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How NLP For Anxiety Can Help With Your Symptoms

Mental health problems are on the rise. Their prevalence has increased far more dramatically than in other severe illnesses. Anxiety is the main culprit, and it’s disproportionately affecting young women.

So, what can we do to help those suffering from this debilitating condition? Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is one potential anxiety therapy.

Read on to learn the role that NLP for anxiety can play. We’ll also examine the latest available NLP techniques for anxiety so that you can see how they work in practice.

Understanding Anxiety

Around 3.4 million people, or 17 per cent of the population, suffer from some form of anxiety in Australia. Two tranches of society have seen significantly increased rates of mental disorders, mainly related to anxiety. These are young people and LGBTQI+ Australians.

Anxiety is a natural stress response. It manifests itself through feelings of worry, unease or fear. These feelings, in turn, can cause physical symptoms too. It’s normal to experience anxiety from time to time. However, excessive or prolonged anxiety can have a detrimental effect on a person’s overall well-being and can become a disorder.

We classify disorders into types such as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and social anxiety disorder. Symptoms vary but can include problems concentrating,  restlessness, irritability and difficulty sleeping. You might also experience a rapid heartbeat, digestive issues, shortness of breath or even heart problems.

It’s vital to have a strategy to manage and reduce anxiety. NLP for anxiety can help us beat this unpleasant condition and regain control over our lives.

What is Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)?

NLP is a psychological structure that concentrates on the connection between our thoughts, language patterns and behaviour. It examines how we look at the world internally and how this shapes our experiences. It can help us reframe our thoughts to achieve desired outcomes.

We can use NLP for anxiety to identify and alter negative thought patterns. We can then develop new, more helpful ways of thinking which allow us to respond better to anxiety-inducing situations.

The NLP umbrella includes a wide range of techniques and strategies that we can tailor to a person’s needs. By working with a trained NLP practitioner, those suffering from anxiety can learn and apply these techniques to help manage their anxiety.

Examples of How NLP For Anxiety Works:

Identifying Thought Patterns: Individuals gain an awareness of negative thinking patterns and the language they use internally. By spotting and challenging these patterns, they can start to reframe their thoughts and then replace negative self-talk with more positive and empowering language.

Managing Emotions: Individuals get given the tools they need to regulate their emotions. Skills like anchoring mean they can learn to move their emotional state from anxiety to calmness. They can then manage stressful situations more effectively.

Changing Limiting Beliefs: Anxiety can originate from deep-rooted beliefs that restrict a person’s perception of themselves and the world. Reframing can help challenge and restructure these limiting beliefs, nurturing personal growth and boosting self-confidence.

Visualisation techniques: These help develop positive mental imagery and play out successful outcomes. By imagining being able to cope in anxiety-inducing situations, a person can build resilience and confidence.

NLP techniques tend to work best when combined with other evidence-based therapies under the supervision of a qualified professional.

Three key NLP techniques that can help overcome anxiety are Anchoring, Reframing and Visualisation. They may sound simple, but it takes a lot of hard work to achieve lasting results. Here’s a little about each and an outline of how to achieve them:

Anchoring

Anchoring encompasses associating an anchor like a touch, word or visualisation with a desired state of relaxation or calmness. By repeatedly combining the anchor with the desired state, it’s possible to bring about that state by simply activating the anchor. Here’s how the process can work in practice.

  • Find a quiet place where you can be comfortable
  • Focus on a time when you were calm and in control
  • Remember the many details of the experience, e.g. sounds, sights and feelings
  • Choose an anchor, such as gently tapping your wrist
  • Repeat this process, anchoring positive feelings with the physical action
  • Whenever you feel anxious, activate the anchor through the physical gesture

Reframing

Reframing involves altering how we experience and interpret anxiety-inducing scenarios.

When we reframe our thoughts and beliefs, we can change our perspective and lessen the anxiety associated with particular triggers. Here’s the process, step-by-step:

  • Identify situations that trigger anxiety and consider how you interpret them
  • Challenge negative thoughts and look for alternative perspectives
  • Ask yourself how someone else might experience the situation
  • Reframe your thoughts by replacing them with empowering and more accurate ones
  • Practise the reframing process to retrain your mind for more helpful thought patterns

Visualisation

Visualisation involves conjuring up vivid mental pictures to bring about relaxation and reduce anxiety. By visualising what a positive outcome or calming situation might look like, we can use our imaginations to regain a sense of control and calmness. This is how to practise the process:

  • Find a quiet place where you can be calm and comfortable
  • Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths
  • Picture yourself in a peaceful place like a warm beach or pretty garden
  • Conjure up the senses you might experience
  • Focus on these sounds, sights and smells
  • When you’ve achieved calmness, imagine overcoming anxiety-provoking situations
  • Visualise feeling in control and being calm
  • Practise this exercise often to reinforce positive mental imagery

Consistent practice is essential to master these techniques and enjoy their potential benefits. It’s also important to remember that not everyone’s experience is the same. You may have to experiment with a variety of NLP for anxiety techniques to discover what works best for you.

Mixing up NLP techniques with other evidence-based strategies, like mindfulness or cognitive-behavioural therapy, can improve the overall outcome.

Seek the Guidance of a Professional

Although online self-help apps and literature on NLP for anxiety can be of value, nothing beats seeking the guidance of a mental health professional or qualified NLP practitioner. They can offer personalised support and tailor NLP techniques to your specific anxiety issues.

Get in touch with us at Advanced Neuroligustics today and begin a journey to defeat your anxiety once and for all.

 

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