05 Oct Anxiety
Every single person experiences stress or anxiety at some point in their life.
However, depending on our personality type and underlying fears, anxiety is experienced, and triggered, differently for each personality type.
Anxiety is simply described as the prolonged exposure to stress and stressful thoughts. Since cave man times, the way that we are wired as human beings is that if we go around the corner and there’s a sabre toothed tiger, then our instinct is to go into fight or flight mode. (There’s also freeze or implode mode, but for the moment, let’s focus on flight or fight).
What that means is that fear hits our body, and our body has a physiological response by producing an incredible surge of adrenaline. That enables us to stand and fight with more strength than we’ve ever had before, or turn and run faster than we’ve ever run before.
Fortunately, we don’t have sabre tooth tigers any more, but we do have our thoughts. And depending on the power of our thoughts to create pictures and movies in our head about our situation, we can actually create the same fear response as if a sabre tooth tiger was right in front of us.
The way our brain works is that it can’t distinguish between what is real and what is not real. Our brain believes whatever thoughts we’re focussing on and creates an emotional response to that. Therefore, one of the most effective ways of stopping prolonged exposure to stress is to look and query our thoughts and change the pictures and “movies” running in our heads.
From a personality perspective, we all have different thinking styles, and as a result, some of us are more predisposed to highly anxious thoughts than others. Therefore, when we understand the underlying personality-based triggers and how they originate from our fears, we’re then able to put effective strategies into place.
Anxiety is actually a fantastic indicator that we’re not aligned with who we really are, or what we want to be feeling or thinking. There’s no such thing as a wrong thought, because every emotion that makes us feel “bad” is a great opportunity to start questioning the thoughts around it. We all have the power to redirect our thoughts to turn off anxiety and refocus on what we truly want as an outcome instead.
At The Whitehaven Clinic we will help you understand your personality type and triggers and change the way you think.
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