STRESSED OUT & ANXIOUS
- Spending too much time worrying
- Feeling as though there's got to be more to life than this
- Not sleeping well
- Expecting to fail/have a fear of failure
- Constantly putting yourself down
- Avoiding doing things you would like to do
- Living your life based on other people's expectations rather than being 'you'
- Over thinking everything
- Not taking any action or setting any goals
- Just wanting to hide away from the world
- Feeling generally overwhelmed and exhausted
The good news:You are not alone. Everyone gets stressed from time to time, but if you are constantly feeling anxious or depressed then you may need help. Up to a third of the population will suffer with chronic anxiety at some point in their lives.
The long term effects of stress can affect every aspect of your life and possible those around you. It can impact on general health, including lack of sleep and start to sap every ounce of enjoyment out of life, to the point where even everyday tasks are a struggle.
It is reassuring to know that anxiety is a 'learnt' behaviour. We are not born anxious. This means that there are many things we are able to do to break this cycle of negativity and return to a more focused and positive mind-set.
Rebalancing your life, taking some exercise, relaxing more, eating properly and breaking addictions to alcohol or cigarettes can all be steps to get back on the right track. But sometimes it can be hard to take that very first step, especially if you are feeling low.
This is when seeing a hypnotherapist can be especially valuable.
Hypnotherapy is becoming a more recognised method for reducing feelings of anxiety. Whilst in a natural state of deep relaxation, the subconscious part of the mind becomes very receptive to suggestions to promote positive change. The suggestions can be individually tailored to you, helping you learn what triggers your anxiety and changing the way you react to them, so teaching you how to regain a sense of control and normality again.
Of course, we can never 'cure' anxiety. We need a small amount of anxiety to stop ourselves getting into dangerous situations, to know that our actions have consequences. Also, an occasional surge of adrenaline can help us through presentations, exams, competitions etc.
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety is caused by negative thoughts. It is not the event or situation itself, but rather the thoughts we chose to surround that situation. For example, most people will get on an aeroplane and thoroughly enjoy the experience, whilst others will spend the whole time worrying that an awful disaster is about to happen.
When we feel anxious, we activate our 'fight or flight' response. This starts a chain of physical responses as adrenaline floods into our body so we can escape the perceived 'threat'. Our breathing changes, our heart pumps faster, our stomach churns, our hands go clammy, our muscles tense. Our thoughts also change and we see everything in a very black or white way. If we feel we are under threat for any reason (and most modern day anxiety is not about physical threat) the instinct is to see it in the worst possible light. We can't afford to take any risks or spend time thinking of various options. Once we have identified the 'threat' we have a natural tendancy to obsess about it and it can start to consume all our thoughts. This in turn, starts us to scan the horizon for more threats and so the anxiety starts to spread to other areas of our life. Once we start to suffer with anxiety, the adrenaline and cortisol can make our thoughts race, triggering more anxiety so it becomes a viscious cycle. It can feel impossible to 'switch off' the thoughts and everyday life can become overwhelming.
How does hypnotherapy help reduce anxiety?
Hypnotherapy teaches you to relax. It is impossible to be anxious and relaxed at the same time. When in a state of deep mental and physical relaxation, you are able to calmly observe your anxieties and to change your responses. Your thoughts will slow down allowing you to think more rationally and calmly about the things you were worrying about. Physically, your body stops producing adrenaline. The benefits stay with you long after the session has ended. Rather like taking exercise, it's not just whilst you are exercising that you get fitter, the benefits stay with you and you develop healthy habits which serve you for the long term.
Anxiety treatment in Wirral and Cheshire
If you would like help to overcome anxiety, or would like further information, please call me now on 07925019322 for a free, no obligation, confidential chat or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wirral Hypnotherapy Solutions is based in Little Neston, withn a few miles of Neston, Heswall, Burton, Eastham and Bromborough and within easy reach from Caldy, West Kirby, Hoylake and Chester. Also at The Holistic Hub in Wallasey, close to New Brighton, liscard, Birkenhead, moreton and Meols.