Confusion and Anxiety
Now that things are beginning to return to some form of normality, it’s only natural to feel worried about it. We humans are very adaptable creatures, so we have become used to the reality of Lockdown very quickly and may be a little anxious at the thought of having to go back out into the big, wide world again.
We are complicated creatures too. So many thoughts buzzing around in our heads. So many different ways of seeing things. So many different ways of feeling things. So many different ways of responding or reacting to things. It’s no wonder we feel anxious sometimes!
Fight or Flight
When we are feeling anxious or stressed or frightened it is difficult to make rational decisions. Each of these emotional states puts the more primitive part of our brain in control and leads us towards a flight or fight reaction.
The flight or fight response is all about survival. Keeping us alive. It works really well when we are in a situation of acute danger. If we were confronted by a wild animal, there is no time to stop and think, we need to act immediately! Generally speaking we will run, fight or freeze but we don’t get to choose, we just do. That’s not very helpful in most situations, it doesn’t allow us to think rationally.
The current situation has raised most peoples’ anxiety levels, making them less able to think clearly and more likely react than to respond. Have you found yourself feeling confused? Or a bit short-tempered? Or anxious about going out again? It may be that you have conflicting thoughts in your head too, which is pretty exhausting.
The good news is that we are adaptable. We have adapted to the current situation and we are just as capable of re-adjusting to something closer to normality. If you are finding that difficult, it’s probably because that primitive part of your brain is too loud, drowning out the intellectual part.. The way to shut that off is find a way to reduce the anxiety and get your intellectual brain back in charge.
The 3 P’s
In my last blog, I spoke about the importance and benefits of doing something you enjoy every day. Let me expand on this a bit more. In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we speak about the 3 P’s. These are 3 types of behaviour that are good for our mental health:
- Taking positive action or doing some positive physical activity, that is, physical activity that we enjoy.
- Positive interaction with other people, having enjoyable social interactions. At the moment that is largely from a distance but that still works!
- Thinking positively. Try and keep your focus on the good things in life, it doesn’t matter how small they may seem, they still count.
The 3 P’s work to top up our levels of neurotransmitters. Chemicals like Seratonin and Dopamine. This is the stuff that keeps us motivated, happy and able to cope with the ups and downs of life.
On Spring watch the other night, Chris Packham was talking about the benefits of being outside and how just being out there will increase those neurotransmitter levels. He described Dopamine as the WOW compound. The release of Dopamine is what makes you feel WOW. Perhaps when you see something truly beautiful, or see something happening for the first time, like your child taking his or her first steps.
What’s made you think WOW today? What makes you happy? Increasing the amount of time you spend doing the P’s will increase the levels of these neurotransmitters, decrease your anxiety, and put the intellectual brain back in charge.
That will allow you to make rational decisions. Decisions that are the right ones for you.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you to make positive changes in your life, help you to be the person you want to be. I am not able to hold face to face consultations at the moment, but I am offering online consultations on Zoom. Please be assured that these are just as effective. I would be very happy to arrange a trial session so you can see how it works. If you would like to talk to me about this, or anything else, please call or text me on 07850 732761. You can also email me on firstname.lastname@example.org