So today I'm going to share with you my one free, easy and most effective technique to take back control when anxiety strikes.
Don't let that title put you off, I pride myself on bringing simple sense to complex things and I'm no neuroscientist so I'll write this in a way which makes sense to you and me.
But I hear yourself asking, why the hell do I need to know about neuroscience, just give me the technique...............understanding this is important........here's why:
Because once you understand it, it's not scary any more and when I share with you my technique it will then make complete sense as to why it works and why it's so effective. Understanding squashes fear, and fear fuels anxiety. Without the fear, anxiety doesn't exist.
OK so here we go............in its simplest form we feel an emotion/thought and it triggers our brain. Signals are then sent via hormones and chemicals to tell our bodies what it needs to do. Those signals are sent to your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) which is responsible for regulating your organs and it switches certain things on (Sympathetic Nervous System) and other things off (Parasympathetic Nervous System).
We all absorb the world through our senses so when we see/hear/feel something as being a 'danger' our brain and body automatically responds. It prepares us to fight, flight or freeze. Here's just some of the symptoms of that preparation:
These are just a few examples, you can read more in this blog I wrote about Anxiety because there are lots more.
When this process is triggered in a situation which is not really what it's designed for we call it Anxiety.
Your body is preparing you to fight/flight/freeze from a tiger and you're sat in a chair, stood on a pavement or in a crowd or waiting to give a speech.
So what's my one, amazing, easy and free technique??
Here's my free easy and effective Anxiety technique.
The next time you feel your heart start to race. Right at the beginning when your head starts to swarm and you feel a little sweaty do this.........
A few tips to make it even better
- You can keep your eyes open or closed, it doesn't matter.
- Use all your senses, whatever you like to make that breath the best it can be, you might like colours, temperatures, shapes, soothing feelings. If it helps, great.......do that!!!
- Do it for as long as you need but often even just a few of these breaths can restore calm.
Why does this work?
Breathing like this balances your ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) and takes back control of all of those organs. Once you do that the hormones and chemicals stop getting pumped out and your brain can return to it's normal state. This technique also takes your focus completely away from being anxious. Anxiety starts in the head, this changes your focus to being in your body and doing something productive rather than letting the thoughts and feelings escalate.
Many of my clients have found that this techinque gives them back control and instead of Anxiety controlling them, they finally get control over it. Give it a try.
Interested in knowing more about how your brain works and more techniques for overcoming Anxiety I've put together these free videos to give you more help, watch them here.
You are not broken!!! Anxiety is normal
So throw away your thoughts that you are somehow broken or stupid. Your body and brain is doing what it's designed to do, just not doing it very effectively. Try this easy, free and effective technique and start taking back control.
Let me know how you get on in the comments below.
Until next time