Medically, we are all aware of the implications of anxiety. It has several adverse effects that way of reducing anxiety is concern to many. NLP to the rescue. Before we delve into different NLP methods of overcoming anxiety, you must first understand that your conscious mind did not create your anxiety, but your subconscious mind did. So therefore an appropriate NLP technique can penetrate your subconscious mind to eliminate this anxiety. Also, anxiety is one of the many states one can decide to be in.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotional state described in three ways; Firstly, acute anxiety attacks, which is characterised by symptoms such as sweating, difficult breathing, heart pounding, nausea, dizziness, chest and abdominal pain, and extreme fear. Secondly, prolonged anxiety, characterised by symptoms such as fatigue, being unable to sleep, irritable, feeling restless and muscular tension. Thirdly, In the attempt to overcome one of the above types of anxiety, many fall into another type of anxiety often characterised by symptoms such as violence, alcohol and drug use, eating disorders, and involuntary dissociation responses.
NLP Techniques to Overcome Anxiety.
Reframing how you view worry, stress and anxiety can help you with controlling anxiety much more effectively. It is important to note that without anxiety or stress, there would be no challenges in life which is a driving force to new heights or to achieve new goals.
You can convert stress and anxiety into stepping-stones to greater heights by simply reframing them into challenges.
- Focus on what you want
You think of the challenge you have to face, or of the event that is coming up and you think of all possible outcomes. When you worry you are mostly thinking of all the things that can go wrong and you unconsciously give less thought to positive outcomes. Thinking about theses negative outcomes is like experiencing them in reality.
Focus on the best and desired outcome that can happen or a range of such possible outcomes. This will help reduce or even eliminate anxiety. Tell yourself what you would like the event to turn out to, you can do this by writing down a description of that desired outcome. This will enable you read it out to yourself from time to time.
- Sorting for the future
In your mind, imagine that the experience had come and gone and you have got the best possible result you could have hoped for. Foresee the future where everything turned out to be fine. Engage your feelings to feel, see, and think out the best positive outcome. All negative and undesirable outcomes should be absent in your thoughts. Imagine the words that will be said to you and those you will say to others if the experience had turned out well.
Congratulate yourself after thinking back over the event that made you worried and how everything eventually turned out well in the end.
- Hand it over to higher powers
So many things are governed by outside forces such as coincidence and chance. To make yourself feel better, try hoping for the best outcome of any event or experience. You can “hand it over to higher powers” if you are unable to tackle the anxiety by hoping for the best.
whether you believe in karma, fate or you believe in an all powerful being, or even if you believe in none of the aforementioned, you can create or imagine a higher power capable of taking care of your need to worry and capable of managing your fate.
Imagine that this spirit, this being or fate, is looking down on you with understanding and sympathy. See the anxiety or worry of the event weighing you down like some heavy loads on your shoulders. Imagine the being now lifts away the heavy load and carries it on her own shoulders, taking responsibility of the undesirable outcome and weight of worry for you.
So therefore, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an important weapon in your fight against anxiety as it penetrates your subconscious mind to eliminate worry and anxiety.