Strip Anxiety Of Its Power – Right NOW

AnxietyIt is estimated that nearly 40 million people in the United States suffer from moderate to severe anxiety. What most sufferers don’t realize is that the true nature and root of their anxiety symptoms is something that can be very easy to change, without the need for symptom-clouding medications or counseling.

Anxiety is a subconscious fear of the FUTURE. This may be a fear of the distant future or the immediate future- it all depends on your subconscious programming. When a fear of any kind is triggered, it is the job of the subconscious part of our minds to signal you to either fight or run away from that fear. You may know this as the “fight or flight” reaction.

The anxiety attack reaction that you describe happens when the subconscious fear and the conscious reality collide.

The conscious part of the mind, that reasons and takes in information, is aware that there is no immediate danger. However, the subconscious part of the mind, that has catalogued the trigger event as a threat, has been alerted and has unleashed all the chemicals and bodily reactions you will need to fight or flee.  This combination creates a war, of sorts, within your body and mind that can have seriously debilitating effects.

The key is to find the trigger and reframe it in a way that the subconscious will no longer view it as a threat.
Anxiety is a fear of something happening in the future based on either:

  • A past event that is similar to the trigger event in some way. The past event is likely to be something that went badly, causing emotional, mental or physical stress.
  • Your imagination. A scenario you have created in your mind with a negative outcome that will cause you emotional, mental or physical stress. To the subconscious mind, there is no difference between reality and your imagination.

In order to understand why your attacks are happening and slow or stop them altogether, you must first develop an awareness of the reasons for them through a conscious-subconscious link. The following exercises will help you do that. Hypnotherapy is also a very effective tool in uncovering the root cause for anxiety and releasing it. In my practice, a combination of the use of the following exercises and hypnotherapy are used.

The GOTCHA Exercise:

Gotcha exercises help you uncover “faulty” subconscious programs that can cause negative behavior patterns. Once uncovered, awareness occurs and these programs immediately lose much of their power. Understanding how and why these programs are triggered provide you with the power to change them- fast and permanently.

The next time you experience an anxiety attack, immediately notice:

  • What were you doing right before the attack?
  • What were you thinking about right before the attack?
  • What were you going to be doing AFTER the activity you were doing during the time of the attack?
  • Who were you with or were you alone when it occurred?

As soon as possible, write the answers to these questions down in journal. Continue this process for the next 3-4 times you experience the anxiety.

Once you have done this, sit down and examine the results. What patterns or similarities do you notice?

Awareness Coaching Exercise: Best Thing / Worst Thing

Once you identify the fear causing your anxiety, you can strip it even further of its power over you with one simple exercise.

Anytime that you are stressed-out or anxious about something, or once you identify your “future fear” take a deep breath and ask yourself the following question:

“If that happens, what’s the worst thing that could happen?”


This establishes what your biggest fear around this immediate issue is. Once identified, continue asking yourself that question, no matter what answer you might get. Ask it over and over, until you get to the end result and you’re not able to go any further or you seem to circle around the same answer.

Next, ask yourself…Is this true? Is this the worst possible thing that can happen?

If no, keep asking yourself the original question.

If yes, then ask yourself… “Can I prepare myself to handle this, now that I know what the worst possible thing is?”

No matter what the final answer is, identifying it has a similar affect as turning on the light in a dark room. It immediately turns off the fear and allows you to think clearly. Once that happens, I promise you that you can handle ANYTHING you set your mind to.

Next, turn it around…

Now, for the fun part! Use the same original situation and biggest fear, take a deep breath, and ask yourself the following question:

“If that happens, what’s the BEST thing that could happen?”

Be reasonable and answer honestly. Continue asking yourself that question, over and over, until you get to the end result and you’re not able to go any further or you circle around the same concept.

Once there, ask yourself… “Would I be able to handle these outcomes, now that I know what they might be?”

The answer, should be ‘yes’. If it’s not, go through the process again. If done properly, this exercise will return you to your true power. You will feel in control and you will know that, at the very least, you will be “okay”. At best, you may obtain an outcome from this situation that is better than you ever could have imagined while in your stressed-out or anxious state of mind.

The results from this exercise may look something like this:

Stress Trigger:  Rumors that they will be laying people off at work.

“What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

I could lose my job.

And if that happened, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I’d have to find a new job.

And if that happened, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I couldn’t find a job.

And if that happened, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I’d lose my house.

And if that happened, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I’d have to move in with my family or friends until I could get a new job.

And if that happened, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I wouldn’t be happy.

And if that happened, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I’d be stuck there until I found another job.

And if that happened, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I wouldn’t find another job.

And if that happened, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

I’d be stuck there and couldn’t do anything about it.

BINGO! You just found the hidden fear behind the stress: The feeling of being powerless.

Now that you realize this, consider that belief….

Would you truly be powerless?

There are always solutions or positive, preventative actions that can be taken to change your own future. What COULD you do that might prevent this scenario from occurring?
If you get stuck…simply look at the answers you came up with when you flipped it around and looked at it from the “Best Thing” point of view. It goes something like this:

Stress Trigger:  Rumors that they will be laying people off at work.

“What’s the worst thing that could happen?”

I could lose my job.

And if that happened, what’s the best thing that could happen?

I find a new job that I like more or get paid better for.

And if that happened, what’s the best thing that could happen?

I actually like going to work.

And if that happened, what’s the best thing that could happen?

I feel better every day and I’m happier.

And if that happened, what’s the best thing that could happen?

I enjoy spending time with my family and I’m in a better mood with them.

And if that happened, what’s the best thing that could happen?

Our relationships would be stronger and family life would be better.

And if that happened, what’s the best thing that could happen?

We’re all happier and life is better for the entire family.

BINGO! You just found your innermost wish and you now know that how you feel about your work is directly related to how you interact with your family.

Did you know that before?

The question now is: What are you going to do about it?

The beauty in using this exercise when you’re feeling stressed-out or anxious is that it allows the subconscious to directly communicate with you and identify the real, core reasons for your stress or anxious response.

Once identified, a series of new questions and options materialize. These new paths of opportunity can help you direct your life in a more positive direction…if you choose to follow it.

At the very least, it strips the stress trigger of its power and puts the ball back in your court. You now have important and empowering intel that turns the “monster in the closet” into nothing but a shadow.

Practice using this technique to identify core issues with the triggers that are causing you distress. You may be surprised at what you find!

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