4 Ways to Short Circuit Fear

You probably know this already, that anxiety is an interplay between 4 key parts of human experience - MIND, BODY, EMOTION and BEHAVIOUR.

HOW AVOIDANCE BEHAVIOUR CAN DEVELOP

Sometimes that physiological sense of impending dread or knot in the pit of your stomach, seems to communicate to you that intense anxiety is back. Other times it’s racing thoughts or feeling jumpy and on edge. Your behaviour then tends to change as a result of what's happening in your body, mind and with your emotions. You may cope by avoiding situations that you link with triggering anxiety. A totally understandable response.

YOUR BODY IS STANDARD DESIGN

At any point in this cycle, you can make great attempts to become practised at recognising that anxiety involves these four aspects of being a human being. Every person in the world has the exact, same general biological design and nervous system. They would respond in similar ways to symptoms of anxiety, if they were faced with them for the very first time.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

You can learn all about the physiology of anxiety, the hormones released (cortisol and adrenaline) and how they set off a chain reaction of highly fearful thoughts, extreme emotion and intense bodily reactions. As I’ve said above, at any point in this cycle, you can adapt your response to anxiety by choosing to:


1. Accept the fear flash ie the adrenaline coursing through your body - it’s just a chemical reaction and it will pass.


2. When physically tensing up let you body go limp, loosen your jaw, let your arms flop down, focus on relaxing your legs and feet, your jaw and the rest of the muscles in you face, head and neck.


3. Use an affirmation such as ‘I am relaxing my body, come on fear do your worst’ or ‘I can and will get through this, I’ve been here many times before’ or ‘I am a great/ kind/nice/ empathetic/calm person, and I am getting better and better at accepting and overcoming anxiety.’


4. Avoid avoiding places or situations which you have identified as triggering anxiety -

RECOVERY LIES IN THE PLACES YOU FEAR THE MOST


How can you practise acceptance or embrace anxiety if you don’t practise doing this in places and situations that trigger you? It my seem counterintuitive to do so, yet I promise you that this is where the real progress is made.


Geraldine McGrath is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Teacher and founder of Embracing Anxiety for Women click here to join and get empowered, supported and daily wisdom.