If you’re reading this perhaps you’ve been dealing with anxiety for a while. You know, you are not alone. Most people have anxiety. In fact, anxiety is so common that for some it’s a way of life. But it doesn’t have to be.
Some anxiety is normal. Trying something new that requires some level of risk or facing a situation or condition that is dangerous physically or emotionally create normal anxiety. Sometimes feelings of fear are helpful and give us warning signs to pay attention to something we need to know so we can act accordingly. Normal anxiety is usually short lived and passes when the problem is solved or the danger is no longer present. But that’s not the kind of anxiety I’m talking about today. I’m talking about the unhealthy anxiety that has diminished you and your experience of life.
I’m going to tell you about the real and often hidden causes of this kind of anxiety. Now, of course you are unique. Everyone is. So if we work together what I have to say can be customized just for you and your life.
Your anxiety is that awful feeling you have in your body that is a result of thoughts you have. Sometimes, in fact, most of the time, those thoughts that cause you anxiety are spontaneous and automatic. They may be a part of a pattern of thoughts you have and that pattern of thoughts may be so ingrained that you are not even aware of having the thoughts. Those thoughts are unconscious and automatic. I’ll give some examples in a moment.
The thoughts you have all have to do with what you believe about yourself and your world. Your anxiety is caused by negative thoughts. Some people have what I call catastrophic thoughts. These are exaggerated fear thoughts.
Here are some examples of spontaneous unconscious catastrophic thoughts. “When I do this nobody is going to like it. I will fail again.” Or “This plane could crash.” Or “I won’t be able to do what I need to do.” “I’m going to lose complete control of this situation.” Or “I’ve made terrible mistakes I will never be able to correct.”
Your negative self-defeating thought will always be a threat to your safety, lovability, worthiness, innocence, or abilities.
Your response to any give situation may well be a part of a pattern of anxious thoughts you have in your life. So where and how do such self-defeating thoughts originate? Well, they come from your past experience mostly as a child. What you experienced as a child programs you. It programs how you think about yourself and your world and it programs how you will feel and it programs how you will act. Those upsetting experiences you had as a child that have not been healed and remain unconscious will automatically cause you to think, feel, and act in self-defeating ways.
If you would like to know more about how you can help yourself I invite you to contact me for a live Zoom session or an in-person session in my office in Encinitas, California. You can also download one of my self-guided workshops like The True Seeker’s Guide To A Better Life or The Call To Adventure or you can listen to my wisdom-filled audios in Life Lessons. Meanwhile, I am here.
My very best to you, Wendy Hill, Ph.D.
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Client True Story
Kathy suffered from anxiety for years. She had tried traditional psychotherapy and various self healing techniques and therapies yet her anxiety persisted. By the time she came to me she had all but lost hope that any kind of therapy could help her. After just several sessions she identified the anxiety inducing conditions and events in her past that she had either forgotten or trivialized. Immediately her anxiety began to lift. She went back into her life with a new resolve and a new confidence. Several years later I connected with her. Her changed attitudes and feelings continued to be amazing. She was confident and had accomplished many of the things she had put off prior to her hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.