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Living with Anxiety

Living with Anxiety
It’s perhaps not surprising that more and more people are suffering from anxiety than ever before. We are bombarded with terror, scandal, destruction and doom every time we open a newspaper or put the news on.  This information goes into our minds as data and helps us to make sense of the world we are living in. Therein lies the problem. Most of the stuff we hear about doesn’t directly affect us and yet we end up worrying about it.  Even worrying about our own problems or the things we do have some control over really doesn’t serve any useful purpose either. Worrying solves nothing and can make us feel really bad. We can lie awake worrying about things that have happened in the past or even things that haven’t happened yet.  When our sleep starts to become affected then we feel even worse.
Personal Problems
There are always personal problems that people have to deal with too.  Maybe we fall out with someone we care about or become a victim of something unpleasant.  Even issues like bullying or harassment can take their toll on our mental health and can affect people of all ages.  As we go through life we pick up an assortment of behaviours and some of them really don’t help us in any way.

So, what’s the answer?
For some people it’s a visit to the GP and being prescribed anti-anxiety tablets.  These may be some form of SSRI, the same drugs that are prescribed to treat depression.  This medication may ease symptoms but the changes they make to the brain chemicals are not natural ones and there may be unpleasant side effects.

Other types of medication include Benzodiazapines (often referred to as tranquilisers).  These slow the whole nervous system down and can cause brain fog, blurred vision, confusion and memory problems.  In the short term they might be useful, particularly if you are suffering from panic attacks, but relying on these for a longer time may not be the best option, particularly as they can be highly addictive.

Natural Options  
There are many coping strategies that can help people who are suffering from anxiety and most rely on some form of relaxation.  The main antidote to anxiety is simply to stop thinking negative thoughts and start concentrating on positives instead.  I know that sounds easy, but anyone with anxiety will tell you how difficult that can be.   The reason it feels difficult is because the brain has switched into survival mode.
So, training our brains to slowly accept that, actually, everything will be alright and we don’t need to experience panic or anxiety is a step-by-step process which can happen naturally.  

Quicker Ways to Change

Sometimes the relaxation process is just too slow and takes too much effort.  This is where BWRT (BrainWorking Recursive Therapy) can help. It’s fast and effective – sometimes one session is all that is needed, and it can literally rewire the connections in the brain (the neural pathways) so that thoughts and feelings change immediately. Imagine if you have been harbouring very negative feelings or anxiety for a long time – they literally are the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning, and the last thing on your mind when you go to bed.  Each time you revisit the same old thoughts you are creating the equivalent of super highways in your brain – information will travel faster and more accurately, creating even more turmoil.  BWRT can change the route of those pathways, so that instead of leading to a destination which is unpleasant (the worry) it is diverted to somewhere else, a feeling of your own choosing (we can call it paradise!)

Why have therapy?

Life can become more and more limiting as we worry about so many more things that can go wrong, so it’s a good idea to get help sooner rather than later.  Taking responsibility for your own mental health is empowering as you recognise that medication may not be the answer – or may only be part of the solution.  When we are free from anxiety we gain a freedom and peace of mind which is absolutely priceless.

My Top Ten List

Alongside the therapy there are other ways that people can start feeling better.  Here is my top ten list, although not listed in order of importance:
  • Stop listening to bad news – either tv, radio, newspapers or generally
  • Don’t watch horror films
  • Think of three things to be grateful for every day
  • Be kind to yourself in words, thoughts and deeds
  • Practice mindfulness – when you notice you are thinking something negative bring yourself back to the moment and concentrate on the here and now
  • Watch comedy on the television
  • Take some exercise, even if it’s just a walk around the block
  • Practice smiling
  • Daydream about something nice, whether it is a past memory, something imaginary or something you can look forward to in the future.
  • Spend some positive time with friends
If you think BWRT could help you, please get in touch.

Vicky Tunaley

I am a solution focused hypnotherapist and BWRT practitioner based in Hinckley, Leicestershire. I help people with issues such as anxiety, depression, confidence and self esteem.

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