- Coping With And Overcoming Anxiety
Anxiety is an internal feeling of
fear, stress and tension. It is often triggered by situations
you find yourself in.
For most people there are certain situations they
themselves in that trigger their anxiety. For example I used to get
very anxious in certain social situations and was diagnosed with
'social anxiety disorder'.
However from what I have experienced over the years, the physical
feelings of anxiety are just your body's way of telling you that
something is out of alignment with who you really are and what you are
on the planet to do.
stress and tension point to where you're out of alignment
it is possible to incorporate a number of techniques and strategies to
overcome your anxiety. These are strategies such as deep breathing,
muscle relaxation and changing your thoughts via 'cognitive behavioural
therapy' (CBT) and they do work to reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
from what I have found, it is these symptoms of anxiety that are your
body's way of showing you that something is out of alignment in your
- listen to your heart to let go of stress and tension
example, I used to work in a professional setting. I'd get dressed up
in a shirt and tie, wear black professional shoes and go to work on a
crowded bus. However what I loved to do at weekends was go barefoot
into the bush and just sit by streams in the solitude and peace of
nature and watch the water flow over rocks.
wonder I felt a sense of anxiety when I was working in the middle of
Sydney in clothes that didn't fit with my sense of self and people who
I didn't relate to.
the feelings of anxiety would come up then I would do a number of the
exercises to try and overcome my anxiety. In the short term they would
work, however on a deeper level I just knew that I needed to change my
situation to be more in alignment with what my soul was here on the
planet to do so the feelings of anxiety would naturally not be there.
what I started to do was to align my outer life with what my inner life
wanted to express. I knew that if I could do this then I would be in
alignment and there just wouldn't be situations that would lead to a
feeling of anxiety because my life would be in alignment.
cover this more in my book 'The Heart Walk', however the first place is
to start taking small steps to doing what you love. It only needs to
start out being just 30 minutes or so a day.
example, I knew the symptoms of anxiety were showing me that I was in
situations where I was out of alignment. So instead I started to focus
on situations where there was no anxiety and where I just felt at home.
For me this was spending time alone in the bush.
then I started trying to spend as much time as I could in the bush
exploring all the rock formations, streams, trees, caves, valleys and
mountains. I didn't know why I was doing this, it's just that this is
what I loved to do.
if you are feeling a level of anxiety in certain situations I suggest
you instead change your focus and start doing what it is that you love
to do. It's OK if this is just 30 minutes per day. The point is to just
start spending some time each day doing what it is you love to do.
question I find a lot of people have is 'I don't know what I love to
this is the case then there are a number of techniques you can use to
find what you do love to do.
heart is always guiding you towards what it is you love. Your heart
continually is guiding you towards what your soul is on the planet to
do. What you love to do is what your soul is on the planet to do. When
you are doing this then your life is in alignment and anxiety simply
drops to the floor.
the first place is to start listening to your heart.
do we listen to our heart?
all have a little voice within our head that drowns out the subtle
voice of the heart. For example, right now it may be saying 'Little
voice? What little voice? I don't have a little voice!'
that is the little voice.
you start to become aware of the little voice within your mind then you
will get to see that it talks at a certain tone and tempo. It talks as
if it is on autopilot and often repeats the same thing over and over
again and takes up a lot of our attention and awareness.
if you instead treat the little voice within your mind and treat it
like a little child then you can simply say to it 'Thank you for
you do this you will probably find there is a pause and a gap in your
thinking. This is what the Buddhists call no-mind. It is from this
state of no-mind that you can start to hear the subtle voice of your
way to do this is to place your attention and awareness on your heart
center. This is located in the middle of your breast bone and is about
the size of a golf ball.
you place your awareness on your heart center, you can then start
asking it questions and then listen to what it has to say.
example, if you are feeling in a state of anxiety then you can stop and
ask your heart a question such as 'What do you want to do?'
it is just a matter of listening to what your heart has to say.
example, if you are in the middle of a shopping center then your heart
may say things like 'Stay within your heart' or perhaps 'Do this
quickly and take me home'
cover this more in my book 'The Heart Walk' but you can see here that
the voice of the heart doesn't say many words and that it is straight
the point here is that if you listen to the voice within your heart
then it will direct you towards the things you love to do. When you are
doing what it is you love to do then feelings of anxiety just do not
have the space to arise.
you align your outer actions more and more with your heart and what you
love to do then you will begin to be living your life from the inside
out. When you do this then you will start to see that the feelings of
anxiety and tension will just naturally drop away and will instead be
replaced by a feeling of peace and calm.
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