Hi everyone. The last series of insights explained what anxiety conditions actually were. While this may have been very informative for my friends who either suffer themselves or have an interest in this area, it probably didn't really tell you anything you didn't already know. These insight probably only confirmed what you intuitively already knew. At the very least I hope there were some 'aha' moments. What you really want to know however is not 'what', but 'how'. You want to know 'how' to change, to heal. That's what the next series of insights is going to do. The 'how to change' part starts with understanding what you actually fear... The next few short lessons explains this.
In this lesson I explain that the sensations that you experience when in a highly anxious state, or even when experiencing panic attacks are the exact same response when in an excited state... the difference is in the interpretation. This is only a very short lesson, but very important all the same as it builds on the previous short lessons. If you are a sufferer of anxiety conditions, these next series of short lessons will be very useful to you as you build your knowledge and understanding of what's really going on, and what you really fear. The more you understand the truth about what's going on, the more likely it is that you will be willing to throw away all the bullshit beliefs that you are holding onto that's keeping you stuck and preventing you from doing what you have to do to be well again.
Hi everyone. In insight #19 I talked about how the sensations that you experienced during high anxiety and panic attacks are exactly the same sensations or response that you experience when you are in an excited state. This can be a fine line, and the difference comes down to nothing more than an interpretation in the moment. Insight #20 builds on this concept further by illustrating this fine line with an analogy involving two colleagues participating in a team building exercise - in this case, abseiling!! One colleague is nervous but up for the challenge, the other suffers from a phobia of heights. The same conditions, two different interpretation..... two very different experiences!
This short insight discusses Anticipatory Anxiety. In my own personal experience of suffering for 15 years back in the day, and also dealing with anxiety sufferers from all walks of life, suffering from all the various conditions (GAD, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks & phobias) over the last 10 years, it is safe to say that anticipatory anxiety is worse than facing the actual situation that you think you fear.
Yesterday I discussed Anticipatory Anxiety, and how worrying about being worried or worrying about and upcoming event can be worse than the thing you are worried about in the first place! This habitual pattern of thought can be a real party pooper!! The other destructive thought pattern is the art of overthinking, in which anxiety sufferers are really good at! We pay a heavy price for overthinking, it robs us of moving forward and doing things that we ought to be able to do, things that we used to be able to do, but now find too difficult to face. Check out this very short lesson where this little Otter illustrates overthinking perfectly :).
Todays insight discusses the current attitude of an anxiety sufferer, and how this attitude, along with all the associated bullshit beliefs that we hold onto keep you stuck in the perpetual cycle of doom and gloom.
In this short lesson I introduce the idea of how a non-resistant attitude is the only answer to ending your anxiety condition. If you are an anxiety condition, it is more than likely you are resisting your habitual anxious behaviour, fighting against it, monitoring your every thoughts, anticipating your anxiety, staying on high alert, relying on coping strategies like avoidance and medication, chastising ridiculing yourself when you let your anxiety and panic get the better of you. This resistant attitude is rocket fuel for anxiety and panic. The more you try to control, push aside and fight against your anxiety and panic, the stronger it gets. If a resistant attitude fuels the fire of anxiety, then a non-resistant is the fire extinguisher. This may be a hard pill to swallow for sufferers at first… the concept that a conscious present moment non-resistant attitude; in other words completely giving into and letting go of your anxious sensations and thoughts and being ok with not being ok (not giving a shit basically), is the only answer to ENDING suffering sounds all too easy and very counter intuitive to what you think you should be doing… especially when you have conditioned yourself to respond to your anxiety and panic with fear and resistance. This short lesson will explain a few things for you.
To my friends who suffer from anxiety conditions, I hope you are finding the lessons that I have been sharing over the last few weeks very informative and helpful. Maybe they even inspire you to take action. In this short insight, I discuss how you are YOUR best teacher... hmmmmm interesting... check it out.
Today's insight discusses the power the subconscious mind, more specifically the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind in the context of anxiety conditions... (watch the video for more)
This very short lesson builds on yesterday's discussion on the power of the subconscious mind in the context of anxiety sufferers, illustrating the connection between the conscious and subconscious mind through powerful analogies. These powerful analogies have been adapted from Joseph Murphy's book 'The Power Of The Subconscious Mind.'... (watch the video for more)