Mental health issues are very common and you may be dealing with anxiety and depression or past traumas. Whether you are worried about your finances, family problems, or other issues, anxiety can sometimes feel overwhelming. To cope with this, more people are turning to EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and processing) therapy and getting surprisingly effective results. If you are searching for answers as to how to deal with anxiety, here are four ways EMDR therapy may help.
Verbalise Less About Trauma
If you are a person who does not like to talk about your anxiety, EMDR can be very beneficial in that it does not rely on you having to talk about painful memories or situations. Instead, it lets you use your imagination to focus instead on happier thoughts and feelings, helping to reduce your anxiety- although you will have to face your fears at the right time too, in order to heal.
Reduces Physical Problems
When you feel anxious and depressed, your body suffers as much as your mind. As a result, you may find yourself experiencing stomach cramps, headaches, a rapid heartbeat, and other similar problems. EMDR therapy has been shown to provide relief from what are known as somatic symptoms. When used regularly, these symptoms are greatly reduced or eliminated, helping to ease your mind even more.
Helps You Regain Control
When you are anxious, you generally feel as if you have no control over your situation. EMDR therapy changes that by helping you regain control of your emotions. To do so, it reduces the intensity associated with negative emotions and past trauma, and also helps lessen the intensity of any negative or disturbing images you may be replaying over and over in your mind.
Improves Processing of Information
EMDR therapy helps you improve how your brain processes information related to traumatic events. Instead of talking about the events that trigger your anxiety over and over, you instead are encouraged to use your imagination to process your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and emotions. By doing so, your therapist can help you create a mindset that is more tranquil, calmer and less stressful to you. It can take time to heal from trauma and to process it, so you will need to stick with the sessions to get the full benefits.
Rather than let anxiety rule your life day after day, consider speaking to a therapist about how EMDR therapy may be beneficial to your life.
This article was written by writer Rachelle Wilber.
5 thoughts on “4 Ways EMDR Therapy Can Help You Cope With Anxiety by Rachelle Wilber”
I’ve used EMDR with two different psychiatrists at different periods of my life, and now with a psychotherapist. I found it to be really helpful. Fifteen years ago, with my first psychiatrist, it was really useful the two times / issues we used it. It felt like a muscle knot had been worked on in my brain. The issues we worked on those two times have never bothered me since. With the psychotherapist I see now, it’s almost as useful. We worked on several issues over twelve sessions, and I gained a lot of insight into them.
It works, I’m still not sure *how* it works, however… I get this part: “…use your imagination to process your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and emotions.”. But it seems to me that I could do that at home with some online prompts. There’s something almost soothing about the repetitive motions, the eye movement and the sound, but I don’t get the *how* it fixes my brain bit.
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Its amazing isnt it, youve described it perfectly.
EMDR is so helpful! I am so glad I’m using it to process trauma!
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Its really good