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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 March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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