There are so many stresses in the world right now, that it seems like there is bad news at every turn! We don’t seem to be able to escape it.
And these relentless negative situations are having a serious impact on so many of us.
Anxiety is at an all-time high and many are suffering as a result.
Unfortunately, anxiety and stress don’t come without cost.
The longer that people feel this way, the more problems they are likely to face.
Below are several issues that people may experience due to anxiety and stress:
- Health issues
- Strained relationships
- Lack of motivation and productivity
These are just a few of the issues that people may experience, but there are many more.
But let’s not dwell on the negative, let’s try to find a positive…….
The good news is that there are a number of things that people can do to reduce their anxiety.
(People can’t control events but they can influence how they respond, if they take the time to use tools to change their subconscious minds)
Let’s start by understanding anxiety……
The real cause of fear, stress and worry is a combination of a few things:
1) Negative beliefs about the future and our ability to cope or survive.
2) Memories of previous experiences where we were unable to cope or we felt unsafe, that are being triggered by current events, that lead us to feel the same way again.
1) Negative beliefs about the future and our ability to cope or survive
Due to uncertainty about the future right now, many of us have filled in the gap and have formed very negative beliefs (and visions) about what will happen in the future. When we are unsure of what will happen, our minds will usually come up with the worst-case scenario. In many instances, the scenarios that are imagined will involve a threat to our survival. As a result of these beliefs and scenario visions about our survival, many people feel either psychologically or physically unsafe in the world and that causes anxiety.
2) Memories of previous experiences
When we experience trauma when we are younger, our subconscious minds keep a record of it. When we experience something in present day that resembles aspects of the previous traumatic experience, we become triggered and feel unsafe/traumatised all over again. There are many people in the world right now who are feeling triggered and unsafe because of a combination of both present-day experiences and the retriggering of previous traumatic memories.
The good news is that feelings, beliefs and traumatic memories can be changed so that the person feels calmer! So, there is hope of feeling better.
There are many psychological techniques to reduce anxiety, but my favourites are:
1) Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping).
Both can be used to change negative feelings, beliefs and memories. They work in slightly differently ways, but the results are pretty much the same i.e. a reduction in anxiety.
The beauty of both EFT and Havening is that once you learn how to use them, you can use them on yourself (and your children) every day. They are not only used by practitioners, but they are an excellent self-help tool too! So, if you (or your children) are feeling stressed, you don’t have to wait until you see a therapist/practitioner to feel better, you can start to feel better (often within minutes), in your own home.
Obviously, it’s better to see a trained practitioner as they will have the skills to identify and change the root cause of the problem, but it’s reassuring to know that these tools can be used by yourself and your family members to take the edge off of stress and anxiety in the moment.
Some EFT and Havening videos to help you and your family
EFT Tapping videos to help you – Brad Yates has created many EFT Tapping videos on YouTube. He has created what are known as Tap-a-longs. They are EFT Tapping videos that people can tap along to, whilst repeating the words that Brad uses. They are general videos so won’t be as effective as individual sessions, but they are an excellent resource for people who are interested in doing some general EFT Tapping.
Havening® video to help you – Michele Paradise has created a Havening® video on YouTube called “Easy 10-minute self-havening technique to reduce stress and anxiety”, which can help you to use Havening® to feel calmer.
I hope his helps!