Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) can help us to uncover and understand the root causes of anxiety, stress and depression and identify changes that need to be made. It could be anything from dealing with fears and phobias and negative beliefs to resolving issues from the past or worries about the future.

Working with a NLP coach will allow you to really get to the bottom of underlying issues, so that you can manage your life more resourcefully and move forward. Valuable NLP techniques will introduce you to new ways of thinking, which in turn, will bring balance to your life.

If anxiety, stress or depression is something you struggle with, try these tips to get you back on track:

Exercise and physical activity – known to improve mood and increase endorphins in the system.

Regular sleeping pattern – keeping to a regular sleep pattern can reduce negative feelings and worry and getting enough sleep is also important.

Be mindful – oodles of research shows this can help with anxiety, stress and depression.

Yoga – well know for preventing and reducing stress in the long and short term and in itself, creates time out in the lesson.

Meditation – a powerful way to gain control of physical tension and find inner peace.

Relaxation – can calm the emotions and clear the mind. Relaxed people are more creative and can solve problems more easily, seeing things from a different perspective.

Stop and ask yourself – if a stressful thought occurs, first ask yourself whether it’s true, if it isn’t, let it go and if it is, ask yourself whether the thought is helpful? From here you can decide on a strategy to deal with it. Does it serve you a positive intention?

Write it down – make a note of things that are bothering you. Often when you actively address problems, research issues and brainstorm solutions – it can help in itself. If daily problems are really getting you down, consider setting aside a specific time when you can think about them. In this way you can compartmentalise so that you can get on with your life for the rest of the day.

NLP uses positive verbal and body language to work towards improving anxiety. Neuro Linguistic Programming therapy uses association and dissociation techniques to change individuals€™ emotional connections with certain objects and situations. Over time, individuals are able to change their thoughts and beliefs in order to eliminate their anxiety and have a more positive outlook on life.

A big part of NLP anxiety therapy involves setting and achieving goals. NLP can help individuals to discover what they really want to achieve and enable them to come up with ways in which they can work towards accomplishing their goals. When setting goals, it is important that they are realistic and measurable. When an individual can see the progress they are making, they will feel motivated to keep up the good work.

A method I use with clients that they can teach themselves is called the Submodality Shift.

Submodality shift – NLP

The images and sounds that we experience in our mind, and which cause an emotion, can easily be changed to become less intense. This can be done in another way besides dissociation. Our visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (feelings) experiences are called our Modalities. Our submodalities are finer distinctions of those modalities. An easy way to use NLP submodalities to reduce stress is to simply push that image or sound inside your mind into the distance. Depending on the clients PRS (Preferred representation system) this method is very effective and quick.

Like what you are reading and would like to explore NLP Life coaching with me? Contact me for a 1:1 15 minute consultation to see if this is the right fit for you.

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