All emotions have a thought pathway and a structure of how they are created mentally in our bodies. What causes anxiety is imagining a negative future scenario happening right up in your face in glorious technicolour.
If you’re really good at anxiety you might stack negative future scenarios on top of each other like this… “I’m running late for my family Christmas party, (picturing rushing around) and my mum is going to give me a lecture again, (picturing mums face and voice as she lectures) and god I hope my kids don’t run around and torture the dogs like they did last year,(imagining it happening) oh and I’ll probably get stuck talking to Aunt Mable, and eat too much, then I’ll never lose weight and be a fat whale on the beach this summer( imagining all that happening).
When you talk to yourself like this, picturing negative scenarios in your head, and your body doesn’t know the difference between an imagined event and a real one, so it starts running the stress hormones in your body as if you were actually under attack. Your body responds physiologically to this imagined threat with a real flight or fight response, increased heart rate, cortisol and adrenalin released, faster breathing, sweaty palms, etc. You can shift it via two ways, actively controlling your physiology through breath work, or consciously shifting the imagined scenes in your head.
It’s simpler than you think. Use these tips to shift your thinking and master your anxiety.
If you’re really stuck looping on a negative scene, use these NLP tricks.
Notice how you are representing the negative scene to yourself. Is it a colour scene right up in your face? Are you talking to yourself in a negative way? In a negative voice? What’s the tone?
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