Does Stress limit your life?
Do you feel like you can no longer cope with situations and events in your life that you could previously? If so, you may have what we call a full 'stress bucket', which is a metaphorical vessel in our brains indicating that it's time to relax and empty the bucket.
Are you under pressure?Are the small things in life really getting to you recently? Has your level of tolerence gone down and irritability gone up? If so, this suggests that your anxiety levels are too high and you may need to address things before they escalate.
Is panic attacking you?Are you experiencing feelings of worry or fear? When we feel panic, this is the brain's last attempt to get you out of a perceived threatening situation. This is good if you are in real danger, but if you are not, this can be a very limiting place to find yourself.
Do you feel paranoid?
Paranoia is a very debilitating condition, stopping us from performing the simplest of tasks and limit our social interactions. We are in danger of isolating ourselves into depression if we do not tackle this negative state of mind.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal, if unpleasant, part of life, and it can affect us all in different ways and at different times. Whereas stress is something that will come and go as the external factor causing it (be it a work, relationship or money problems, etc.) comes and goes, anxiety is something that can persist whether or not the cause is clear to the sufferer.
Anxiety is the mis-use of the imagination. Anxiety related conditions are the most common variety of psychological afflictions a person may experience, they account for a major percentage of visits to doctors and psychiatrists. These conditions are NOT the result of personal weakness or even character flaws. They can be caused by a combination of factors, including environmental stresses, chemical changes in the brain, and often autonomic nervous system imbalances within the body.
Anxiety can make a person imagine that things in their life are worse than they really are and prevent them from confronting their fears. Often, they will think they are going mad, or that some psychological imbalance is at the heart of their woes. What is important is the recognition that anxiety is normal and exists due to a set of bodily functions that have existed in us from our cave-man days. This is known as the fight or flight response and is the body’s way of helping you in dangerous situations. It is when we are exposed to unrelenting excessive stress that it becomes unhealthy and potentially damaging.
Some people have a very identifiable cause for their anxiety; a traumatic incident, moving to a new house, getting divorced, having surgery. However, some people don’t have an identifiable cause for their anxiety and it causes them some distress.
The most common behavioural symptom (the things we do when we are anxious) is avoidance. Although avoiding an anxiety provoking situation produces immediate relief from the anxiety, it is only a short-term solution. This means that whilst it may seem like avoiding is the best thing to do at the time, the anxiety often returns the next time that you face the situation and avoiding it will only psychologically reinforce the message that there is danger. The problem with avoidance is that you never get to find out whether your fear about the situation and what would happen is actually true.
Hypnotherapy’s most common clinical utilisation is in the treatment of anxiety and its various related states; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Perfection Anxiety, Social Phobia, Insomnia, OCD, PTSD and Panic attacks.
The physical symptoms of anxiety:
Shortness of breath
Butterflies in stomach
Urge to pass urine/empty bowels
Pins and needles
The psychological symptoms of anxiety are:
Fear of losing control
Dread that something catastrophic is going to happen (such as blackout, seizure, heart attack or death)
What Can Therapy for Anxiety Help With?
I have worked with clients with all forms of anxiety including:
· Generalised Anxiety Disorder
· Social Anxiety
· Sleep Anxiety
· Fear of Public Speaking
· Fear of Driving
· Stress Management