You may know the feeling.
Feeling as though you can't breathe.
Sweating all over your body.
Just really needing to escape the situation that you're in.
If you've experienced some or all of these sensations, then you definitely know what anxiety feels like. So, what is anxiety? Can it be cured?
Basically, it's fear. It's living in tension of something bad happening at any moment.
Anxiety can be a daily occurrence or it can only be triggered by certain situations such as flying, a doctor visit, needles, crowds, insects, animals, anything really.
Anxiety is a primitive ancestral trait.
It's basically a survival instinct that's passed down to you by your ancestors to help keep you alive. It's a deep deep part of your DNA, and it's there, basically, because it's useful.
You need some fear to survive life on earth or else.
Therefore, it should be there, and it will always be there in some form. It's kind of like having an alarm system on your house, right?
That alarm systems job is really to alert you to danger. But if that same alarm keeps going off every morning, every afternoon, every night, then it starts to disrupt your life because now you're always tired because you never sleep. And it starts disrupting your love life because it scares off every lover you bring to your house and you can't get the things done that you want to.
Now it's become a problem and it really needs to be put in its place.
Anxiety is kind of like that.
Anxiety is often increased or decreased with your thoughts. It's very real, that physical emotions, especially, like anxiety happen on their own.
Now, oftentimes these thoughts are unconscious and they run below the surface. So if we're not entirely certain of that, but if you don't take anything else away from this, I want you to remember that thoughts cause emotions and emotions cause physical sensations, and anxiety is increased or decreased with your thoughts.
Your body responds to the words and images in your head. So the next time your experiencing anxiety, try my TRU Method.
T – THOUGHTS. Ask, “What thoughts could be creating my experience right now?”
R – REAL. Ask, “Is what I’m afraid of real?” You may find that they are just not realistic, and that they have a very unlikely chance of actually happening. Or, if you think you can justify a likelihood of your thoughts actually happening, move onto the next question, which is…
U – USEFUL. Ask, “Are these thoughts useful?” The likely answer with anxiety-inducing thoughts is a big NO. If this is the case, the time is now to replace them with thoughts that are going to help you.
Fear is a natural part of life, but no one should suffer with it in excessive amounts. With repetition and awareness, anxiety can become manageable and not stop you from living life on your terms.
KESHA DENT, CERTIFIED HYPNOTIST
Kesha Dent is a certified hypnotist, certified RTT hypnotherapist, transformational coach and author of "Life Change Now: A 3-Step Guide to Manifesting What You Want Through the Magic of Being Who You Are". She helps professional adults to achieve life success, overcome anxiety, reignite their confidence and break out of their limitations to create a life of purpose, productivity and passion. You can find her at www.newworldcoaching.org .