The Answer is in Your Hands

Understanding Freedom from Anxiety & Panic

Take a look at your hands.

Did you do it? Don’t just read on. Take a good look at your hands.

I’ll get back to your hands in a moment. But first I want to share with you a story a friend of mine shared with me. Afterwards I’ll explain how the story relates to your anxiety and your hands. My friend wrote…

This past weekend my wife and I were away for one of our Romantic Retreats. We went to Havre de Grace, MD, a quaint old town, and we stayed in a small 2-story cottage.

On Sunday, while we strolled through the tree lined streets admiring the old Victorian Inns, we passed one that was hosting an outdoor wedding. The aisle for the bride and groom started at the sidewalk and ended at the wedding canopy just 50 feet from the street. We happened to walk by just as the ceremony began. I was interested in what the pastor would say to the young bride and groom.

Wedding ceremonies are a time for idealism not realism; so I wasn’t expecting to hear profound words from the pastor. But to my surprise, she led the bride and groom through a meaningful “exercise” and offered them sound advice. I’m going to paraphrase and use my own words, but essentially here’s what happened.

The pastor acknowledged that brides and grooms usually gaze into each other’s eyes with heartfelt emotion (she paused to notice that that’s exactly what the bride and groom in front of her were doing). She spoke about the innocence of that look and the sea of feelings shared without a word ever spoken. But then the pastor kindly asked the bride and groom to bow their heads and to look at their hands.

It’s amazing how the energy in a place can shift in a moment. When the bride and groom turned their attention from each other’s eyes to their hands it was as if the pastor had transported them from a fairy-tale to a drama. And then the pastor explained as follows.

You decided to spend the rest of your life together because of your FEELINGS. But the rest of your life together will be decided by your ACTIONS.

“Take a good look at your hands,” the pastor requested of them. “Because it’s what you DO in the years ahead that will determine what you SEE in each other’s eyes.”

In other words, what you see is NOT what you get. What you DO is what you will see.

Take a good look at your hands again, because your level of anxiety and fear is in YOUR HANDS. In other words, it’s your ACTIONS that determine your emotions. It’s your RESPONSE to your anxiety that governs your emotional state. Respond properly and you’re free. Remain clueless and you’ll suffer forever. 

People suffering from anxiety tend to focus on their feelings. And those feelings usually inhibit their actions.

I made this mistake for years. I kept focusing on my feelings. I felt scared, uncomfortable, intimidated, and anxious. And I thought for sure that changing these feelings was the key to resolving my anxiety.

It’s natural to conclude that it’s the feelings that need to be addressed. But in most cases this is NOT the case. It’s your actions that need to change. And changing your actions can change your feelings.

Think about it. You don’t jog two miles or skip dessert because you feel healthy. You feel healthy because you jog 2 miles and skip dessert. It’s works the same with anxiety. There are certain actions that lead to new feelings, particular behaviors that provide relief.

Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws that govern anxiety and panic. Just as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your life WILL make you emotionally stronger. It’s a direct cause and effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable – you can get relief from anxiety.

How? What are the laws? Specifically what actions relieve anxiety?

This is exactly the question I answer in Dr. Dan’s Anxiety Plan. Dr. Dan’s Anxiety Plan is all about bringing you out of the dark. The point of the plan is to inform you of simple actions you can take to overcome panic and anxiety. Those actions will lead you to positive emotions and to freedom from symptoms stemming from anxiety and panic.

Included with Dr. Dan’s Anxiety Plan is a series of teleconferences. You can get started today though, because immediately after you register you can login to the members-only area where you get access to step-by-step audio, video, and written instructions for overcoming anxiety and panic. I encourage you to take a look and see if you think the program is something that can help you.

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