Today, about one in seven people are suffering from stress or anxiety at any one time in the UK. Anxiety has become a medical diagnosis but really it is just another term for worry. In the short term, worry can have benefits as it protects you from danger but when it becomes chronic it is unpleasant. In nature, stress is only meant to be a short-term occurrence. Watch any nature programme and you see examples of this. A lion chases an antelope who runs like crazy but when the danger is gone it settles down to graze again as if nothing has happened.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
- Dry mouth
- Butterflies in stomach
- Urge to pass urine/empty bowels
- Panic attacks
- tightness in the chest
Common psychological signs of stress and anxiety are:
- Inner tension
- Fear of losing control
- Irrational dread that something catastrophic is going to happen (such as blackout, seizure, heart attack or death)
- Feelings of detachment
- Phobias and fears
It could be an event that is causing your anxiety, such as:
- Speeches and presentations
- Sports competitions
Anxiety can also be more generalised: it may be fear of being around other people, anxiety in specific social situations, anxiety in your relationships with particular people at home, at school or at work.
The symptoms of anxiety correlate with the stress response or “fight-or-flight”. This is primal response that protects you against threats in your environment, so if danger is present your body triggers a rush of blood to your arms and legs so that you can fight or run away. It is an adrenaline response that causes your heart to beat faster, pumping oxygen around your body to those parts that need it to protect you. You may feel as if you are on high alert as well, unable to calm down or relax, your mind may race unable to focus or quieten down.
So why is it important to reduce anxiety in your life? What difference will it make to you? Research shows that prolonged exposure to cortisol can cause:
- Memory problems
- Weakened immune system
- Weaker bones
- Increased blood pressure
- Reduce fertility
How can hypnotherapy help?
I can help assess your anxiety, identifying the root whether it is a situation, a physical issue, a past experience or a relationship.
Then I will set you a goal asking how you wish to feel, how you would like to be, and things that you would chose to do in your life if you were free of anxiety. I will work with you to reach your goals using a range of different techniques.
After sessions you may feel more confident; more relaxed in situations that have previously challenged you. Many people say that they are calmer and that they have more clarity of thought. They are able to make decisions more easily.
People who have experienced side effects of anxiety such as insomnia find that they are sleeping much better and as a result are able to work more effectively.
It is as if hypnotherapy unlocks the potential you have within you to break free of negative thought patterns, and to react more positively and more confidently to situations in your life that may have previously made you anxious.