Change Your Interpretations to Reduce Anxiety
The interpretations you make in stressful situations can strongly affect the emotional responses you experience. Recognizing when your interpretation of a situation, rather than the situation itself, is causing anxiety gives you a new way to reduce anxiety and take charge of your emotional reactions. The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you can change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you’ll become.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the best-selling audiobook Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry. Written by clinical psychologist Dr. Catherine Pittman and researcher Elizabeth Karle, this audiobook presents a greater understanding how anxiety is created in the brain, along with empowering, proven-effective techniques to overcome it.
What’s in this episode?
Dr. Pittman and Ms. Karle offer great advice about being mindful of your interpretations during stressful situations and considering the possibility of modifying them. Interpretations are often shaped by past experiences and expectations, so it sometimes take a bit of practice to think through the situation and identify a more helpful way to interpret it. However, having the ability to change your interpretations can often go a long way toward helping you reduce anxiety.
We’ll help you use neuroplasticity, along with an understanding of how the cortex and amygdala pathways work, to make lasting changes in your brain. You can use this information to transform your brain’s circuitry so that it resists anxiety, rather than creating it.