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How I Overcame Anxiety By Upgrading My Nervous System

How I Overcame Anxiety By Upgrading My Nervous System

If you’ve ever felt like your world emotionally flipped upside down, like everyday there was another helpless panic attack and that no one could possibly understand you, then this post is especially dedicated to you. I know there are many people who have experienced and endured worse than me, and I feel for them, and I know what it feels like to hit emotional rock bottom.

This is just my story with the intention of acknowledging you and inspiring you to make adversity your calling to greatness.

How it all began

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    I woke up in my uncle’s house feeling the buzzing of my cellphone at 6:36 a.m. It’s Tim – my friend from Hamburg. He invited me with his group to come down to Munich and enjoy the Oktoberfest celebrations. I begin to remember moments of last night, drinking great beer with my fellow Germans and I began laughing out loud (yes, by myself) at the funny memories we enjoyed.

    I looked down and realize that I’m still wearing my Lederhosen and that there are a bunch of Tigers Milk protein bar wrappers all over the floor. Probably my forgotten late night snacks. I walked over to the bathroom to brush my teeth and that’s when shit hit the fan.

    I looked in the mirror at my pale skin and weak body and I felt so confused. I tried hard to remember what happened yesterday, especially last night, and I kept remembering up until one point where my memory just blacked out.

    When I checked my pockets, I realized my wallet was missing. Did I get mugged, drugged, beaten, assaulted, molested, injected with something? These were the thoughts that were going through my mind with a new, unfamiliar and terrified feeling sinking in my body. I closely examined my body for any bruises, cuts and damage. I didn’t find anything, however my body was shaking and I still felt terrified…and I couldn’t find out why.

    My uncle called me to go eat breakfast and I hardly had the strength to lift the fork without jittering. I started to feel an uncomfortable sensation of heat rise in my stomach like I’ve never felt before, a lump of constriction in my throat, numbness and tingling across different areas of my body, nerve twitches in my right foot and my left eye, and a feeling like I wanted to puke and couldn’t (a different sensation than wanting to puke from drinking too much alcohol).

    Ultimately, I felt like something was very, very wrong and like there was no way out and like I had no idea what it was. And in that, I felt completely helpless.

    I told my uncle what was going on and he escorted me to a nearby hospital. The first wasn’t helpful and didn’t have a diagnosis for any of the symptoms I was experiencing. This started to freak me out even more. I went to another hospital and they wanted to charge me more than 1,000 Euros to run basic tests on me with a consultation.

    I gave up on the hospitals and went home. I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror and that’s when it really hit me – I felt like I lost my sense of self, like what psychologists call an identity crisis, and that freaked me out.

    I was hoping this uncanny feeling of fear would go away after that day, and that I could continue on with the Oktoberfest festivities joyfully and continue on with my round the world journey. Unfortunately, I found myself living the next 15 months of my life living in a state of constant anxiety.

    For the first three months, I was in a state of anxiety almost 24/7. I’d feel anxious and afraid for no real reason and I felt stuck that way, like there was no way out and like there was danger always around. Danger to what? I didn’t even know.

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    What I tried

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      I tried so many different tools, strategies, books, programs – you name it – to fix this problem that I seemingly could never get to the root of. I went to a psychologist for a few visits, which I literally had to be dragged into going to because I didn’t think their form of therapy was effective nor did I think anyone would be able to relate to me.

      The psychologist ended up being a good man, but the visit still didn’t help fix my problems. I went onto searching the web for the symptoms I was experiencing and the results I came up with led to having an anxiety disorder, OCD, and an identity crisis.

      Great, how do I fix this? That question kept me in a never-ending loop of pain and frustration. Focusing on trying to fix anxiety and OCD is like a dog trying to catch his tail: it’s pointless, and you’ll never fix it because focusing on trying to fix it is only feeding your emotional pattern to continue to exist, grow and have a stronger grip on your life.

      I soon learned that avoiding and managing the pain only creates more pain in your life.

      How it didn’t work

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        So my self-experimentation of trying to fix it didn’t work off the knowledge I got from the internet, ebooks and forums. I started to think that maybe I had inherited some gene that my mom and grandma had because they worry so often, and that because of that I had to look beyond the ordinary western health care culture to find some extraordinary treatment.

        I then learned about eastern philosophy, practices, meditation and the chakras and thought it sounded so far off funky and kind of cool…it had to be my solution out of this emotional shithole. I even did a 10 day Vipassana silent meditation retreat, which was really a unique experience. Meditating helped me feel more calm, however it mainly only did so while I was in the state of meditation. Not when I was out actually living my life.

        Chakras…well, I felt like I always had to balance my chakras, things which I never really knew what the Hell they were, and that this was a never ending game of balancing them. Although the concept of chakras seemed cool, practicing the chakra meditations were unsuccessful for me in really making transformative progress.

