Panic attacks can happen to anyone, anywhere. They make your pulse race, your body heat up and shiver at the same time, and numb your mind with dread. One psychotherapist has discovered a solution to completely cure his patients of panic attacks. It's all about rewiring your brain to react differently when a panic attack rears its ugly head.
Klaus Bernhardt from the UK has studied the brain extensively and finds that negative thinking leads the brain straight down the road of anxiety. That's the bad news. The good news is that positive thinking can lead the brain off the road of anxiety and far away from impending panic attacks.
How Does This Work?
Bernhardt likes to use the Ten Sentence Method. He asks his patients to write down ten sentences that describe how their life would be like if it was amazing. The sentences must not contain any negatives, even hidden negatives such as "debt-free" or "carefree." The sentences should be specific and in the present tense. Also, they should involve goals that can be achieved without someone else's help. An example of a good sentence is "I love cooking healthy food for myself and my family."
The next part involves a trick to rewire your brain. Spend 20 minutes every day on one of your sentences. Think about it in terms of your five senses, one separate sense at a time. All those sensory details helps your brain reprogram itself.
There's another important step to keeping away anxiety. Bernhardt urges his patients to identify their anxiety triggers, and write a sentence about the trigger. Write another sentence about something someone said to make you happy. If you think about the negative sentence and then the positive sentence, can you notice a change in the ear that you're hearing them in? Bernhardt claims that they will usually be heard on different sides of the head. This can be used against panic! Mentally shift negative thoughts to the positive ear, and you'll find the focus is different, and the negative thought won't be quite as believable.
Bernhardt's tricks to cancel out anxiety using positive thoughts has worked for more than 70 percent of his patients. He strongly believes that once you begin to notice the patterns your anxiety follows, you can mentally reverse the direction of your thoughts and stop the panic attack.
This is amazing news in the world of psychotherapy. If interested in learning more about this and related topics, visit the Mental Health section of our blog.
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