Juggling your way out of anxiety

This is a very useful (non-EFT) method for reducing anxiety recommended by Andy Austin. All you need is your anxiety and a tennis or juggling ball. Brain scan studies have demonstrated that anxiety only occurs in one hemisphere of the brain. If you force the both hemispheres of the brain to communicate with some physical actions then the anxiety state can be quickly diminished.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Conjure up the state of anxiety (if you are troubled by anxiety you may not need to do much conjuring).
  2. Holding your hands out in front of you, elbows bent as if you were holding a tray. Toss the ball back and forth between your hands. The ball must cross in front of you as you catch and throw. As you do this you will find your anxiety level beginning to diminish.
  3. After a while stop ‘juggling’ to guage your level of anxiety. Typically it will be reduced.
  4. Continue juggling and checking until the anxiety is reduced to zero.

You can use this process when the anxiety arises or imagine an anxiety provoking situation and reduce the anticipated anxiety. Here’s a video explanation and demonstration of this approach by Andy Austin on YouTube.

Nigel Hetherington and I of IntegrityNLP are hosting a two day Excellence in Therapy workshop with Andy Austin on June 21st & 22nd. We’ve both done some training work with him and we are very impressed with what he does and how he presents.

Get in touch if you would like some more information.

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