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As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, and daily stress levels rise to new heights, Indiana Hypnotist is, Wally Post, is doing something about it.
Studies have shown that facing uncertainty is often scarier than facing physical pain,
The human grain over millennia has developed an aversion to uncertainty. It is a carry-over from our inherent “fight -or flight” reaction to threat. In our constant quest for certainty in our lives, we are wired to “catastrophize” – to view a given situation as worse than it actually is.
And this leads to worry, which in turn leads to anxiety.
“For many of us who have never experienced events that have an enormous impact on everyday lives, these are unprecedented times,” Wally said. “Some people may already suffer with low-level anxiety and have found their symptoms have ramped up recently; other might be feeling new physical and psychological strains for the first time.”
The lack of answers to questions raised by the current uncertainty- “What will happen?”, “What is the future for us?”, “What if my livelihood is threatened?” – can lead to frustration, anger and aggression.
Wally says: “Awareness is the key. It is our superpower.”
He suggests that feelings of uncertainty can be mitigated by the following:
Be conscious of the “worry story” you tell yourself – and try to distance yourself from it.
Focus on breathing – take long, slow breaths.
Recognize the need to rise above “fight -or -flight”.
Accept the uncertainty – and allow yourself to stop the struggle against it.
“I have spent years helping people to cope with and reduce anxiety. The techniques I teach my clients, whatever the triggers for their condition, can also be applied successfully int this current pandemic.
To some degree it is natural to worry, and we all do it – how our grain handles problems or potential problems, Wally explained. But it stops being useful if we become stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts about things that are out of our control. We should instead focus on those things within our control, and how we choose to respond to them.
One such way people have been trying to exercise control and diminish their worries is by the unhelpful practice of ‘panic-buying goods, such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Wally puts this down to an overload of the ‘fight -or-flight’ response that is hardwired to our DNA and is being further fueled by images of empty shelves in the media, and on social media.
He added, it’s an exaggeration of a natural reaction – we think we’re fighting for our survival. Suddenly, certain items take on greater significance than usual and just possessing them seems to calm our fears, that is until the net bout of fear takes hold about a different ‘essential’ item/
This pandemic has many repercussions beyond the actual virus. One is the potential impact on mental health and wellbeing as people try to manage an increasingly stressful situation. Feel free to call me, my phone consultations are always free.
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