When you think anxious thoughts your body goes through a process which humans have experienced since our earliest times. Did you know that the fight or flight response which humans and animals use (unconsciously) to respond to danger is behind the feelings and reactions we experience in anxiety? Anxiety is a normal response.
If that’s the case, if its normal for us to feel anxious, why does it affect us in such a negative and unhelpful way?
Well, whilst it is quite normal and acceptable to feel anxious appropriately, it isn’t helpful or considered acceptable for us to experience anxiety over longer periods of time and in response to things which are usually safe and un-harmful. In fact, if we remain in a state of anxiety for too long, not only does it feel uncomfortable and upsetting, it can actually be physically bad for us. If we remain in state of anxiety our body becomes over-run with naturally occurring chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol which are meant to stay in the body for only short periods of time.
When we find it hard to control thoughts and feelings of anxiety wouldn’t it be nice to know how to manage those or even be rid of them for good?
I can share some of the methods I use myself so that you can try these for yourself:
If your anxious thought comes in the form of an inner voice – turn the voice down in volume, move it as far away from you as possible, make it sing to a silly tune … now see how different it makes you feel.. It kind of loses its power doesn’t it?
If it comes as feeling then locate where the feeling is and move it outside of your body, if its a feeling that spins or moves, spin it or move it in a different way – see how different it feels now?
If you are interested in finding out how you can manage anxious thoughts and feelings, book onto our next workshop called Calm and Connected where my colleague Jo Malllinson and I will lead you on a journey of self discovery and help you learn a range of new and simple techniques to help you manage anxiety.
Tickets can be found on eventbrite by clicking here
If you would like more methods or are interested in learning more about anxiety, please contact me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on the contacts page of the website.