        I then started watching intervention videos of Tony Robbins and grew extremely fascinated with his ability to effectively communicate and influence rapid and powerful transformation for people. I saw a video where Tony helped a man discover the root cause of his stuttering pattern of over 30 years. He helped him turn it around to speak confidently, clearly and effectively in a shorter amount of time, and Rechaud ended up speaking to an audience of more than 5,000 people.

        I thought this was the jackpot and that Tony was the man who could certainly help me, and that by watching and learning from his videos and programs I could help myself move beyond any obstacles in my life and thrive and I could also help everyone around me however they wanted and needed help. I learned swoosh patterns, neuro associative conditioning and his philosophy on the six human needs.

        They are all great things, and I love the six human needs and regularly relate to them in my life, however these tools I used by myself only helped me feel a little less anxious regularly and little more comfortable with anxiety. Then I saw an ad for his coaching program. I thought the next best thing to having an intervention with Tony is to work with one of his top trainers.

        And so I did. And although that helped me grasp more inner power and direction in my life, I still felt underlying anxiety pop up throughout my day. Not as much as before it seemed, but maybe that’s also because a year had gone by already and I had grown more comfortable experiencing the feeling.

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        How I discovered an extraordinary solution

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          A few months into working with my coach, I attended Tony’s most popular event: Date with Destiny. One day, Tony shared a story about how he was looking for a solution for his wife’s motion sickness. He mentioned how he went on a quest and tried about everything and that nothing worked really, and that he was willing to try anything at this point help his wife.

          A friend told him about a man named Donny Epstein, a healer who has trained thousands of chiropractors worldwide to help people heal from pain, tension and trauma, sometimes without any physical contact. Donny was introduced to us in the crowd and his website was shown up on the projector screen, and I just happened to jot down the link.

          Fast forward three days after Date With Destiny and I’m bedridden sick in a dark room with the most sever bronchitis I’d ever had in my life. I’m in pain physically and emotionally, feeling intense back pain, muscle spasms, and that feeling of fear and anxiety is creeping up. At the time I had been working with an upper cervical chiropractor who helped me experience greater range of motion in my neck, comfort in my body, and the only issue was I was in a different city at this point when I was sick.

          I checked on my phone to see if there were any upper cervical chiropractors nearby and I couldn’t find anybody who was available. In my hopelessness and misery, I turned open my DWD notebook and I just happened to flip on the page with the website address to find practitioners Donny has trained. I almost desperately started making calls to see who was available. Only one answered, and she invited me to her workshop that same night.

          I drove there and arrived early, waiting eagerly to experience this phenomenal care that Tony Robbins spoke so highly about. As I entered the office and met the other and “practice members” as they are called, I experienced an energized educational presentation about how our spine and nervous system influence the quality of our lives and why we need to upgrade our nervous system to live an extraordinary, healthy life.

          During the majority of this presentation, I was slouching in my seat feeling sick, drained on energy and feeling skeptical. Then the fun began, as two practice members came up to show us a demonstration of the NSA care session. I was blown away. The practitioner hardly touched one woman’s spine and it just started wiggling and oscillating. It was a movement that didn’t look like it could just be made up – it was like magic.

          Then she made another contact and said, “Emotional intelligence,” and the other woman on the table let out a big yell. I alertly perked my head up with fascination and confusion.

          “Soul,” she said, and a woman expanded her chest out with her arms wide as she started singing with an angelic high pitched tone. Another woman began crying with the next contact. At the end of it, both women got off the table looking more energized and happy.

          How that solution helped me transform

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            I was so confused, excited, nervous and in awe. She smiled at me and said that it was my turn. Before I got up, I had one thought flash through my mind that terrified me. If that’s what’s coming out of them, then what the hell is going to come out of me? I went on the table and next thing I know, I feel this sensation, like a little spark, and my body began to expand when I breathed in.

            As I exhaled, I felt tension unwind with a rush of heat that flowed through my body. A few more contacts, and then I was done. I sat up and she asked me if I could think about my problems. I couldn’t. In fact, my mind felt clear, I felt peaceful and I had more energy too. After the first entrainment, I felt like I woke up from a nightmare.

            I signed up to receive entrainments regularly and was introduced to another healing protocol Donny developed that I could do by myself: SRI (somato-respiratory integration). Using SRI techniques, I was able to connect to parts of my body where I felt disconnected and tense before, only to open up to more peace, flexibility and energy as I’d feel the blood and breath flow smoothly throughout my body.

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            The anxiety I’d experienced began to have less of a grip on me, and after my third entrainment, my practitioner informed me that when people are stuck in a posture of defense and trauma, they will loop through and perceive life as danger if they are still in this defensive mode like they’re stuck in the same perspective experiencing the same traumatic experience. I felt the emotion of anxiety loosen its grip on my life as I began to acknowledge and accept the feeling, without trying to change it.

            I continued on receiving care at the office, went to a program called the Transformational Gate, and soon afterward moved on to a new office where I met Eli, a wise and seasoned practitioner that just clicked with me. After a while of consistently receiving care, I became aware of more unexpected benefits.

