or trembling; excessive sweating; chest pain or tightness; constantly needing to empty the bladder in pressured situations; nausea; headaches and back pain; constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); numbness or tingling sensations and insomnia.

Many who live with anxiety will put on a face to hide what they really feel from other people. This often fuels the experience of loneliness which adds to the suffering. The paradox is that anxiety is one of the most common mental afflictions in the western world. So even though someone with anxiety might feel alone, he or she are certainly not the only one experiencing it.

My anxiety started when I was around eight years old when I first developed a great fear of death and dying. Soon after I began carrying an angst that bordered to rage. I was constantly overthinking situations and became good at not showing others how I was feeling. Holding a lot of nervous tension in my body, my anxiety would often manifest as both headaches and stomach aches. I lived with anxiety well over two decades during which time I was always drawn, more or less subconsciously, to psychology and alternative therapies in search of relief and freedom from my inner pain. I became a seeker – looking for a way out.

When I finally found relief from anxiety, it was bewilderingly fast. It was Psycho-Sensory Techniques and a clear scientific understanding of how trauma and anxiety is lodged and released from the Amygdala-Hippocampus of the brain that gave me my recovery. My life is very different today, I am free of angst, inner pressure and constant worried thoughts. I am a lot happier and life is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a bit like having woken up to a bright, sunny day after having spent years in cloudy darkness. Every day, I feel grateful for the relief.

There is great hope of freedom from anxiety for those who live it. The first step is to know that help is available and there are very effective methods to relieve it. A great method anyone can do to lessen the intensity of day-to-day anxiety is a simple breathing experience. Read how to do this exercise before doing it, and notice any feelings of anxiety. After the exercise, notice how different it feels: 
Take four, slow, deep breaths, and count for each breath you take. So, for the first breath, count “one”. Second breath, count “Two”, and so on for each breath. After this, take an even deeper breath and count to four as you breathe all the way in, then hold your breath for just a moment, then breath out and count to four again. Pay attention to how different you feel before and after.

The above exercise is a coping technique to lessen the feeling of anxiety. What helped me was more than a coping technique, as it got rid of my anxiety on the level of where it was rooted. Today, I am a Professional Therapist specialist in Anxiety and Trauma, and since I discovered Psycho-Sensory Techniques I have helped thousands to release unpleasant memories and feelings using the same methods that helped me. I was looking for a long time for a way to change, now that I found it, it is part of my life's purpose to share it with others.

Take care of yourself, and don't hesitate to reach out if you need help.

Change: With the Right Help It’s Possible!

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