People who describe themselves as anxious often complain that they do not feel in control of their body. Anxiety can create erratic breathing, tense muscles, a foggy mind and a heart that feels as though it will burst out of the chest. The feeling of impeding death/chaos/doom that accompanies the physical sensations can leave a person feeling out of control, scared and even angry.
We need to feel that we are in control of our bodies. When a lack of control is experienced the individual may initially fight for control, feel inadequate and eventually lose hope about regaining control. Control of the body is a basic need.
Often there is a feeling of being let down, as though the body is separate from the rest of the self. Anger, frustration and disappointment in one’s body is common when anxiety symptoms become rampant. Preoccupation with physical symptoms allows the anxious person to deny responsibility for o managing their emotional state.
Focusing on physical symptoms allows the anxious person to deny the possibility of creating new mindsets that will ultimately create new physical outcomes. This is not a popular opinion; however, long term therapy and medication rarely resolve bodily sensations experienced by the individual who describes themselves as anxious.
Let’s put this in a learning/conditioning/programming perspective-the anxiety we experience as a new born is due to our unformed brains focusing on getting our most basic needs met. The reptilian brain demands that its needs be met and does so through squalling. As we become adults our primitive gratification system needs to take a back seat. Fight/flight/freeze needs should become secondary responses, not automatic and primitive. The body needs .to be retrained. The subconscious mind stores automatic physical responses that will continue to be played out until a new program is in place. Our ideal self, via the executive brain has the ability to create new responses.