            The recurring knee tension that prevented me from playing collegiate soccer dissipated. I grew over an inch taller, I discovered a wider range of emotions that I could experience and utilize as fuel for my life, my thought patterns were more healthy and I’ve had more moments of pure presence with the absence of mental chatter, and most importantly, I started to find a gift in my pain.

            As my nervous system upgraded, my consciousness upgraded as well. What I mean by that is, my self-awareness has expanded and continues to expand. I’m more aware of what supports me to feel more energized and fueled for growth, contribution, joy, love and fulfillment in life.

            I’m more aware of the decisions I make and my “inner voice” on which decisions I feel are the best to make. For more than a year, I had no idea how and why I ended up in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual pitfall that I did. Now, I feel it was a perfect divine intervention I needed at the time because it has guided me to learn and adapt amazing life strategies that have greatly improved my life and others with whom I’ve shared them with as well.

            It was the perfect thing I needed at the time to shape and mold me to become who I am and who I’m growing to become.

            How this wasn’t a quick fix my problems, and how it was an extraordinary solution for my life

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              I must say, network spinal analysis and SRI aren’t magical pills to solve all of your problems and challenges. However, NSA and SRI are outstanding tools to help you reboot and upgrade your nervous system to a higher functioning order so you instantaneously becoming a greater version of yourself.

              Throughout receiving care and living my life, it wasn’t always happy and upbeat. I had days where I spontaneously broke down in tears as I would remember an emotionally traumatic event from years ago. I’ve remembered events that I seemingly forgot about, where I felt so enraged. I’ve felt the deep pain of feeling like I wasn’t giving my gifts to the world.

              The key difference of these experiences in comparison to what my struggle to eliminate anxiety was like is this: I consciously felt and experienced these spontaneous memories. Through feeling and doing so, I felt a great sense of relief, lightness and energy flow throughout my body. I felt like I healed a lot more than what I originally was expecting.

              Since then, I’ve experienced how, when I would seek to avoid and get rid of feelings that I didn’t like by throwing it in the back of my mind, it would show up in my spine. And I knew it would show up in my spine because the network practitioners I’ve worked with always seemed to know the theme of what was going on in my life.

              Why? Our central nervous system is located along our spines. We process information through our nervous system and whatever information, feelings, thoughts and parts of us that we neglect, avoid, alienate will show up as interferences in our nervous system along our spinal cord.

              Overall, I became much more self-aware and through that awareness I was able to acknowledge and accept whatever it was I avoided feeling. I then came to perceive my previous “wound” as a “gift”. And that’s how I overcame anxiety.

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              Where I once lived in anxiety, I now feel gratitude. Where I once felt like I lost my identity, I realized I’ve expanded my identity, and that who I am expands beyond my sense of self, and that we are all interconnected in the bond of humanity, like the cells of planet Earth.

              Where I once felt immense physical and emotional pain in my body, I now feel flexible and energized. Where I once dreaded symptoms, I realize the wonderful interruptions they are to bring my attention to an area of life that’s calling my attention.

              Everyone and everything along the journey has served a purpose, each providing value in their own ways. And although I have learned and adapted many great tools for life, I feel that the strategies I’ve implemented from NSA care and SRI along with the wonderful practitioners I’ve worked with have played the most significant role in how I overcame anxiety. And, more importantly, how I claimed my health, personal power and life.

              Why you need to upgrade your nervous system now, whether you experience anxiety or not

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                As of now, it’s been 15 months since I began receiving network care. Since then I’ve introduced it to my family, girlfriend and friends. Each of them has mentioned to me that they feel upgrades in their overall health and that they each feel peaceful, energized and alive.

                The funny thing is we get updates for our phones, computers and technology regularly…yet how often do we as a species get an update on our “internal computer”, our nervous system? That being said, this is what I have to conclude with…

                If you are reading this and have felt stuck in your patterns of anxiety, I encourage you to receive care from a network chiropractor and enjoy the long-term benefits that come naturally right now.

                If you are reading this and know someone who’s suffered greatly in their emotional pattern of anxiety or depression, I encourage you to show them this article and help them connect with a network practitioner now.

                If you are reading this article and want to know how to evolve and grow greater than you thought imaginable by upgrading your nervous system, I encourage you to work with a network practitioner and experience the benefits that will super charge your life and those around you now.

                If you are really determined to experience something so out of the ordinary and powerfully healing, then I recommend you experience care from Donny Epstein himself. The man is like the Harry Potter for your spine. You can work with him by signing up for one of his premiere programs.

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                Last Updated on February 11, 2020

                50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                1. Believe It to See It

                Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                9. Maximize Your Strengths

                Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                10. Be in It to Win It

                Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                14. Be a One-Off Original

                Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                21. Make Your Own Luck

                In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                22. Ignite Your Initiative

                While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                24. Champion in Communication

                Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                28. Live by Core Values

                Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                34. Change Opens New Doors

                People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                41. Swim Against the Tide

                Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                48. Follow Through

                Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

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