Overcoming Generalized Anxiety
by Charles Beeson
What Is Generalized Anxiety?
GAD is a (seemingly) uncontrollable disorder with excessive worry, fear and tension exhibited throughout the day… without a rational reason. It is characterized by frequent thoughts of disaster and worse-case outcomes of one’s: safety, safety of loved ones, finance. health, work, and relationships.
Sometimes referred to as General Anxiety, GAD lasts for at least 6 months or more. It exhibits symptoms of the inability to relax during the day or sleep at night, shortness of breath, chest pain, irritability, nausea, trembling and lack of mental focus. It can seriously impact personal relationships and job performance.
What Causes Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
There is no one specific cause of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It often begins in childhood, but can start at any age and spiral out-of-control over time. Women are more prone than men for hormonal reasons. It is believed that there are three primary factors that contribute to the problem: Brain Chemistry, Genetics (it can run in families) and Environmental Factors, including Significant Emotional Events.
These factors are thought to create a greater sensitivity in the Sympathetic Nervous System, that in-turn, causes a more intense reaction to feelings of fear. These fear base emotions are triggered by an influx of adrenaline and other hormones/brain chemicals arising from the “Flight or Fight Response” (also called Stress Response). .
Trauma and stressful events seem to be leading causes of the initial trigger to GAD and Panic Attack symptoms. Mental & physical abuse, divorce, death of a loved one, losing a job, changing schools or job stress… can all cause Anxiety Attacks, Panic Attacks, Fears and Phobias. Stress can cause GAD to become much more intense. The InstaCalm® Anxiety Relief System can often alleviate these “Root Cause” issues. *Results Vary
You can can learn to manage and even overcome the symptoms of generalized anxiety, quickly, with the right techniques. Talk To Your Doctor First Before you try any treatment option, see your physician. You should first rule-out the possibility of a physical problem or disease that could be causing your anxiety symptoms. Your doctor may also prescribe medication to give you symptom relief for anxiety and depression.
Even though these medications can have side effects and may become very addicting, they can often help you to better focus – mentally. This can allowing for treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling and alternative/complimentary programs, like InstaCalm®… to be more effective.
The FAILURE of Cognitive Behavioral Counseling to show short-term results… created the need for a better solution. InstaCalm® was developed back in 1995 to fill this need. It has evolved into an effective alternative treatment, to manage, and often, alleviate General Anxiety symptoms in as littles as *4 to 6 weeks. *Results Vary
During the completion of the of the first session, The client is taught how they can use a mental imagery technique to alleviate the feeling of worry or anticipation anxiety regarding a future situation or event. This Anxiety Release Technique is explained in the free eBook, “Top Ten Self-Help Techniques for Fast Anxiety Relief“.
This eBook is downloaded in an Anxiety Relief Kit that includes an MP3 relaxation recording, called, “Deep Calmness”. It is recommended that anyone suffering with any type of Anxiety Disorder, should listen to this 19 minute recording every morning to help calm their nervous sytem.
Calming the Nervous System
One of the most important steps in the initial treatment of GAD, is to quiet the Autonomic Nervous System. Practicing relaxation techniques through out the day, helps to “break-the-habit” of connecting to the sympathetic nervous system, AND begin re-connecting to the Relaxation Response, through the parasympathetic nervous system.
During the Second InstaCalm Session, I teach the client a self hypnosis technique called the Light Switch. It quickly causes an immediate, deep state of relaxation. Thus the name… InstaCalm®. The person then practices the technique throughout the following week while listening to a recording that conditions the mind with the following new cognitive process:
“Anytime you begin to feel nervous or tense… you automatically take a deep breath…
and as you exhale you will immediately feel calm and confident!”
The client is then taught the, InstaCalm®, One-Minute Light Switch Technique™. It’s a self-hypnosis method that allows for frequent moments of deep relaxation and can be practiced throughout the day. Daily listening to the, Five-Seven Breathing recording will also help to condition the mind for extended calmness.
Triggering Positive Resource Anchors
The term anchoring, in this case, comes from a study of an approach to communication techniques that are used for self improvement and re-engineering the human condition, called Neuro-lingustic Programming (NLP). These techniques are often used to help change behavior and emotional states.
Anchoring is a process of conditioning the mind with an association between an emotional mood, and, an external stimulus that is usually something seen, felt, heard or smelled. Once an anchor is established, the emotional state can be re-experienced by repeating the stimulus. This is called “firing” or “triggering” the anchor.
Example: A clenched fist can be anchored to intense positive feelings of happiness, confidence and calmness, from memories. create a “Positive Resource Anchor”, that you can use to quickly change the negative, emotional states ofanxious fear or sadness, to a positive state of calm–confidence!
How to create this Resource Anchor is taught during the Second InstaCalm Session. Step-by-step instructions can be found in the “Top 10 Self-Help Techniques“.
Managing The Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The Third, Fourth and Fifth InstaCalm Sessions, focus on managing and alleviating the various GAD symptoms in the order of severity for each client. The most common symptoms that are usually addressed, include:
– Obsessive Negative Thoughts & Worry
– Anxiety & Panic Attacks
– Improve Self Confidence
– Fears & Phobias – Driving, Flying, Speaking, Social, Public Places, Enclosed Spaces
AnxietyBeGone.com offers 3 different ONLINE, “self-help” programs, using the InstaCalm Anxiety Relief System. They offer relief for many, mild, moderate and severe symptoms. You can find out about your level of severity by taking the Anxiety Rating Test.