Coping with Anxiety
Practical Tools for Coping with Anxiety in Wolverhampton
Anxiety is a completely normal human response to ‘stressful’ or ‘dangerous’ situations which prepares our bodies to take ‘evasive’ action to avoid or minimise the threat we are confronted with. Physiologically our heart rate increases and our blood-stream is ‘flooded’ with Adrenalin so that our muscles can act to physically relocate ourselves away from the danger, or, at the very least, put up a damn good fight!
This reaction is known as the ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ response and is a ‘hard-wired’, unconscious response that evolved when we might have been ‘food’ for wild animals back in our ancestral history. As you can imagine, this was a very useful facet of evolution that helped us to survive as a species.
However, we are also capable of experiencing this automatic reaction when the danger is ‘imagined’ or we simply ‘perceive’ that something is a danger to us. In this case we might say that the anxiety is ‘inappropriate’.
Coping with Anxiety – Key Ideas
If you want to be better at coping with anxiety then there are a number of key points worth understanding:
- Anxiety won’t kill you – coping with anxiety means learning that you can tolerate the feelings, even if they are unpleasant
- Anxiety is your own, personal response to danger, or what you ‘believe’ represents danger
- Anxiety is a logical response to danger – but we all perceive danger in our own way
- Avoiding anxiety ‘makes’ you more anxious in what are known as ‘avoidance’ or ‘safety’ behaviours
- Coping with anxiety requires changing your beliefs about what is dangerous
- Anxiety is an ‘outcome’ of a thought or thoughts, either conscious or unconscious, not the ’cause’ of anything
- Most people are anxious about the idea of being anxious
Coping with Anxiety by Not Creating It
The most effective and sustainable way of coping with anxiety is by learning how to manage your thinking processes more effectively. The fact is that we ‘create’ the anxiety ‘response’ through cognitive, or ‘thinking’, processes based on what we believe is happening, or about to happen ‘to us’.
If, for example, you are off on your annual summer break and you believe that the plane you are about to board is going to crash into the sea killing all on-board, then it is 100% understandable, logical and appropriate that you become anxious. The problem is, that you’ve not even got on the plane yet and are just ‘imagining’ that your life is about to end in an aviation disaster. What you imagine is not actually ‘reality’ so you are ‘creating’ anxiety about an imaginary idea.
It is possible, although incredibly unlikely, that you will die on this plane, but its actually 11,000,000:1 against that you will! In fact you’ve got more chance of being killed by a meteorite at a very risky 700,000:1 but chances are you’re not getting too anxious about that.
So one of the key concepts for coping with anxiety is recognising that YOU are the architect of this feeling – its NOT simply happening to you, you are actually creating it! This is GOOD news because you can also learn how to un-create it (or simply not create it in the first place).
Coping with Anxiety by Thriving
We do not know of any better method of coping with anxiety than by following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform. Thrive provides a totally new way of dealing with ‘mental health problems’ that is not based on the medico-psychiatric-model of ‘disorders’ and ‘illnesses’. There is plenty of research indicating that ‘labelling’ people as ‘mentally ill’ not only causes additional problems, but also leads people to feeling ‘powerless’ when it comes to solving the problems associated with feelings of anxiety.
Read our post ‘psychiatric diagnosis, fact or fiction‘ to find out more.
The Thrive Programme for Coping with Anxiety
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your ability to cope with anxiety.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes so that you can begin coping with anxiety rather than avoiding it.
Watch the Thrive Video Below
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We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about coping with anxiety using the Thrive Programme.
During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss how Thrive works, why it is different and what’s involved.
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