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How Neuroplasticity Helps Overcome Anxiety

Priya Johnson Jan 13, 2020
Stress is the body’s natural response of ‘fight and flight’ in response to danger. However, chronic stress and anxiety resulting from the uncertainty of the future can have detrimental effects on our state of mind.

What is Anxiety

Anxiety is the body’s response to the fear of the future. We’re afraid of something unpleasant happening to us, irrespective of whether it actually happens or not.

Can Neuroplasticity help Overcome Anxiety?

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to adapt and change according to situations. Changing the way your brain responds to a trigger can relieve the body’s anxiety levels.

Identify Triggers

Anxiety lowers optimal output, so identify what triggers anxiety and deal with it. Often certain tasks, deadlines or challenges increase our anxiety levels.

Differentiate between Past, Present and Future

Anxiety arises from unpleasant memories of past experiences and though the present threat may not be so severe, our anxiety levels uncontrollably soar presuming the worst.

Rewiring the Brain is the 'key'

Once the trigger has been identified, it’s time to reprogram your thoughts. Don’t assume your brain thinks a certain way and cannot be changed. You have authority to train your thoughts.

Replace Negative Thoughts with Positive

Negative thoughts spearhead doubt, fear, and anxiety. Consciously replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts and affirmations. This helps rewire your brain.

Deal With the Past

Brushing things under the carpet always comes back to bite. Allow your past to resurface and as it does, use it to strengthen you. Allow your failures to fuel your success.

Find Order in the Chaos

Our lives will always be filled with the unexpected. Don’t expect life to flow entirely as planned, because it never does. When life gets chaotic, find order in it.

Face Your Fears

Often the thought of facing our fear paralyses us, even before we actually face the situation. The best way to rewire your brain is by facing your fears. Overcoming boosts confidence.

Practice

The fear of failure or not being able to live upto expectations is what triggers anxiety and stress. Spend time practicing and refining your skills.

Keep Learning

New learnings create new neural pathways, so keep motivating yourself to learn new skills. This will not only remodel your brain, but also boost confidence and reduce overall anxiety levels.

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