“If Health Anxiety Was A Sport, I Would Have Won The Gold Everyday.”
People must have assumed that I loved myself greatly when they recognized the amount of times I’d feel my body throughout the day. It was almost like the touching of the throat, or stomach, or head kept me from all hell breaking loose! A little touch here, a little feel there, and I prevented the worst catastrophic thing from happening right? Wrong.
The mind can play many tricks on a person, and bodily symptoms of anxiety are the greatest trick of them all
Health anxiety habits such as feeling the body, over-peeing, and excessive yawning can all be explained. A particular sensitizing event created a self punishing program (ISE) within (a calling to fulfill unconsciously), that led to subsequent sensitizing events (SSE), which then led to firmed up beliefs over what we’re worth and how life should be lived, which then leads to the extreme bodily symptoms of anxiety and the constant mis-interpreting of them.
Like walking a tight-rope, a health anxiety sufferers tight grasp over the bodily sensations and thoughts in the mind keep him/her from losing complete control. But the real control within was in fact lost long time ago
Uncertainty isn’t very liked in a health anxiety sufferers world. The answers to everything must be here and now, and there’s no space for any wiggle in between. How can it be any other way in a health anxiety sufferers mind? The doctors don’t take into consideration the pent up emotions within that may be causing the feelings. It seems they’re incapable at this point of diagnosing a physical feeling as a psycho-somatic issue.
It’s got to be something physically wrong with the person, so the physical tests and exams begin. Couple this with the extreme bewilderment (and laziness) of the sufferers support team as to what might be going on, and they believe a physical ailment is present as well. Friends think you’re losing your mind and slowly distance themselves from you as well.
All the while you’re so caught up in protecting yourself from dying, you can’t seem to grasp even a glimpse of the miracles happening around you
You may be thinking, if the bodily sensations and health anxiety habits (like googling symptoms) are due to a subconscious program calling for self-punishment and suffering, why? Because safety comes before love. There are associations that have been etched into the brain and body over the years. These associations mainly built around the formula of safety = certainty becomes priority #1 for the subconscious mind, and it is relentless in pursuing the calling.
That’s not the only problem, there’s an even bigger problem when it comes to health anxiety habits than the subconscious mind
It’s called the critical factor. This is a part of the subconscious that protects the inner programs like a security guard at a nightclub. Anything that doesn’t already fit the vibe of the club (meaning your stored belief systems), doesn’t get in. So there you are living your life through 2 different people in constant conflict.
One, the conscious you
The one who desires life! Who’s sick of living within the realm of fear, worry, and the constant need for control and certainty.
Two, the subconscious you
The one looking to fulfill the calling set out between conception and 4 years of age. The parent and authority figure based self image of yourself. It’s like David vs Goliath, but this time David loses, constantly.
No amount of motivation, fighting, or desire can by-pass the critical factor
This is where altered state work comes in. If a health anxiety sufferer truly wants to end their health anxiety habits and find freedom, they have to send that security guard (critical factor) out to lunch and communicate directly with the subconscious. Being in an altered state means three things:
- You relax the mind
- You relax the body
- You strengthen your focus
When the mind and body are in a relaxed state, and the focus is set on communicating with the subconscious mind directly, magic happens. This can be done through regression work, where a hypnotist or NLP practitioner takes you back to the moments the sensitization occurred to release the pent up emotions that are stored in you like an overflowing box. You would then get forgiveness, release guilt, end the blame, spread the love, communicate safety to your subconscious mind and move forward.
Or through suggestion work, where the person repeats a specific mantra, or listens to a specific mantra while simultaneously imagining the desired outcome being fulfilled through the imagination (remember, positive expectation of the outcome being on it’s way is crucial).
Health anxiety habits are nothing more than behaviours that a person has repeated over and over that they believe serves a purpose
That purpose is to protect. What to protect from differs from one health anxiety sufferer to the next, but it’s not protecting anything in reality. It’s only giving the sufferer what they DON’T want, to live life within the realm of chaos and fear, and that is no way to live.