If you have Anxiety Disorder, when you’re feeling fear and anxiety, the sympathetic nervous system gets activated. This causes symptoms like racing heart, sweating, feeling jittery, muscle tension, and sometimes even upset stomach or diarrhea.
It’s just like take a large dose of epinephrine, which is also known as adrenaline. Your body goes into fight or flight mode naturally in the presence of danger; preparing itself for battle or to run away from the predator!
This is your body’s natural response, but sometimes your subconscious mind falls into a bad habit of bringing up fear in situations that are not truly threatening. The situation may have been scary at one time, for example, you may have been in a car accident and the danger was very real.
But after the accident, each you get in the car you feel panicked all over again and may fear that another accident will occur.
Anxiety Disorder-The Subconscious Mind
Your subconscious mind does not rationalize out that there is no real imminent danger, but your conscious mind attempts to logically see that the situation is not threatening. Once a thought, belief, or emotion is adopted by your subconscious, it becomes like data in a computer program and just runs automatically when switched on leading to what is commonly called anxiety disorder.
Here are Three Ways to Relieve Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
1. Calm the body: Take deep breaths slowly and deeply instead of short and shallow. Breathe in for the count of 5 and breathe out for the count of 5. Then, with the palm of your hand, brush down your arm from shoulder to wrist about 10-30 times intending that you are releasing any cause for fear and anxiety. Finally, massage underneath your collar bones on each side of your body at the same time, continuing to breathe slowly.
2. Changing thoughts and beliefs: Any fearful or scary thoughts that come up, find the opposite of those thoughts and begin repeating them to yourself, or out loud if possible. For example: Fearful thought-“oh no, I’m never going to get out of this traffic, I am stuck.” Positive opposite thought- “I am safe and comfortable in my vehicle, and I am moving forward with ease; I am calm and relaxed.”
3. Practicing new thoughts; creating a new habit: Repeating positive thoughts and communicating those new ways of thinking to your subconscious mind will create different results. Give your subconscious permission to release and let go of old ways of thinking and adopt new beliefs. Will this work even if I don’t believe it? Yes, if you stick with it and give your mind some time to adjust change will occur.
When you first learned how to ride a bicycle it was hard and you had to consciously remember all the steps to perform to ride the bicycle, until eventually it felt natural and you did not have to think about it at all. The subconscious part of your brain now drives that bicycle. With a little patience, you will be cruising along in no time and will have relief from anxiety disorder.