I am no stranger to anxiety and panic attacks. Mine was related to social phobia. As a child, I was always nervous at school. I never wanted to participate in anything. The pattern continued as an adult and I missed out on a lot of things because I was trying to avoid uncomfortable situations.
But a few years ago, I started studying the subconscious mind and how it affects our lives. I realized that anxiety is when something is triggered that no longer serves you. Think of it as a nudge letting you know that it is time to shift into a new way of being. It is telling you that you are ready for something new.
Now, this isn’t exactly easy, because the old subconscious patterns are still in place. But when you are able to recognize these patterns, that’s when changes can take place.
When we are experiencing anxiety, the natural instinct is to avoid it. We tend to do whatever it takes to make it go away. We try to ignore it, escape from it, maybe take a pill. But that just leaves us feeling like we are broken and need to be fixed. So instead of trying to escape, allow yourself to experience it.
First, when you are experiencing anxiety, try to get back into your body. Take some deep belly breaths. Try this: inhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4. Do this as long as you need to.
Then try having a conversation with yourself. When you give your brain some rational reasons for what is going on , it will begin to allow you to calm down. Say something like this, “I know this is what anxiety feels like. I know that something is being triggered. I don’t have to know what it is right now. I just know that I will be ok. It’s ok for me to relax.”
When you are in a more relaxed state, you can try what I call “meditating with a purpose”. First get still and close your eyes and allow your body and mind to be still. When you are in this state
of relaxation, the subconscious mind wakes up and the conscious mind is less likely to interfere. Get curious and start asking questions. Go deep and examine where the anxiety is coming from.
When you are able to bring the subconscious to the conscious, healing can begin. Try some of these questions to start tapping into your subconscious mind. Have you always had this anxiety? Do you remember when it started? What was going on in you life when it started? Is it similar to you parents’ anxiety? What are you afraid of? What does the fear remind you of? What does it feel like in your body? Does that feeling remind you of something?
For myself, I traced my anxiety back to a long list of childhood fears, fears that were completely unnecessary. They were patterns that I needed to let go of. Just being able to recognize this is enough to bring some peace, but I took it a step further and used some energy healing techniques to release the fears and old patterns.
Have you uncovered some of your own patterns that are causing anxiety?
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