We all feel anxious sometimes. Often the feeling doesn’t last long and is related to a specific event, such as a job interview, preparing for a wedding, sometimes it is a normal response to a challenging or difficult situation like a long-term illness or caring for an elderly relative. It’s not a pleasant feeling but we can usually manage to cope with it.
But for some people, anxiety can be a severe condition, frightening and disabling, which threatens to take over their lives. A single event or the long-term stress of dealing with daily challenges and obligations can trigger the problem, causing debilitating physical and emotional symptoms.
Don’t despair if you are suffering – my hypnotherapy for anxiety programme includes powerful and highly successful techniques which I use to help you overcome your anxiety and live a much happier and more comfortable life.
How I can help you
As part of my hypnotherapy for anxiety programme I use a number of well-tried, powerful and successful techniques to help with anxiety-related disorders. These therapies dramatically reduce stress and anxiety and the symptoms they give rise to. Your unconscious will often try to protect you by telling you to avoid a situation, because in the past (often in childhood and maybe forgotten) a similar situation has caused you pain or distress.
The therapies help by changing your unconscious beliefs so that your response to a situation becomes more appropriate and your fears are in proportion to the dangers you are actually facing. You can then cope better because you will lose the compulsion to run away.
Stress can affect EVERY area of our lives, from mood swings to interfering in our family, work and social life.
- Unable to sleep well
- Run down and prone to allergies, colds and other ailments
- Eating or drinking too much
- Tense, in pain, with headaches or stomach upsets
- Being too serious and lacking any sense of humour
- Quick to anger
- Feeling depressed and resigned to your lot
- Over-burdened and short of time
- Interfere with your family, work and social life
- Make you avoid certain places and situations
- Set off unpleasant physical reactions – sweating, breathing problems, stammering
Hypnotherapy for anxiety
Cognitive hypnotherapy for anxiety helps by changing the thought processes that lead to anxiety and panic.
It changes your unconscious response which means you can live a much happier, more comfortable life and cope with situations, which in the past would have caused you an anxious response.
Once your underlying beliefs have been collapsed, the anxiety symptoms will be changed permanently.
Using hypnotherapy for stress, as with all issues treated, I take into account your unique circumstances and the treatment is planned around you.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
EFT offers hope to people suffering with any type of anxiety disorder. I use EFT very successfully to control the anxiety response and deal with stress. It does not require a lengthy process of talking therapy and there is no medication. It has no side effects and the results are usually permanent.
When you feel anxious or stressed, your body’s energy system is disrupted. EFT rebalances the system. The process involves stimulating meridian points on the body with a simple fingertip tapping.
EFT can alleviate other issues, such as depression, which often accompany anxiety.
Emotional Well-Being is Essential to your Physical Health
The benefits of reducing your anxiety
Stress has been shown to affect the brain and the ability to think clearly and make good decisions. If you reduce your stress, and the anxiety it produces, you can find many areas of your life are improved.
Your physical well-being
- Blood pressure
- Weight and diet
- Immune system
Your emotional well-being
- Feelings of love, appreciation, kindness, gratitude
Your mental ability
- Enhanced workplace performance
The science and the statistics of anxiety
We all have a natural survival instinct, commonly called “the fight or flight response”. When you perceive danger, this instinct triggers hormonal changes in your body to enable you to deal with the threat. In a situation where there is a real danger, it could save your life by redirecting your energy to give you speed and strength, both physical and emotional.
The trouble comes when the perceived threat is not a genuine danger, but your body is treating it as if it is. A typical example of this is a spider phobia. Spiders in the UK are not dangerous, but many people panic when they see one.
If you are constantly on high alert, your brain and body cease to function as they should, as the chemical response has adverse effects on your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
The stress that results releases the chemicals adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones slow digestion, decrease nutrient absorption, constrict blood vessels and adversely impact on your immune system, endocrine system and nervous system. They also increase your food cravings and cause you to put on weight.
It is estimated that ….
- Over 75% of patients seeing their doctor have a stress-related element to their condition
- You are up to 4.5 times more likely to suffer sudden cardiac arrest if you live in a state of constant high anxiety (Harvard study)
- Antidepressant use nearly tripled from 1988 to 1994 and again from 1999 to 2000 (Centre for Disease Control)
- In 2002 in USA, nearly $17.2 billion of antidepressants and anti anxiety drugs were purchased. 10% more than in 2001