An anxious brain is a solid, powerful brain, as anyone who has tried to rationalize themselves out of stress and anxiety will let you know. An anxious brain can outrun, outpower and outwit rationality and reasoning any day of the week. What if you may harness the durability and power of that fiercely protective brain and make use of it to work for you rather than against you?
Anxiety exists on a spectrum, and most of us experience it at some level. We would not be human if we did not. Anxiousness is a highly normal response from a solid, healthy brain that thinks there might be trouble about, and instantly responds by causing us much better, faster, better, more alert types of ourselves.
Like a worthwhile thing, though, too much is too much. When the mind is oversensitive to risk, it sets us on high alert even when there is no need to be. This is when stress and anxiety become intrusive and hard to live on with. It turns from the soothing security guard who turns up when needed to the crasher who steals the joy, tells stories about nameless dangerous things, and cozies up beside you so close it is hard to breathe, think and become
Why is anxiety so powerful?
Anxiety is there to keep us safe. It is a proactive approach to battle or flees so we can undertake risk. It is there to prevent us out of the way of trouble. Therefore, the signals it transmits need to be strong. 60 that those alerts are not always exact. Stress is instinctive and automated. It has been practicing its techniques for thousands of years. That is the thing about evolution – sometimes it works for all of us, at times it does make us vulnerable to anxiousness.
Panic was never designed to enter our way, but instead, to get us taken care of-of hazard. The area of the brain that drives anxiousness thinks it is doing the right thing. A lot more we struggle it, the harder it will work to persuade us that there’s danger and that we need to act.
So if fighting an anxious mind doesn’t work, what then?
We know that an anxious mind is a strong, powerful mind. Imagine if we could harness the power and power of this fiercely protective mind and use it to work for us instead of against us? As strong as a head can maintain its connection with anxiety, it can be equally strong in soothing it.
Anxiety might still arrive, but rather than appearing as the wolf at the entranceway and sending your fiercely defensive brain into stress, it can be greeted more in the form of, ‘Oh hey there – I understand you. Take a seat over there.’
We realize that over time, mindfulness works to construct and improve a brain against stress, but there are aspects of mindfulness that can be used amid panic to find calm. With practice, they can be called on at will to turn down the quantity on stressed thoughts and emotions, and some other symptoms that anxiety tends to keep company with.
But go gently …
Changing mindset will involve small, repeated steps. Each step builds on the one before it, and this takes time. That is okay, though – there’s no hurry. Remember, your mind is doing what it is doing for some time, and it will have a while to unlearn its behaviors.
Those habits have had reasonable for being there. Troubled thoughts and stressed emotions keep us alive. They put us on standby to deal with whatever gets in the way. It does take some convincing showing them that, the thing getting in the way, are them.
Don’t make an effort to do many of these strategies simultaneously.
Aiming to keep your hands on a wide variety of things will make your mind do the equivalent of throwing its hands in the air and walking away. Instead, choose one at a time and do it for a short while at the same time. Small steps, but important ones. If you try to do them all at once, there may be the risk of it feeling too much. When things seem difficult, it is okay to perform back to what’s familiar. Just how around this is to move carefully. Here’s how …
Dealing with Anxiety – Using the power of an anxious mind.
Anxiety is the power of the mind against the mind. That power is your greatest asset – and it’s an exceptional one. Now to claim it back so you can use it in a way that will build and strengthen you
1. Be present. Be where you are, not where your anxiety wants to take you.
Anxiety works by using a sturdy assortment of ‘what-ifs’ and ‘maybes’ to haul even the strongest, bravest head from a present-day that feels manageable and relaxed, to another that feels uncertain and intimidating. Experiment with being fully within as soon as. Anchor yourself by checking your senses. What does the simple truth is, feel, hear, tastes, know? Stick with what is happening, alternatively than what might happen. If this seems uncomfortable, put a time limit on it, suppose, two minutes to start with. Spend this time around the fully exceptional world as it is around you now.
Each time you do that, you will be strengthening your capacity to pull back from the anxious thoughts that take you from the security and safety of what your location is. Try to get into a regular practice each day, for however long you can – two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes – no matter. There’s no right amount, however the longer, the better. The crucial thing is to keep doing it. The mind strengthens and rewires with experience, and this is an experience that is so strengthening and healthy, your brain will love for it
Try: ‘Right now, I’m here and I’m safe. I see the sky. I feel the breeze against my skin. I hear my footsteps’