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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!

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!

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