How to overcome an anxiety disorder through Mindfulness Therapy

How to overcome an anxiety disorder through Mindfulness Therapy


Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I provide online
mindfulness therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression and addictions. But mostly people come to me for help with
anxiety disorders. This is by far the most common problem that
most people struggle with. So if you’re interested in mindfulness therapy
for overcoming an anxiety disorder do please reach out to me by e-mail. Go to my website, learn more about Mindfulness
Therapy and how it can help you overcome your anxiety disorder. So anxiety disorders, generally, describe
problems that are persistent, that are chronic in nature. It’s not the short term anxiety that we might
experience for example giving a presentation or something like that. We are concerned with persistent recurrent
anxiety. So generalized anxiety disorder is one kind
of very common anxiety that is characterized by chronic worrying, just catastrophizing,
just basically a form of anxiety that is characterized by the proliferation of anxiety based thoughts
that just keep feeding that anxiety in a vicious circle. Social anxiety disorder as another anxiety
disorder that I work with is also based on a whole network of habitual reactive thoughts
and beliefs that feeds a basic underlying insecurity in social situations. And it is very important to work with your
anxiety disorder and not let it grow and gain strength, because it tends to continue to
grow if not checked. It’s like a weed. And if you don’t take care of it it will start
to limit you more and more. Because one of the key problems that people
experience when they’re suffering from an anxiety disorder is they start to get into
patterns of avoidance and aversion, that is trying to run away from the anxiety. They try to limit their exposure to anxiety
producing situations. They try to avoid the source. Now this kind of limitation, this kind of
self limitation is what really creates the problems because it tends to grow and it grows
and grows the more that you persist with avoidance. So we have to really get on top of that. And the first rule of mindfulness therapy
is to say absolutely no avoidance, no trying to escape your anxiety. No using breathing techniques or trying to
think positive thoughts or trying to think about pleasant things. These are all forms of avoidance and they
will have only one effect and that is to actually strengthen the underlying anxiety. The only effective method to overcome an anxiety
disorder like generalized anxiety disorder or social anxiety disorder or obsessive compulsive
disorder as well is by actually not avoiding it but actually facing it very directly, very
head on. But in a strategic way. Not just allowing yourself to become overwhelmed
by the anxiety. You Have to learn how to develop a conscious
relationship with your anxiety. That is what makes mindfulness therapy so
effective and so special. So the anxiety is there. Avoiding it is not going to work. Choosing to face the anxiety directly and
in a mindful way, establishing a relationship with the anxiety whereby you learn how to
become less and less reactive and less and less overwhelmed by the anxiety, that is the
key, that’s the way forward and that’s what I will train you in doing during our online
mindfulness therapy sessions. The primary way we go about this is by identifying
our anxiety thoughts: the worry thoughts, the negative thoughts, the catastrophizing
thoughts, whatever they may be, we identify them and make a list. Then we choose to meditate on each of those
thoughts. So this is developing non-avoidance. This is developing that conscious relationship. We learn to see the anxiety producing thought
as an object in the mind, which is what it is, what it always was to begin with. We see it as an object that gets triggered
in the mind and it arises in the mind. And our job is to see it clearly without identifying
with it, without trying to push it away. So we develop a conscious relationship with
it, as if we hold that thought in a space and we embrace it in that space but without
feeding it through reactivity. That is what produces change. And it can be very quick as well in producing
changes and basically undoing that habit of reactive thinking that feeds the anxiety. So we deliberately meditate on our anxiety
thoughts, we don’t avoid them. The second part of mindfulness therapy involves
looking at the structure of those thoughts. Besides the proliferation of reactive thinking
around the anxiety we also look at the actual structure, the internal structure of the anxiety
itself, and that structure is in the form of imagery. So all emotions are based around imagery,
that is what holds them together in the mind, gives them structure and investigating that
imagery is a very, very effective way of neutralizing the anxiety habit, the anxiety reactions,
to begin with. We need to change the imagery. Typically the anxiety is too large in size
for example, that’s part of its imagery, the size of the anxiety image. It’s often too high. That’s why we feel that it’s overwhelming
is because it is literally hanging over our head. So its position is very, very important in
determining his effect. The intensity of anxiety is proportional to
the size of the anxiety imagery and its height. So these these are two things that we work
on changing. Imagery can be changed once we bring conscious
mindful attention to it. And when you change that imagery you change
the emotion. It’s as simple as that. So I will teach you how to do that, how to
work with the emotional imagery that is the structure of your anxiety or depression or
any other intense emotion. So if you would like to learn more about how
to work with an anxiety disorder using mindfulness please contact me and let’s schedule a therapy
session over Skype and I will begin to teach you how to apply mindfulness to overcome your
anxiety and return to a state of natural balance and well-being, which is really your natural
state to begin with. Anxiety is not a natural state. It is in a aquired state. It’s something we learn through habitual reactivity
and avoidance. So to learn more simply e-mail me and to schedule
a session simply tell me what times and days work for you and we can then go ahead and
schedule the first therapy session. Most people see quite dramatic changes after
that very first session and certainly within three or four sessions you can expect to see
major improvements and a major reduction in the level of anxiety that’s affecting you. So please reach out to me by email and let’s
schedule an online mindfulness therapy session for your anxiety. Thank you.

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