I know that something many people have trouble with is speaking or performing in front of people. Depending on your profession, it can be a tremendous and sometimes unavoidable source of stress and anxiety. What we sometimes forget is that children can especially effected too…think about how often teachers and schools require “public performances”. I know I can remember being called on by a teacher when I didn’t know the answer and how lousy I felt. After that happens a few times to a child is it any wonder why it becomes stressful to get up and put your ego on the line even when you DO KNOW the answer?
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Harnessing the Power of Military and Police Tactical Stress Control Strategies for Your Own Anxiety
When in high-pursuit of a dangerous criminal that may be carrying weapons and willing to do almost anything to evade capture, law enforcement and tactical teams such as SWAT can’t afford to let their stress response cloud their senses and functioning. The typical symptoms of stress we all occasionally feel to various degrees such as tunnel vision, shakiness or loss of fine motor skills, and the loss of ability to focus and process our surroundings quickly may be uncomfortable and frightening to the average civilian who may feel this way while driving, on an airplane, or standing in line at the grocery store, but are dramatically more costly in situations where they can be not only a deciding factor to the individuals safety and survival, but the safety of others, and even the suspect. In order to effectively and rapidly reduce physiological stress levels and maintain control even in the most extreme and anxiety provoking of circumstances, law enforcement and military training has adopted what is called “combat breathing”, an easy to remember and perform breathing technique for the reduction of both the physical and mental effects of anxiety that can be used with surprising effectiveness by anyone experiencing anxiety, stress, panic attacks or fear in everyday life.
As anyone who suffers with anxiety or panic attacks knows all too well, the burst of adrenaline into the body during high levels of stress can virtually instantly effect optimal functioning and be terribly frightening, the fear response itself sometimes being mistaken as a sign that the individual is about to lose control or “go crazy”. Once the reaction that unleashes the stress chemicals into the body has started, it is incredibly difficult to turn off, although there are specialized techniques and advanced skills that can be learned to both prevent and end anxiety such as those discussed in my programs. Combat breathing was developed to [click to continue…]
Alright, time for me to clean something up…
I know sometimes it seems like I’m against “positive thinking”, but in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.
I’m a HUGE fan of thinking positive, in fact, I think it’s the critical first step in overcoming anxiety or fear. Heck, it’s the first step to ANYTHING.
What I’m not so keen on is stopping with positive thinking and not following it up with ACTION.
Let me explain… [click to continue…]