If you suffer from anxiety disorders, one of your first priorities, I believe, is to look for effective ways to “manage” your anxiety. Your ability to short-circuit your anxiety before it becomes fully-blown is extremely essential to your survival and recovery from anxiety, especially if you are a fighter – I mean if you are someone who won’t just surrender to anxiety but loves to get about, getting things done and always looking for ways to stay productive in spite of your anxiety disorders.
Mastering the art of managing your anxiety is so crucial because you never know when or where your anxiety and panic can start raising its ugly head. But if you have enough tools and tenacity to force your way into the managerial position over your anxiety, it can be really priceless.
I am sure you are very aware that the fear of having a panic attack in public places and being embarrassed and rendered powerless in such situations is what makes a lot of sufferers to develop other outlets of anxiety such as agoraphobia.
Of course avoidance is a basic human self-defensive measure. Why should you choose to get stung all the time by deliberately unsettling insecure bees in their beehives? This is the logic behind every avoidance measures you put in place to avoid the pain of experiencing panic attacks and other physical reactions of anxiety.
But we all know that avoidance may look like the easiest self-protective option available at a give time, it cannot, however, help us in the long-run to eliminate anxiety. You might feel a reduction in your anxiety when you avoid a situation, but the real fact is that, the more you avoid threatening situations, the bigger your anxiety gets. In fact if there is anything at all avoidance does, it breeds new life into your anxiety.
Now What Must You Be Focusing On?
My focus here is to encourage you to start learning more about distraction techniques rather than perfecting the avoidance techniques you’ve probably already mastered.
Distraction is a simple, but powerful technique which has been emphasised and used extensively by therapists, psychologists and psychotherapists for several years. It’s widely recognised in cognitive therapy as one of the ways to reduce your anxiety.
Distraction, as the word implies, is when you intentionally focus your attention away from the thoughts or physical sensations of anxiety. It is basically re-focusing your attention from anxiety to something totally different – that enables you to think, act and function as though you are perfectly normal. It is ignoring anxiety with all its empty threats.
When you notice some anxiety symptoms in you, you normally begin to focus on your anxious thoughts and developing anxious sensations, which then pours more fuel on your anxiety to become bigger. But by changing what you are focusing on, you literally starve your anxiety of its most needed life-force energy (your attention and focus) to totally take over your life.
If you can make yourself to become absorbed in another activity or thought when you notice a symptom of anxiety, you are most certainly going to shot circuit or stop the flow of the cognitive fuel of your anxiety.
So the real thing is to become highly skilled at distracting your own anxious or intrusive thoughts before they actually lure you into the dungeon of anxiety and panic episodes. For example, let’s say you are on a airplane and you start to feel you might have a panic attack, simply because the pilot has just announced that there is going to be a slight delay in your arrival.
Instead of starting to focus on those negative thoughts and how horrible you are beginning to feel, you can change your focus entirely and start paying attention to the blue sky or count the shifting clouds in the air. Whatever you find easier to do that can engage your thought and give your mind a different focus is good enough to send a message to your anxiety that you are not accommodating it.
There are a lot of programmes out there that can help you master the art of using effective distractions to your advantage so that you can start living life to the full and do things you’ve always wanted to do. One of the most effective programmes around is that of Charles Linden.
The Linden Method Anxiety Recovery Programme does not only teach you proven and tested distractions techniques, it also opens you up to varieties of helpful cognitive principles that are actually capable of taking you from managing your anxiety to becoming free from it.
The Linden method emphasises that your anxiety and negative feelings are not really caused by the life situations or people that you encounter in everyday life, but rather by the meaning you give to those things. – that is, the negative way that you react and behave towards them. And that it’s only by mastering how to become the controller, instead of being controlled, of your anxious thoughts and feelings that you can then stop your panic attacks from occurring.
So I recommend that you try Charles Linden’s programme, especially if you are a type that really can’t afford to be debilitated and rendered move-less by anxiety and panic. You can check his programme out here.
Now, just to summarise, as you are trying to negotiate your way out of anxiety and panic, start focusing on mastering distraction techniques instead of the avoidance strategies. This is a powerful key to restoring control, happiness, peace and freedom back into your life.
Hope this is helpful to you today.
Submit your review