Do you worry excesivley, feel anxious and stressed most of the time?
Anxiety & Stress
Anxiety is a normal response to stress or danger and is often called the'flight or fight' response. This process involves the brain sending signals to the body to release adrenalin, stress hormones, which quickly pumps through the body enabling it to cope with whatever catastrophes may come its way, increased heart rate, blood pressure and breathing, and increased brain activity and acute awareness.
These responses are natural and helpful for survival in dangerous situations but become extremley unpleasent, confusing and stressful when we experience them in everyday life. We live in a complex society full of emotional stressors which can trigger hightened states of alertness,anxiety and worry, whereby, we lose the ability to self-regulate and struggle to feel calm, relaxed and refreshed.
Most people will experience a relatively mild form of anxiety when facing certain situations such as social engagements, presentations or public speaking. Whereas, other people can experience heightened states of anxiety, worry and the fear of something that happened, what might happen, and the worry of what people will think of them.
When anxiety is left untreated it can become chronic through the use of safety behaviours
Anxiety: A Vicious Cycle
Worries and anxiety are maintained for several different reasons:
Black & White Thinking: 'It happened last time, it will happen again'.
Over Generalising: 'I got really panicky in front of them, I will panick in front of everyone'.
Jumping to Conclusions: 'If I mess up, they will think I'm a fool and laugh at me, everyone will laugh at me'.
Magnification & Catastrophising: 'If I don't pass the exam, it will ruin my life'.
When someone is in a highly anxious state their mind become hypervigilant to threats. This causes the brain to selectivley attend to negative information (focus on worries) and ignore the positive information. This in turn leads to disqualifying the positives, such as ignoring evidence that refutes the worrying.
People with untreated anxiety tend to respond to fears by:
Suppressing Them (e.g. over working).
Seeking Reassurance (persistenly).
Avoidance (avoid situation altogether).
These behaviours quickly reduce anxiety and serve to positively reinforce the behaviours, as they are a quick fix. However, short-term relief only leads to long-term negative consequences such as chronic worry, fear, anxiety and stress.
1. Biased Types of Thinking
2. How the Brain Processes Information
3. Use of Safety Behaviours
Reduce Anxiety with Hypnotherapy
If you suffer from anxiety, then its time to change. I can help you through a tailored combination of Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and which is an effective form of treatment for anxiety.
Hypnotherpay allows you to explore what makes you feel vulnerable from an objective perspective, as you will be feeling calm, relaxed and safe. I can help you to identify any underlying core beliefs and subconsious triggers that drive your anxiety.
Alongside this, I will help you to process information differently, recognising the positives rather than the negatives, and give you the confidence and motivation to keep moving forward when adddressing your anxiety. This treatment will provide you with the skills to identiy your anxiety triggers and manage them effectively. I will support you to practise these skills until they become natural and your anxiety is minimal.
Anxiety, if left untreated can become quite debilitating, affecting work performance and personal relationships. However, with the right support anxiety can become manageable, enabling you to live a more peaceful and relaxed lifestyle.