I have often read online that Tai Chi cures and reduces anxiety. I do not feel that Tai Chi practice alone can cure anxiety but it can definitely help. Tai Chi can teach you to learn the feeling of relaxation necessary in order to cope with anxiety symptoms. This is especially taught during fixed step Push Hands, this is a two person teaching tool in Tai Chi practice. Two people stand in a 70/30 bow stance posture facing each other, through touch try to find each others center of balance. When a Tai Chi player stiffens up, their center of balance is exposed and they are easily pushed over. To hide this center of balance, your weight is shifted over each leg to neutralize the push, you neutralize the line of attack by relaxing, neutralizing, grounding and returning the incomming force of energy. Through this practice you can understand that you become stronger through relaxation and proper body alignment.
“Strength is not born from strength. Strength can be born only from weakness. So be glad of your weaknesses now, they are the beginnings of your strength.”
– Dr. Claire Weekes
Three books I highly recommend to cure anxiety:
Four Steps to Overcoming Anxiety by Dr. Claire Weekes:
FACING what you fear (instead of avoiding it) – (Fighting the fear will only keep your nerves sensitized and make the problem worse by releasing more Adrenalin.)
ACCEPTING your symptoms, the fear, the situation.
FLOATING – not resisting or fighting the fear.
LETTING TIME PASS – allowing time for full recovery, full recovery depends on repeated experiences of being in the situations you fear, and learning that you are ok. This will begin to reduce and reverse the triggering of Adrenalin.
While these Four Steps are simple, they do take persistence and patience (with yourself) – your nervous system has become conditioned to react in this sensitized, anxious way and it takes time to reverse the process. If you practice these Four Steps you will slowly desensitize yourself.
Instead of being fearful of a panic symptoms, change your perception of them, look at them as practice for you to practice for the Four Steps to Recovery.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
– Wayne W. Dyer
Do you remember the movie Poltergeist? I found the below video on YouTube called “Go into the Light”, to me this shows one of the key components to curing anxiety. Relax and give into your fear. “There is peace and serenity in the light.” Once you give in to what you fear most you will see, it no longer has a hold on you.
This is definitely not easily done especially when you first try.
“Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, But fear is a choice.”
– Will Smith “After Earth” (2013)
As Dr’ Weekes said in her four steps to overcoming anxiety; Face, Accept, Float and Let Time Pass. If you practice this every time you experience anxious feelings, in time you will start to reverse your reaction of Adrenalin release.
Lucinda Bassett wrote in her book From Panic to Power that if you are a creative person you might be more susceptible to panic attacks. Creative people have such vivid imaginations and use their own imagination to scare themselves. We have a choice, we can think positively or negatively about our future. Start replacing your negative “What if” thoughts with positive ones. I bet that you are scaring yourself and thinking negatively about your future. This also takes practice, catch yourself, whenever you think negatively replace the thought with a positive one.
Fantastic explanation from a Doctor who explains “How to stop a panic attack” click here to view the video. Hope you find it helpful.
Disclaimer: *The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any treatment purposes. This information should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.