Today is the day where you can take the first step to improve your thoughts. With BWRT even long-standing issues can feel better.
How do you know if you are suffering from anxiety?
There are quite a few different symptoms. You probably won’t suffer all of these but a combination of a few. If you are experiencing these types of problems always consult your medical practitioner first to rule out any physical problems.
- Heart palpitations
- Feelings of panic
- Shortness of breath
- Churning stomach or IBS
- Disturbed sleep
- Negative thoughts
- Feelings of impending disaster or doom
- Chest pains
- A sense of restlessness
- Dry mouth
- Need for the toilet
- Hot flushes
BWRT can help reduce or remove the feelings of anxiety connected with certain situations, events or memories.
How do we become fearful?
It’s interesting how many things human beings can be frightened of. Our fears and phobias can be many and varied, including some things that many might consider relatively harmless. We know that most fear responses are learned behaviours and that fear and danger are two entirely different things.
Studies show that the only two things a new born baby has a startle reaction to are loud noises and falling. Babies aren’t born with phobias.
When we develop a fear or phobia our brains use every piece of information we have ever experienced in relation to the fearful situation. This will involve a kind of feedback loop that includes all our previous thoughts about that situation. It takes into account all our imaginings and ruminations too. We are also influenced by those around us so if we see somebody else showing fear we act in a similar manner because it makes us feel safer.
Let’s think of a pretend situation that could potentially happen. In this instance we will think of a spider. Maybe a spider dropped onto my arm or head from the branches of an overhanging tree or even from a ceiling. As it landed on me, it made me jump and caused a sudden fright. (If you find yourself shuddering or cringing at this thought right now then you will know your brain has done a good job! It’s actively searched through your personal memory banks to put this situation into a scary context for you).
The sudden surprise will create a strong neural pathway in the mind because it has been an event combined with emotion. This kind of memory will be filed as “important” in the brain’s filing system. It will therefore receive “top priority status”. I might now find myself thinking about it over and over again. Each time I re-live the moment I am strengthening the neural pathway. This is how obsessive thoughts and habits are created. Next time I see a spider, or even a tomato stalk or a piece of fluff or hair in the plug-hole, I will automatically start to feel the fear all over again.
How does BWRT help change the fear response? BWRT works by changing the neural pathways, so that the “go-to” scary memory is detraumatised. The memory will still be there but it won’t feel scary or threatening in any way. It will be demoted to a normal memory of little relevance or significance. When we find the right memories to work on with BWRT then we can literally get rid of fears and phobias very quickly.
Sometimes it might feel as if everything is wrong with the world or the circumstances of our lives. We can worry about the future and feel concern about things that haven’t even happened yet and, in fact, might never, ever happen at all.
Human beings have the amazing capacity to imagine. We can use our imaginations in empowering and constructive ways, such as when we think about how much fun we will have when we go on holiday next year, or we can imagine the worst possible things befalling us and get stuck in a negative loop.
In our own lives we can see instances where we have the choice – to either think positively about a situation or look for all the negative things. Positive thinking is perhaps one of the most important things we can do. It improves our health, our immune systems, and it keeps us looking and feeling younger too.
It’s also been proven that people who are positive are actually luckier. They notice opportunities and grasp everything life has to offer, not dwelling on the little upsets or even great tragedies of life, but being resilient and taking everything in their stride.
BWRT can help you overcome negative thinking so that excessive worrying can become a thing of the past.