By Brian Robinson. Anxiety can be a confusing experience. But the better we understand it: the less confusing it becomes. The critical thing to remember, is that the underlying cause of anxiety is stress or tension within the body. If our body, our emotions and our minds are relaxed, then we cannot possibly be anxious. … Continue reading Anxiety: Two Tensions
By Brian Robinson. The harbour of the mind. A good anxiety recovery plan needs an element of physical substance. When we go for a walk in the fresh air; when we avoid things like caffeine and alcohol; when we do our breathing and relaxation exercises; all these things are tangible behaviours which are psychologically relaxing. … Continue reading Anxiety Visualisation: The Harbour of the Mind.
By Brian Robinson. There is such a thing as good graffiti and bad graffiti. The central idea of the train visualisation is to help change what is happening in our mind. We gently push negative thoughts to the background: and encourage more positive thoughts to the foreground. If we try and do this using dialogue, … Continue reading Anxiety: Train Visualisation
By Brian Robinson. Colours: reflections: thoughts. Visualisation can take a thousand forms and can be used towards a variety of ends. When it is used to help with anxiety, it serves as a means of escape to a safe place; as a distraction from troublesome thoughts; and a means to relax the mind. Visualisations work … Continue reading Shamanic Cave: Relaxation and Visualisation Exercise.
By Brian Robinson. You only need to adopt a defensive posture if you have something to fear When we talk about posture in relation to anxiety we’re really talking about negative or defensive posturing. Examples of these are as follows: Sitting on the edge of your seat.Pacing up and down.Having your head bowed.Sitting with your … Continue reading Anxiety Recovery Course. Module 11: Defensive Postures and Negative Body Language.
By Brian Robinson. One of the most important advances in the treatment of anxiety and depression in recent years is the understanding of the role exercise can play in recovery. Regular exercise, even in small amounts, can alleviate symptoms and can help to lift our mood. Exercise is of course a behaviour, and all behaviours … Continue reading Anxiety Recovery Course. Module 10: Exercise.
By Brian Robinson. Subjective and objective truth. For the OCD sufferer, it's easy to see how the intrusive thoughts involved in OCD can embroil us in a battle between truth and lies. Logic may be telling you one thing: but your OCD may be telling you quite the opposite. But is this really a battle … Continue reading OCD and the Two Truths
By Brian Robinson. Thoughts. In most cases, OCD involves both intrusive thoughts and physical compulsions or rituals. The thoughts draw the sufferers attention to something that has to be done, and the sufferer is then compelled to carry out the ritual. Another way to put this, is to say that the thoughts draw the sufferers … Continue reading OCD: Thought Compulsions
By Brian Robinson. I imagine therefore it is. Visualisation now figures in many anxiety recovery programs. Pictures, videos, imaginings and a number of other visual aids are used to help re-process our minds to new versions of the truth. Versions which essentially question the beliefs associated with anxiety disorders. If you want to communicate with … Continue reading Anxiety Recovery Course. Module 9: Visualisations- Affirmations.
By Brian Robinson. Stress management can mean at least two things. Firstly, it can look at the possibilities of how we can unwind. How do we teach an already stressed system to become relaxed. And secondly, stress management can look at the strategies and techniques employed in order to prevent stress from building up in … Continue reading Anxiety Recovery Course. Module 8: Managing Stress