Anxiety is Learned
Anxiety is learned, and the more intense the anxiety for the sufferer, the more likely the anxiety was developed during childhood.
Either through trauma or coincidence, certain people, places, and situations began to be associated with feelings of anxiety. Anxiety can become unintentionally cultivated throughout the lifespan. Often this kind of thinking becomes associated with helplessness, feeling unloved, or just not good enough.
There is saying neurons that fire together wire together this discovery allowed us to understand how associative learning happens and how we can get trapped in repetitive negative thinking patterns.
The more we ruminate or think negatively about something, the stronger these neural connections become in the brain. become strengthened,
To the extent that whenever we become triggered to experience anxiety, the cycle of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors happen so fast that we lose our awareness of the process.
Helplessness and Giving Up
Some people who struggle with recurring episodes of anxiety are convinced that there is nothing that they can ever do to heal. They have tried everything, but the problem is, they have not tried (or stuck with long enough) effective strategies that are proven to reduce anxiety. With the appropriate amount of time and effort, eventually, the cycle of anxiety can be broken. This is how the neural pathways in the brain can begin to change.
Recognizing and Breaking the Cycle
The cycle can be broken with coming to recognize the people, places, and situations, that trigger anxiety. Next strategies to reduce anxiety such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques that help you recognize and change negative thought patterns can be used to change your experience.
As straight forward as this may sound, it can be difficult for someone who has been experiencing this cycle since his or her childhood, to identify and change their response. Without the proper support or professional, the process of breaking the cycle becomes exhausting and the person simply gives up.
The key to breaking the cycle is perseverance.
Perseverance is necessary because most of the time when people attempt to change habits and patterns about themselves, the habits get worse. It’s like the connections in the brain that support that habit strengthen themselves to avoid being weakened and eradicated. For the most part, this phenomenon is a good thing. It is the reason why people with healthy brains never forget how to ride a bicycle, or how to speak their native language, even if they have not engaged in such activities for well over a decade.
However, on the flip side, this cognitive benefit can also make an ailment like anxiety very challenging to heal from. The good news is perseverance can be practiced and mastered through visualization. When working with clients, a substantial amount of time is spent on having the client visualize a life without anxiety. While this exercise is more challenging in practice, it is a very powerful exercise. This is because, once the client has readily outlined what his or her life will look like without anxiety, the process of persevering through the initial stages of healing becomes easier.
A Good Wellness Plan
People are more likely to put up with challenges if they firmly believe that their lives will become better as a result of their efforts. If you develop a good wellness plan for visualization it must be believable. You must take your personality and your current life circumstances into account. You are entitled to dream big, but you need to be willing to commit time and effort towards making your new life come true.
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Ugo is a psychotherapist and life coach.