Having recently relocated my Life Coaching business from Sydney, Australia back to Northamptonshire, I was taken back by the amount of people who have been labelled / diagnosed as suffering from anxiety or depression in the UK.
It seems to be an epidemic in the UK with statistics showing that 1 in 4 people will suffer from anxiety. In addition, anxiety and depression are now the most common mental health disorders experienced in the UK.
As a Counsellor, Life Coach and Confidence Coach I have been working with clients with anxiety in Australia for over 18 years. I also have worked both in the UK and Australia with the YMCA on mental health initiatives. Once thing I can say for sure, is that healing anxiety is possible and it doesn’t need to be as difficult as we are led to believe.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a type of fear usually associated with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, but can also arise from something happening right now. A common medical response to anxiety is to medicate with anti anxiety medication. However, this doesn’t solve the reason for the anxiety, it just masks the feeling. Yes, this is a great relief for anxiety suffers but what if you want to free yourself from anxiety for good, without the need for medication? There is an easier way that I have had great success with my clients who are suffering from anxiety and depression.
I have assisted hundreds of clients with healing anxiety. If you are familiar with my work as a Life Coach, you will know I often use the adage that life is like a flowing stream with you sitting in a canoe. Therefore, If we think of anxiety, it is simply that you have allowed your scary thoughts to gain momentum upstream for a long time. As a result, your anxious thoughts have simply gained momentum and have become your dominant emotion.
If we now add the Law of Attraction into the mix ( that which is like itself is drawn), your dominant thoughts and feelings of anxiety are just drawing more and more anxious thoughts to yourself. It is no surprise then that our minds are just filled with more and more anxious thoughts!
The good news is that Healing Anxiety is much easier than you think. First of all, it is about learning how to soothe your anxiety ‘canoe’ downstream by reaching for thoughts and feelings which give relief from anxiety. It is not about ‘ getting rid’ of negative thoughts, nor is it about just positive thinking. It is about finding a way to soothe your thoughts gradually downstream. This is a feeling, not a thinking process and it takes a little focus at first to gain momentum.
The aim is to find a way to make feeling better your dominant emotion. This is a simple and fun process I use with my clients. It is easier than you think as your canoe will be flowing downstream, rather than all that struggle upstream! Once a downstream emotion is integrated, the key is to keep it active until new neuro pathways are formed. All clients are different but this process, tailored to the unique needs of the client, will enable them empower themselves to heal their anxiety.
Here is a recent client testimonial from a client suffering from both depression and anxiety
Having suffered with depression for the past 40 years and having seen countless doctors, counsellors, psychologists, mental health centres and self-help readings, I decided I needed to engage a Life Coach. Lisa Phillips came to me (through Internet searching) and I engaged her services that had an immediate effect on me and my teenage son as we undertook confidence practice together. Twelve 12 months on my guiding path is the skills I learnt with Lisa.
Lisa helped me to find `me’ and in turn, helped those who I love. (Adrian NSW )
Award winning Life Coach and Confidence expert Lisa Phillips is the author of ‘ The Confidence Coach’. A regular in the media, Lisa uses leading edge techniques to assist her clients to tap into wellbeing. Lisa is also an enrichment cruise speaker and a popular inspirational workshop leader and speaker. To find out more, please see www.amazingcoaching.co.uk or www.howtoempoweryourstaff.co.uk