Anxiety is a standard emotional reaction similar to happiness, sorrow, anger etc. It creates awareness in an individual for a particular situation and helps in focusing on the situation. In fact, anxiety is an obvious response to stressful occurrences in life like financial troubles, exams, changing jobs, etc. but when it leads to severe behavior, it becomes a disorder. There are three common types of anxiety –

The anxiety that comes up when we are worried that something wrong might happen in the future.

The anxiety that comes up due to medical reasons like medication, insomnia, etc.

The anxiety comes out of nowhere, without any thought or trigger. It usually occurs due to fights, faulty interactions, etc. and is often unmanageable for people who�ve been through traumatic phases in life.


What are the symptoms/signs of anxiety?

  • Excessive worrying
  • Feeling of agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Irritation
  • Tensed muscles
  • Insomnia
  • Irrational fears
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea & dizziness


How can NLP help in reducing your anxiety?


  1. Meditation

Meditation alters the working of the brain which results in lesser anxiety but the emotions of anxiety tend to process faster.

How to perform this technique?

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Study your body on the inside from the top of your head to the tips of your toes and notice all the sensations happening inside.
  3. Now, imagine a bright ping-pong ball-sized light that metaphorically represents calm, and shift your focus with the ball to your ankles.
  4. Then the belly button.
  5. Then solar plexus.
  6. Then the chest.
  7. Then throat.
  8. Behind the eyebrows.
  9. Above the head.
  10. Make the ball slightly larger. It is now even calmer.
  11. Hit the same points on the way down.
  12. Make the ball larger, and go up again.
  13. Repeat the process.
  14. Grounding

Grounding exercises also alter the mechanism of the brain. Here is how it is combined with NLP to boost its effect.

Imagine or think about the most calming environment you�ve ever been in and try to see, hear and feel the calmness. Now, try to modify that environment. (eg. dim it, make it smaller or larger, moving, still, large, small, wide-angle, narrow, etc.) After this, try to play with the imaginary sound of your environment like try to add volume or rhythm. Lastly, try experimenting with the kinesthetic submodalities – breathing deeper or slower, releasing any tension inside the body, relax all your muscles.

  1. Pretend As-if

People often tend to confuse excitement and anxiety as both emotions are related to something that is going to or might happen in future. Considering stress as a negative aspect ultimately causes more stress and prompts us to take action.

Pretend As-If pattern of NLP is all about eliminating anxiety and pretending that you�re excited about a particular situation. When an individual is told to pretend about being excited, no or significantly less anxiety is experienced.

If you or someone you know is facing anxiety issues on a regular basis, try these techniques and help yourself calm down. Changeworx is one of the best NLP training institutes in India and NLP Trainer Amit Pathak can help you in the best ways possible.

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