Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear that can be mild or severe. Some levels of anxiety are perfectly normal, Like starting a new job, or taking a driving test or exam, it’s when being anxious starts to become part of your daily life and you are not in control of your thoughts and emotions; such as experiencing panic disorders, fears, phobias and post-traumatic stress. Some people can suffer with (GAD) generalised anxiety disorder which can leave you feeling irritable, tired through lack of sleep, not being able to relax and switch off.
Having worked successfully with a great number of clients here are typical areas that anxiety plays a part:-
Generalised Anxiety (GAD)
Panic Attacks / Disorders
Fears & Phobias
For up to one in ten people living in Britain today anxiety has become such a disempowering affliction that it interferes with daily life, interrupting work, social life, travel and everyday existence.
Anxiety can take many forms. People can be anxious about upcoming events, anxious about their performance, anxious about something they are about to do, or anxious about a particular situation or occurrence.
People can even suffer from what is known as free-floating anxiety, where the symptoms of anxiety move and reattach themselves to a growing number of specific situations and contexts.
However, as human beings we are not born with anxiety, and anxiety tends to develop as a response to a stressful life situation, such as the witnessing of a traumatic or painful accident, or the ingestion of mind altering drugs, and can even develop as a way of being during our formative childhood years.
The truth is though anxiety is a completely natural physiological and psychological response to fear, and for most people naturally fades after the stressful or painful event has disappeared.
However when the symptoms of anxiety continue to bother a person long after the stressful event has passed, it can become a real problem.
People who suffer from on-going anxiety can be triggered by all sort of situations; it might be the sight of something, or the sound of something that triggers the anxiety. Then the person may begin to worry about the anxiety itself, and it’s at this point that the anxiety goes into freefall, amplifying and building, becoming stronger and even more disempowering.
Symptoms of anxiety can vary from person to person and manifest themselves as:
A racing heart, tightening muscles, nausea, hypersensitivity to danger and external triggers, raised adrenalin, anxious thoughts, headaches, sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath, hyperventilation, dry mouth, indigestion, difficulty swallowing, muscular aches and pains, dizziness, shaking, skin irritations, repetitive minor illnesses, poor concentration, irritability, mood swings, inability to relax, detachment from surroundings, insomnia, procrastination, obsessions, etc.
And as the anxiety symptoms take hold, and grow even stronger, the person can even get to the point where they lose control completely and experience a panic attack.
So what can I do to treat anxiety?
Hypnotherapy provides one of the most effective treatments available for reducing anxiety.
In clinical trials, 97.5% of people suffering from anxiety reported a substantial improvement after just four hypnotherapy sessions, and in that same period, 74% of people reported hypnotherapy had completely cured their anxiety.
And the reason hypnotherapy is so successful; is because it’s actually very simple to treat anxiety if you happen to be doing the right thing at the right time – and yet so difficult to treat if you’re not.
The truth is, most people who have suffered from anxiety have tried at some point to control their feelings with positive thoughts, or to try and feel more relaxed, or to ignore it completely and think of something else, but unfortunately their anxiety always seems to take hold.
However the problem isn’t that these positive thinking strategies don’t work. They really do work…
The problem is; by the time you’re telling yourself to calm down, you’re already feeling anxious, and even with the best intentions in the world, the difference between what you tell yourself and what is actually happening means the anxiety is bound to win.
We need a different approach
Using hypnotherapy, I first slow everything right down, and identify the exact point where the anxious feelings start, and it’s just before that happens that you completely focus upon positive experiences, becoming deeply absorbed in positive feelings so that the anxiety simply doesn’t get a chance to develop. You simply feel relaxed and free to get on with the rest of your day.
And within a very short time, the habitual thinking patterns that used to accompany your anxiety have changed, and so the anxiety fades, leaving you to continue with your life, feeling relaxed and free.
Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll be taught methods for profound relaxation that bring an even greater sense of relief and empowerment, and combined these twin strategies ensure that the anxiety and panic that used to be such a major part of your life, naturally becomes a thing of the past, leaving you ready to face life with renewed enthusiasm.
I use a multi model approach of therapies to deal with the above issues. I prefer to focus on the here and now and look forward to the future. By giving my clients the tools to effectively make changes.