Being anxious is part of our natural human state. We all need a certain level of psychological and emotional arousal to be both alert to dangers, and to motivate us into action that could ensure our survival. However, in modern times we don’t have the same threats to life as our primitive ancestors did, and yet we are still primed to respond to our present-day threats—whether real or imagined—as if they were potentially life-threatening.
Being anxious activates a part of your brain, that with prolonged activation, remains over-aroused. It can then be very diﬃcult to calm down the mind and body. In such an emotional state, self-help books, aﬃrmations and positive messages on your fridge magnets will have no eﬀect upon you whatsoever. The body must first be calmed down before the emotional – or limbic – part of the brain can allow itself to be regulated and soothed. The ﬁrst step involves emotional regulation, as we learn to first soothe and rebalance our physical, and then our emotional state. We also need information, and the understanding of how this links into our own life experiences; and then we need the essential skills-training. We can then finally see the tangible and ongoing changes we desire.
The way in which you ‘talk-to-yourself’ in your own inner world greatly aﬀects not just your moods but the life you then create for yourself. You are what you think (and consume). It is therefore vital to learn how to change these negative internal comments and dialogues.
Accumulated anxiety ﬁnds many outlets such as in obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviours; in panic attacks; and in phobias. We may also adopt certain behaviours which we think or hope will help us, such as self-harm, addictions, and problematic relationships with food. Anxiety, when out of our control takes over, and has the capacity to ruin the quality of, our lives. We therefore owe it to ourselves to take back control; to ﬁnd out the source(s) of our own anxiety, and most importantly to ﬁnd eﬀective treatments that don’t involve putting alien substances into our bodies—artiﬁcial chemicals which then give us the added burden and arousal of having to detoxify them from our bodies. Our own self-empowering knowledge and skills are crucial to a balanced and enjoyable life. There is plenty of research which now supports the eﬃcacy of methods such as visualisation, mindfulness, natural nutritional and herbal supplements, conscious breathing, and revising our unhelpful ways of thinking
Should you decide to buy this workshop module you will also learn about the many causes of anxiety, the types and levels of anxiety, and explore the anxiety in your own life as well as ﬁnding out several other important ways to regulate this state of emotion and to thereby live a calmer and more balanced life.
EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK ‘THE RIPPLE EFFECT’ PROCESS