I’m really having fun learning simple but effective ways to quickly reduce anxiety, and today I have another good one for you!
Today we will do a modified version of EMDR. All you need is some anxiety and your 2 eyes.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is used most by therapists to help patients with anxiety, phobias, depression and PTSD. Here is a short animated video that explains how it works:
First you call up what is bothering you and making you anxious. Put whatever it is vividly in your mind.
Next move your eyes back and forth, back and forth.
In the video it says to go rapidly, but when I did it with a therapist last fall, when I do it on myself, and when I do this on my patients who are anxious, I go slower. I tend to get dizzy and I find going slow works very well.
By moving your eyes back and forth again and again, it helps your focus move out of the emotional part of your brain, and back into the rational side of your brain.
The effect is you notice that your anxiety becomes much much less. Whatever was bothering you loses it’s emotinal charge.
When the emotional charge is lessened, the anxiety goes away. *Poof!* 🙂
You will notice that this works very quickly.
I have used this very successfully on my patients. I did a session with one woman who was so anxious before her surgery, she almost cancelled it. This poor woman desperately needed her knee replaced, but she hadn’t been to the doctor in decades and was panicked on her day of surgery.
I now routinely do this with my patients post anesthesia when they wake up anxious. Patients with histories of anxiety or PTSD often wake up agitated, and this helps calms them very nicely.
It also helps me when I’m anxious, so I know it can help you too! Give this a try the next time you are anxious! If you are at work, just go right into the bathroom for a quick break.
I’ll be sharing even more FREE, super easy tips going forward. 🙂
Let me know what you think!
I wish you peace,
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