When anxiety takes hold, it can be hard to think of anything else. Often the thought turns up uninvited and proceeds to dominate your mind until something else catches your attention.
Anxious thoughts can act like a computer virus – stopping the computer from working until it is eradicated. The following ‘observe – trust – move’ technique from Barry Joe Macdonald (creator of ‘Panic Away’) has proven helpful for those who struggle with anxiety to stop anxious thoughts in less than a minute.
The first thing you should do is acknowledge that the thought is a fear. Label it as nothing more than a fear and try not to get emotionally involved with the thought.
The next step is to trust that what you are worrying about is most probably not going to happen. Most of the anxious thoughts we have are about eventualities that may or may not happen. Worrying about this is a waste of both time and energy, so it is important to trust that things will work out.
The final stage of this technique is to move your attention away from the anxious thought. Try to focus on something positive that takes your thoughts away from anxiety. It can be helpful to focus on what you are doing. Become mindful of what is around you – if you’re walking down the street, look at peoples’ clothing and take in the views and scents.
If you find that anxious thoughts are getting in the way of your daily life, it may be worth seeking help. Hypnotherapy is just one way you can re-train the mind to cope with anxiety. To find out more, take a look at our anxiety page.
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