Major Anxiety on the Runway
Her anxiety was winning and I could hear her loud and clear: “I don’t know what to do! I’ve already taken a pill and I still feel like my heart is going to jump out of my chest and I’m going to throw up!”
Her voice came from several seats behind me as we sat on the plane during boarding. I leaned over to my friend and asked, “should I go help her?” “Of course”, she replied.
I walked back and crouched down in the aisle, next to this beautiful young woman who was in the throws of a major anxiety attack- pale as a ghost, trembling, shallow breathing, etc.
First, I introduced myself and told her I was a clinical hypnotist. ” I’ve helped hundreds of people, just like you, to control anxiety. Would it be ok if I help you?”
A wave of relief washed over her, as if I had thrown her a life raft in the middle of the ocean.
After only a few short minutes, she was as calm as if she was enjoying a beautiful day at the beach. The flight attendant who had been watching this whole exchange, looked at me with eyes and mouth wide open in surprise and asked, “What did you just do?!?!”
Is this like talk therapy for anxiety?
Some people think that what I do is like talk therapy. Albert Einstein wisely said years ago “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” NO! Rather than traditional talk therapy, which focuses on talking about the problem, trying to figure out where it started and why you are anxious, I help people immediately and teach them (and you) how to use these simple techniques anytime, anywhere.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
It doesn’t need to take years to learn how to control anxiety; you don’t need to rely on a pill. I’m going to share some very simple exercises that you can begin to use NOW to change how your brain and nervous system process anxiety. They are all easy to learn, easy to use and easy to apply. They will help you get to the core of the problem and reduce anxiety quickly! They are simple, concise and to the point. These are so simple, I teach them to children!
The game changer with this is to use them on a consistent basis. Just like we brush our teeth to prevent cavities, we want to build up the habit of using these techniques to prevent the buildup of unwanted stress and anxiety.
Some of the techniques I use are hypnosis, yoga, meditation, breathwork, mindfulness and so much more!
We all experience anxiety at different points in our lives.
Whether you experience anxiety at work or your child experiences anxiety at school, isn’t it time you learned how easy it is to control anxiety, feelings of overwhelm and stress? (PS, if you are a parent, please learn and play with these for a while before you teach them to your children!)
I talked about this with Tim Collins on “The Anxiety Podcast” LISTEN HERE
UPDATE: Here’s a chilling article on anxiety from the New York Times
CLICK HERE to learn 4 simple strategies to kick anxiety to the curb.
You can learn a simple breath technique that you can begin using now CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE to get started and schedule your session now!
PS Halfway through the flight, I went back to check on my new friend – and there she sat, thumbing through a magazine as cool as a cucumber
PPS I had totally forgotten that the friend I was traveling with started out as a client years before when I helped her get over her anxiety and fear of flying!