Therapy For
Anxiety

What Is Anxiety

We can all feel stressed sometimes. It comes with being human and is a normal adaptive response to the challenges and opportunities that life presents. Feeling some stress on occasions can be a good thing because it can help us feel motivated and focus our attention.
Anxiety is different from this. It seems to be associated with sustained levels of stress and the fear that something will go wrong or something bad will happen. Feeling anxious is not a conscious act of will. It is a ‘state’ we get in when our subconscious mind regularly raises our level of alert to real (or imagined) threats and danger. It is a very uncomfortable and unsettling feeling and can have a big impact on our body, mind and even our life expectancy.

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Living With Anxiety

Anxiety is common and many people across the world are prescribed anti-anxiety medications and talking therapy through their doctors to try and help. People also adopt their own coping strategies to try and numb the uncomfortable feelings. This can include alcohol, substance use, comfort eating, over exercising, shopping, the use of over-the-counter medications and remedies.

Living with anxiety is difficult because the stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline which are raised, have widespread effects on our mind and body. Sadly therefore, anxiety is often
accompanied by other problems like poor sleep, headaches, in ability to focus, tummy problems, low confidence, high blood pressure, irritability and less inclination to socialise and do exercise. We can
also become more negative in our thinking and more problem focused.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

We can’t just battle our way out of anxiety or tell our subconscious mind (our instinct) to ‘stop being anxious’. This tends to only make things worse. Instead, we need to ‘show’ the
subconscious that it is safe and then the protective parts of our mind start to reduce the level of threat response and we naturally start to feel calmer and in control.

Hypnotherapy can have a profound effect on anxiety and I see this every week with people I work with. This is achieved by helping you understand what is going on in the brain, body and mind and giving you tools and techniques to practice outside of the sessions. During the sessions we use hypnosis to help you reconnect with your natural ability to feel deeply calm and relaxed. I also give you a self-hypnosis audio to listen to at home.

Hypnotherapy for anxiety can work very well alongside medical and other treatment provided by your GP and health care team.

You can expect to leave your first hypnotherapy session feeling calmer and more optimistic about the future

Self Care

There are lots of self-care resources available on the web and lots of science about anxiety and anxiety reduction. These sources of information have a great deal in common and suggest that when we think and do positive calming things, we become calmer and less anxious. The main self-care advice centres around:

  • improving our awareness and acceptance of anxious thoughts and emotions e.g. through cognitive behavioural therapy and the positive effects of:
  • exercise, yoga
  • mindfulness, meditation
  • breathing exercises
  • eating well, sleeping well
  • avoiding alcohol
  • having positive social interaction with other people who make us feel safe
  • being in nature, green open spaces

Given the consensus on these, I actively encouage my clients to engage in any of the them and always advise that when it comes to reducing anxiety nothing heroic is required.

Self-help – Generalised anxiety disorder in adults – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Article about Anxiety

I have written a more in-depth article about my experience of helping people with anxiety. This is available here:

Why Do I Have Anxiety | Behypnotherapy