by Dovvy Phillips

Are Your Thoughts Making You Anxious?

July 18, 2016 | Tips and Insights

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I have noticed that so many people who suffer from anxiety think themselves into anxious states of panic or worry. However, they are often unaware of the impact that their thoughts are having on their health and how to stop this from happening.

We seem to know that the body and mind affect one another. We hear gym slogans like “free the body and the mind will follow”, but we are often not quite sure how our thinking is affecting us. And to be honest, most people are too busy with current day to day stresses, living quite myopically just coping day to day, to give any attention to what their thinking is doing. Yet, the thinking patterns that we have, shape our reality. So often, the situations we find ourselves in, stems from our thinking.

Have you ever thought: “How did I end up here?”

If you dwell enough on certain thoughts that trigger anxiety, like feelings and states, then very soon you feel the effects in your day to day experience. It won’t feel nice and you will want to remove it from your life. You will want it gone. You might feel like you are broken – you’re not! But still you will want it gone. And so you seek help that is when it is bad enough.  Because when it’s bad enough, you will be motivated to take action. For some people it needs to be an intense experience and for others they need to suffer for a long period of time before they seek help. I have had clients who come to me who have been putting up with anxiety for 10-30+ years – just living with it. I have also had clients who come almost immediately after their first attack and seek help.

Nothing will change in life until you become motivated to take action. I help my clients become aware of the triggers of anxiety. What a lot of people don’t realise is that their thoughts are often unconsciously triggering responses in the body, and these are frequently triggered by life’s situations. But we don’t just focus on the thinking. In fact, this is only a tiny part of how I get great results with working with clients. Our focus is working with the body to make change, because people often don’t realize that the body (due to how it holds tension from life’s stresses and traumas) holds us into states, which trigger thinking. These feedback into more states that trigger anxiety – and so the loop continues. BUT by becoming aware of the body and how you are playing out this process you become empowered to change it. Now you become and live in control.

Many people want to know how we do this and some people want to know how long this process takes.

So how do we do this? The answer is rather long and complicated, but, in a nut shell, we work with the nervous system to help the body increase its awareness and create new patterns of behaviour by using a combination of Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration, through a Reorganizational Healing Framework.

How long does it take?
I can’t tell you without first seeing you and working on you, because everyone is unique. Some people have had chronic anxiety that’s crippling, while other people have a very mild form that’s less embedded in the body, nervous system and thinking. Some people are quicker learners and more adaptable, we are all unique.

What you may find comforting is that all clients find they start to get results almost immediately. From their very first session they notice a shift. And then each session builds on the previous.

If you are reading this – you have just been presented with an opportunity to, at the very least, find out more information on how you can learn to live and be anxiety free.

Studies show that people who take action straight away are far more likely to get the results they want in life. Often, when you put things off until later, you just build a long list of stuff that needs to happen and keep adding to this. You end up with a big pile of ‘shoulds’. This situation often creates a tension in our thinking and, ironically, for many people, this is one of the very things that causes anxiety that needs to be worked on.

Let me finish with one of my favourite quotes.
“Opportunities multiply as they are seized” Sun Tzu


About the author, Dovvy Phillips


I am the owner of Inspiring Wellness, a wellness and personal transformation clinic in Auckland CBD and the Author of “Wellness Words, How To Think, Speak, And Feel Great” and “How To Break Free From Anxiety”. I love helping my clients take back their lives, regain their health and get a whole new higher quality of life. If you are curious if we can help you, please contact us. We are here to help you.

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