Why does BWRT for Anxiety work
Anxiety cannot be controlled by willpower. I am sure many of us have tried to use our willpower with little relief.
The fact is that your willpower is part of the conscious logical mind. Your reaction to stress and anxiety is a learned behavior imprinted in your subconscious mind.
Which means you may not be able to control what stresses you out, but you can learn to control your reaction to it. In order to free ourselves from anxiety, we must bring consciousness to the source of the fear. Once we can understand why we act in fear, we can set the intention to let the fear go.
This is where BWRT comes into its own. During BWRT session, I will ask you to find your worst or strongest memory surrounding your identified anxiety issue and then ask you to replace the worst memory with how you would prefer to feel instead of that memory and ask you to create a future memory. As a facilitator,l will keep you focused by using techniques to focus your thoughts almost like 'recursive loops' (repeating the same thought over and over again )until your preferred future memory becomes fixed and forms part of your subconscious neural response. This results in change being long lasting or permanent.What is Anxiety ?
Anxiety and Stress have had an unfair press. In fact, both anxiety and stress are natural parts of our flight or fright response. It's an emotional response of "fear," lingering on from early ancestral times, which was required to keep you constantly alert and focused on any surrounding threats to your survival.
So, although we don't face the same level of survival threats as our ancestors, it's left an imprint on the subconscious mind - almost like being 'hardwired' to the same survival instinct and so our mind does not always recognise a real threat from a perceived threat. This means that when you are faced with overwhelming emotions, it's a natural fear response making you feel miserable.
From time to time, we all experience some form of external stress, such as being stuck in a traffic jam, being late for work or trying to meet deadlines, and you can add your triggers to this list. In this type of stress, your symptoms ease off once the situation subsides.
For some people, stress can be a form of motivation to achieve and act for self-improvement.
However, prolonged stress can lead to:
- health problems
- high blood pressure
- bodyweight issues
- uncontrolled anger
- increased feeling of frustration.
Anxiety on the other hand is often "internal" with individuals expressing the feeling of dread, can't handle, what ifs, shame, helplessness, anger, embarrassment, and fear. With external triggers, the situation is not threatening but your emotional reactions tend to persist even after the event has passed.
The common triggers of feelings of anxiety and prolonged stress include:
- overeating or undereating
- substance abuse/alcohol
- lack interest in personal health
- seeking reassurance from others
- avoiding situations
- spending increased time on electronics/social media
- becoming control of others
and many other triggers.
Throughout our lifetime, we learn often through trial and error what actions to take to manage our day-to-day anxiety and stress triggers. The problem occurs when we get overwhelmed with these triggers or get bombarded with situations, that leave you feeling emotionally exhausted. This is where anxiety therapy can help.
My interest and passion in treating all anxiety related issues, ensures that l deliver and utilizes BWRT techniques to produce results
with your specific needs at the centre.
The treatment plan is designed, not only to get rid of your presenting anxiety issues but as a Integrative Therapist, empower you with tools and techniques which you can adopt to help enhance your emotional resilience to life's ups and downs.
If you have any questions about therapy for anxiety or any other emotional issues, please be free to book a informal chat before you make a decision to go ahead with treatment.
I provide therapy sessions Online or in person, covering East Anglia region.
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