Why allow our emotional bodies to dictate how we think and who we are, when we can work with the body instead, right? I mean for how long have you been pushed around by your body? Your body telling you what to do and what not to do, who’s a threat and who’s not, basically deciding how you live as a whole.
It’s time we co-operated with the body in order to bring about long term healing for health anxiety.
Body centred healing for health anxiety is quite a new approach to healing if you ask me. For years the goal was to learn how to think through our problems, even our somatic ones. The problem with strictly cognitive ways of healing health anxiety is we default back to ‘positive thinking’ which in turn puts us right back into the loop of dread and catastrophizing.
This happens because the body is the largest part of the subconscious mind.
The brain is just one part of this deeper part of us and without a somatic approach coupled with a cognitive one there will only be minimal improvements. This is why I’ve found that hypnosis for example without bodily engagement leads to minimal improvements long term for health anxiety (my personal story).
When we convince the body that a threat is no longer present, we in turn convince the heart.
When the heart is convinced of a new meaning over something life becomes a smooth and pleasant ride. So the question then becomes ‘how do we engage in body centred healing techniques for health anxiety?’ Before we go there we must first understand the mindset of this approach.
The 3 keys to making the body centred skill sets work for you:
- Embrace vulnerability – You will feel uncomfortable. But no more running, only facing.
- Practice patience – Avoid being led by your impatience and instead be led by your inner trust in what you’re doing.
- Stay relentless – Keep doing the skill sets while being open to the new insights about you and this world that come from them.
Health anxiety sufferers who’ve dedicated themselves to healing either have a mindset problem, a skill set problem, or both.
A mindset problem says…
“I know all I need to do and have an abundance of techniques, yet I don’t know how to begin.” This mindset problem usually goes hand in hand with a hidden fear of change and the upcoming unknown world they’re stepping into. There is also undeservedness and potential disconnect from others that they feel may come to play here.
A skill set problem says…
“I’m inspired but I don’t know what to apply from moment to moment when things get challenging.” These people many times don’t believe they can change, therefore they sabotage the skill sets given to them. They also feel a sense of belonging and comfort within health anxiety that leads them to talking themselves out of finding and applying the necessary skill sets.
When you have both a mindset and skill set problem it may mean that…
You need more time around the Youtube videos, Apple podcasts, and Facebook Members Lounge. When a health anxiety sufferer is presented with new options on how to respond to their physical symptoms there is hesitation at first. After this hesitation there is the act of changing their regular responses to their patterns, which comes with more inner resistance.
More time with the proper knowledge, self care, and people will help you to leave the world of hoping and trying the new changes, and lead to committing and receiving.
So what is the body centred healing approach for health anxiety
In the most simplistic way of explaining how to engage in body based healing we can consider these components:
- To feel the worrisome symptoms of anxiety fully therefore naturally having a separate interpretation of them
- To move our attention slowly from one concerning area of the body to another
- Looking to synchronize the thoughts towards the sensation and the neutral emotion together
Many people today promote the idea of acceptance of what is concerning to us but leave a few steps out. These steps that must be practiced prior to naturally feeling a certain level of acceptance include:
- Fully experiencing the very thing we’ve been looking to avoid through body focused healing for health anxiety
- Understanding why it’s important to fully accept these sensations as natural reactions to the environment
- Replacing self hatred and self sabotage with self love
These are essential components to naturally allowing acceptance over the things we fear to arise. Remember, you are not your mind, your emotions, your bodily sensations or your imagination. These are unconscious reactions that have become habitual so you think that they are the real you when this is not the case.
Your true authentic and divine self recognizes the difference between a reaction and a response.
In the health anxiety world this means that a reaction is led by irrational fear and a response is based around self love. If self love is to come into our lives again and overtake irrational fear we must practice this body centred healing for health anxiety exercise daily (sitting or lying down, either one is fine):