Mastering the Monsters of Anxiety (Group w/ Alistair)
The first of two online courses where Alistair shares his 7+ year experience of helping people shed their anxiety. He teaches body-based, non-pharmaceutical methods that really work.
This is part one of Mindsprings anxiety course that I've been teaching since 2013. And originally it was a downloadable self-study course. But in this time of social isolation, I thought it would be great to do it together with you.
So I'm leading a group together for three week in April, starting Monday 20th. We'll try and keep the numbers small and work together with weekly zooms and lots of feedback.
It's also 50% off during the Great Confinement. Use the code COVID50 at the check-out. Please look at the material below and sign up if it feels like a good fit for you.
We're starting together on 20th April.
Navigating the Course Screen
Some preliminary thoughts from the garden...
Please download and read through the workbook!
Alistair's anxiety and the inspiration for this courseFREE PREVIEW
Coming into the body
The thumbprint of your anxiety: where, when, what?
Know your SUDS!
Take a break!
Dr Panksepp and FEAR and PANIC explainedFREE PREVIEW
New definition of anxiety
Test your learning
Recap of FEAR and PANIC short-term in animal world
Alistair at the chalkboard... the chemistry of anxiety
Cortisol: a double-edged chemical
Did you get everything?
You know what's going on and why it feels awful. But how to stop it?
Three body-based interventions - Tune up, vagal breathing, calm point
Demonstration of these three interventions
Test your learning
Things are about to get even more powerful. We need to dive deeper into neuroscience.
Meet Stephen Porges
The importance of feeling the reality of VVT
See what you remember
What do you do to calm your anxiety?
What you're doing to soothe yourself may well be making things worse. What Porges says about our strategies.
A short way of accessing VVT - the 'Basic Method'
Let's have a breather - and look inwards...
How to access VVT in a lasting profound way - Polyvagal Tuning
Leaning into your reality
Test your learning
Where have we got to?
Using the Earth to metabolise - the indigenous solution
Earth Breathing - The "How To" Slideshow
Recordings of Earth Breathing to download for your practice
Earthing with bare feet
Consolidate your learning...
Stocking our toolbox: introducing three new stress busters and recapping the previous four
Demonstrations of collar-bone breathing, 5-finger tap and nave tap
Nuts and bolts of these three
What do you remember?
Before rushing on, let's take a moment to go inwards...
The Check Out
Resources, reading etc.
Please give me feedback!
A final word from Alistair
Use code COVID50 to get the 50% discount
All courses 50% during the Crisis. Use code COVID50
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. I encourage you to work through it as many times as useful and re-visit it often.
I don't want you to be unhappy at all! The last thing I want is the course to make you anxious. So, if you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and Mindsprings will give you a full refund. But I'm confident that you'll be very happy indeed to have discovered our work.
I'm a accredited psychotherapist regulated by the British UKCP board. And I have more than 7 years experience teaching this course to many hundreds of people. However, I know that anxiety can make us very vulnerable and would never want you feel unsafe. If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course then please contact me with your questions. (The contact button is below!)
Yes, of course, book-learning is great. And I have studied a great deal in the field of pyschotherapy, neuroscience, human physiology and Buddhist psychology. But as we'll explore, anxiety breeds in our thinking mind. And for me, getting some direct coaching on how to stay in the body and find non-thinky ways of dealing with it was a break-through... So let me save you time and dead-ends by sharing my experience direct...
I know that money is an issue (and a source of anxiety!) for many of us. And at Mindsprings our inspiration is to help everyone free themselves from anxiety - whether they're wealthy or not. We think that we have priced the courses fairly and ask those who can afford them to help those who can't by paying the full course-fee. And there's a payment schedule to help spread the load. However, we also have a number of bursaries available to those struggling financially, so please contact us to ask about financial aid. (The contact button is below).
If you're suffering from really severe anxiety and are worried about your safety, then you should see your doctor and ensure that you have medical support. Normally, I teach these courses in person, and as a therapist I can help people if difficult material comes up. But this course is self-led. This means you can pace yourself if it is getting difficult - but it also I'm not there physically to attend to you. It's a non-pharmaceutical, body-based course which has help lots of people in a lasting way. But please use your prioritise your safety when deciding to sign up.
As we explore in the course, anxiety is a natural feature of being a human with a thinking mind. Humans will always trigger their innate fear and panic systems with their thinking. But this course can really diminish the amount of unnecessary anxiety and stress we create and give us a method for metabolising the painful chemistry of fear and panic in our bodies. We CAN live with way less anxiety than we do now and it is possible for you
The simple answer is: the longer you do the practices, the longer the anxiety will stay away. As we know, there's no magic bullet. And these practices change the way our brains are wired and the way our body-chemistry works. That's an organic process and takes time. But when we have the support of the insight and the practice, then the 'penny drops' and we stop doing the things that unconsciously make us more anxious. Over time that makes anxiety an occasional visitor rather than a permanent partner.