“Anxiety is a temporary departure from who you actually are.”
When we think about the term ‘warrior’ we may conjure up images of the old Scottish vikings or Maximus from the movie Gladiator. In this case though the meaning of ‘anxiety warriors’ is much different, and prefers peace instead of fighting. Anxiety warriors are open minded, self loving first, and work towards creating a natural flow in their lives. Here’s a deeper understanding of what an anxiety warrior truly is.
W – Lessened Willpower
Anxiety warriors understand that willpower is a finite resource, we have very limited amounts of it. This means that instead of utilizing a mindset based around ‘fighting’ anxiety, or anything that occurs on the outside, we take an opposing viewpoint completely and work towards flow. The word transition, as in “I am in a beautiful transition” shows up for an anxiety warrior during setbacks. This lessens the need to fight our thoughts, and beat ourselves up for mistakes we might have made.
A – Produces Alternatives (Thinking)
“There’s a big difference between remembering and thinking,” as the founder of NLP Richard Bandler has said. Many people think they’re thinking when in fact they’re just remembering, playing out the same thinking patterns and behaviours day after day.
A true anxiety warrior works on growing their skill sets around thinking. This means producing alternatives to any pessimistic, catastrophic, or negative thoughts that arise. These anxiety healing audiobooks I’ve created for you will help you to understand how to produce alternatives in a systematic and gentle manner.
A good example of this would be when a person begins mind reading other people. They believe they know exactly what another person is thinking about them. In this case an anxiety warrior would quickly remind themselves that there are hundreds of options as to what the other person may be thinking. And most likely, it has nothing to do with them and everything to do with what they need to do in their own lives.
This video will help you to understand how to produce alternatives in your thinking quickly:
R – Reframes Past Events
Reframing is the core of my teachings and what I’ve applied into my anxiety recovery programs. To reframe a past memory that we may label as being traumatic means to discharge the energy that was repressed due to the event. This repression of emotional energy can cause much of the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety we experience today. Anxiety warriors understand the importance of learning how to communicate with the infinite memory system within that we call the subconscious mind.
When we practice reframing on a daily basis, we begin to feel lighter. The heaviness that we carry around each day based on the same perceptions we hold over past events start to change. With this change comes changes in our perceptual filters in the present moment. This opens us up to new ways of perceiving our present and future, as well as new behaviours to implement.
This Video Explains This Idea In Detail:
R – Responds, Rather Than Reacting
Anxiety warriors understand the difference between responding and reacting. Responding means to utilize 40% of your brain called the frontal lobes. This conscious part of us is rarely used throughout the day though. Responding means utilizing logic, rationality, and considering all options before acting. Reacting on the other hand is much more automatic, and in turn doesn’t use up as much brain juice.
It’s easy to think, feel, do, and imagine what’s been habitual, but if the results in your life aren’t what you desire, it’s time to begin learning how to respond more. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) does a great job with this in regards to general and health anxiety, and you may want to consider this method as an option for healing anxiety.
I – Utilizes The Imagination Consciously
Our imagination can lead us towards heaven or hell in this lifetime. Heaven, if we choose to implement visualization with a rich sensory experience to go along with it, and hell if we allow the images in our minds to overtake our emotions. If the latter is the case, it will mold us into a frightened human being. One excellent way to implement conscious imagination for personal growth is to imagine the type of experience you want to have prior to the experience happening in your life.
The video below will provide an example of utilizing the imagination for exposure therapy, prior to the actual physical experience:
O – Becoming Open To Uncertainty
This is one of the most difficult principles to adopt, but definitely a necessity for all anxiety warriors. The need for certainty provides a sense of safety, the lack of certainty many times leads to a sense of un-ease. Soon a person perceives every unfamiliar event as a threat to their survival (involuntarily many times). The balance between certainty and uncertainty must be attained and anxiety warriors understand this, and take daily steps to gently explore uncertainty again in their lives.
R – Recaps The Day
Anxiety warriors consistently recap the day and recognize where they created good progress. They also bring to their attention moments in the day where things may have gotten away from them, such as a catastrophic thought that spider-webbed onto more and more negative and pessimistic thinking. It’s easy to focus on what’s wrong, what could go wrong, and what’s gone wrong. This is the automatic way of perceiving the day through an anxiety persons mind.
Conscious awareness on the other hand brings us full force towards the exciting journey that we’re on (which is where our Facebook community is excelling in). Healing anxiety once and for all, rather than coping with it and accepting it as an identity. It’s never who you are, it’s always something you’re doing. And it’s much easier to change something we’re doing rather than change an identity as a whole (which comes naturally when a growth mindset is undertaken).
Anxiety warriors understand the mud that they have to crawl through to get to the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a necessary path towards healing anxiety and bettering our emotional and mental health. Be proud of your current position, be proud that you took the time to read this whole post. Keep checking in with yourself as you move away from who you believed you were, and towards your true peaceful and loving inner self.