Anxiety disorder treatment means dealing with worrying that creates stress, and stress is a health risk as blood pressure may rise, causing sleepless nights and affects on digestion, immunity. But worry isn’t all bad – the ability to be aware of possible dangers and prepare for them has been a crucial factor in the development and survival of Mankind.
How to get the balance right between good and bad projections or between resilience on the one hand and generalised anxiety on the other is what my anxiety disorder treatment is aiming to do.
Thousands of years ago worrying ensured our survival. Humans were the feeblest, slowest, most poorly protected food around.
And how did we do that? By worrying! Or put another way; using our thinking ability to explore every possibility before putting ourselves at risk. Possibilities like “There could be a tiger in there”, had to be checked out first! These days few situations threaten our physical survival, but we still behave as if there are many. Most of us face many potentially worry-provoking situations every day and if we avoided them all, we’d get nowhere fast.
Two universal truths of all predictions of the future
One is that it will be wrong
Not in every detail necessarily (though it easily could be) but in the bigger complete picture. Important detail that will likely make all the difference but which you just will not be thinking about – will be missing. For example, what will the weather be like, what will be the time of the year, who else was there and who might not be there that you have presumed will be. What might have happened the previous day.
Get the picture. Any and every projection is like a thin beam of light over a dark but broad landscape – which misses all of the interesting detail. There will be no realisation that if there was light and you see out there properly, then you would see a vast landscape which would reveal an infinite number of rich and detailed future possibilities.
The second is that the projection you do make will depend on how you are feeling now and not then
The projection will not be based on how you might be feeling at the time that something like this projection of yours might happen.
So unless there is action that you can take right now which might mitigate and confront the legitimate concern that the projection is attempting to help you with … then it really is not worth it.
Make worrying constructive – learn how to ‘worry well’
Take time to think over all your worries, dilemmas and problems. Set aside half an hour for worrying during the day. When you find yourself worrying at any other time, note the worry down and keep it for later. Once you write down your worries, you can be more objective, and ‘leave them alone’ for a while. Try using the following template:
- ”I am worried about…”
- “The worst that could happen is…”
- “The best that could happen is…”
- “Things I can do now are…”
- “Other factors to remember”.
Also realise that tiredness, hunger, anxiety and other ‘low’ mood states can lead to your thoughts becoming more doom-laden. So worry after you’ve eaten, in the morning after a good sleep, or best of all, after 20 minutes exercise.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Trance work to de-traumatise is potentially important for generalised anxiety but may require some investigation to discover what it is. And sometimes a virtual REWIND is needed – to confront and release in a state of deep relaxation a fear that seems real enough but has arisen from a projection that then gets out of control.
Building that better relationship with anxiety is normally the most important element of healing. Indeed the relationship with the fear/anxiety can be very unhealthy.
- Go to the two truths about all projections.
- Learn how to worry well
- Understand what is meant by the Observing self
- Work with and adapt AWARE
Accept the Anxiety
Decide to be with the experience. Replace anger or rejection of with acceptance
Watch the Anxiety
Observe without judging – be detached and study it. Rate it from 1 to 10 and notice when it goes up or down and why. Remember you are not your anxiety – be in it but not of it.
Act with the anxiety
Keep behaving normally and doing what you intend to do. If you run your future anxiety will go up. If you stay you will decondition the anxiety.
Repeat the Steps
Continue accepting your anxiety, watching it and acting with it until it goes down to comfortable level.
Expect the Best
What you fear most may not happen. Surprise yourself by the effective way you handle it
New thinking, relaxation help and visualisations, becomes part and parcel of the healing. The key point is that there are no hard and fast rules.
Action to get needs met is often necessary as most highly anxious clients find that their life is not working which feeds their worrying. In fact you can at times say much more than that – get control of their life in some key way and the anxiety and worry will fade.