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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Appeal to the subconscious instead of rationalising my way out of anxiety

My brain is always full of thoughts, I just keep on rambling. Sometimes it makes me very creative, but mostly it increases my anxiety level and I can't relax in any way. I feel like I'm an open nerve and it's very difficult for me to protect myself against negativity in the world (energy suckers), instead of focussing on the good or even neutral things. This leads to depression and anxiety.
Rationalising doesn't seem to help me much (maybe not so strange for an "enFj"),  so I have reduced talking to people about my "condition" considerably and started to try alternative strategies, that work on a subconscious level. 

EMDR was one of them, and it worked quite well. It freed me of a nasty relation I kept "making"  between pain in my chest (an image of knives cutting in my flesh) and my mothers wounds as a result for treating her breastcancer. She died 15 years ago, and one year ago I took EMDR. Two sessions and the relation between the two was gone! 

Another example: when you suffer from anxiety: blow on your tumb and tension will decrease the anxiety because your tumb contains nerves that control your heart rate. Blowing it sends message to your heart and tell it to slow down. 

This week I downloaded an app called Reduce anxiety. It's based on "anxiety Mint" that uses Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) to reduce anxiete. I quote:  

Studies have shown that CBM can be just as effective as talk therapy and medication in reducing anxiety. CBM has been clinically proven to reduce anxiety in 2 hours (or less).
CBM is based on the idea that people who suffer from anxiety tend to have an attentional bias towards threatening information. For example, in a room full of people, an anxious person will likely focus on the one person who gave them an awkward, ‘unfriendly’ look.
CBM works by altering these negative attentional biases. It achieves this with a simple yet highly effective program which encourages the user to focus on positive information.
During the CBM session, 4 images will appear on the screen - 3 negative images and 1 positive image. You must try to tap the positive image as quickly as possible. Points are awarded for speed. As you learn to seek out and focus on the positive information (the smiling faces) your scores will begin to improve and you will start to notice a decrease in your overall anxiety levels.
You can adjust session length in settings. You should try to complete about 15 minutes of CBM per week. This can be reduced to a maintenance level of 5 minutes per week once you have your anxiety under control.

Well, it's worth a try...

Or this:

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