Anxiety. The Real Pandemic.

By: Dixie Bell

I lived to tell the tale. And you can too. As an anxiety survivor, I know firsthand that it can feel overwhelming and unbearable at times. I know how heavy it can feel. I spent the larger half of my life being anxious and fearful. Going through abuse, divorce, severe illnesses in the family, almost losing my sister to heart failure, and many other events really took its toll on me. I say all of that to tell you that you are not alone. My goal today is for you to have a complete mind shift. By the end of today’s article, I want you to see your life in a different light. My goal is to speak life and power over you. I want you to feel hope that having a peaceful mind is possible. Are you ready? Let’s get started.

First of all, I want you to know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you struggle with high-functioning anxiety. You are human. However, it can make you feel like no one else in the world struggles with it as you do. Trust me. You are not alone. Struggling with anxiety doesn’t mean you are weak, and it doesn’t mean that you don’t have enough faith. It means that you have been through struggles. If anything, you are probably stronger than the average person. We just need to tap into that power!

Let’s take a quick look inside your brain. Understanding how the mind works is the key to unlocking its potential. Memories, emotions, and habits create pathways in your brain called neurotransmitters. These are literal pathways that look like tiny trees in the brain. They are responsible for recurring thought patterns and making new ones.

So here’s what happens. Life experiences teach us to be fearful. Abandonment, trauma, abuse, and even fears of things like spiders and heights are learned fears. We were not born to be fearful creatures. The Bible actually tells us that God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, but one of a calm, sound mind. If all of these behaviors and triggers to our anxiety can be learned, they can be unlearned too. It’s as simple as that.

Your mind has more storage than any computer ever designed or will be designed, and it uses LITERAL electricity to send messages to the brain and body. It works faster than light speed. It’s not just physically powerful either, its intention can change the energy of physical things…but that’s a whole other story for another time. There is not enough time for me to get into quantum physics. For the time being, just trust me on this one, your brain is infinitely powerful. You can heal your body with the power of the mind. It’s incredible. Hundreds of studies have been done on this with mind-blowing results. We aren’t going to be doing anything complicated today, we are simply going to be talking about how to unlearn anxiety. I’ve done it myself and helped countless others do the same.

Reprogramming the brain is actually very simple. It’s a matter of rerecording new feelings toward anxiety triggers. This is done through meditation and breathing techniques. There are TONS of guided meditations and free information online that will help you get started on the right path! Some of my favorite mind-reprogramming gurus are Dr. Caroline Leaf, Bob Proctor, and Dr. Joe Dispenza. Do a little research on what type of meditation and breathwork is right for you. There is really no right or wrong way to go about this. Do some research, get your feet wet by trying different meditation techniques and you will be on a good path to recovery.

There are also some wonderful supplements that can help naturally reduce stress while you are working through retraining the brain. My ultimate favorite is Sure Calm. It’s a blend of nutrients and herbs that help relax the muscles and calm the mind. The good news is that it won’t make you drowsy. You can take it at any point in the day and it’s so effective! That is probably why people keep coming back for more!

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Dixie Bell