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Anxiety

March 28, 2019

Anxiety is an emotion that we all experience from time to time and can occur before a public performance, an exam, an interview or can be related to money worries. However, the problem is when anxiety takes over your everyday life and affects how you behave. There are many different types of anxiety, amongst them are social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and these conditions can have an effect day to day. 


What are the signs and symptoms?

Symptoms like feeling agitated, panic attacks, having trouble concentrating or sleeping, sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness and heart palpitations are all associated with stress and anxiety. Events and situations can appear extreme and very difficult to cope with, often debilitating when suffering from anxiety. This can have a severe affect on how you live your life and what you feel you are able to do. Unfortunately, anxiety in the modern world is becoming more and more commonplace.


What can you do?

The causes of anxiety are varied, it can be down to a major emotional impact or due to modern fast-paced living with all the associated pressures and worries that build up over time. These stresses, if left to their own devices, can become a big problem, a problem that needs addressed. 


Change the pace of your life so it’s not so hectic. Get away from your stressors. Take a break from study. Take a break in the country or at the beach and enjoy the calm. Walk. Take regular exercise. Spend time in the company of people who care for you (and not those who put you down and criticise you). Do what you enjoy and makes you feel good. Do what makes you happy, smile and laugh. Take time for yourself.  These can all help to give you downtime and address issues before they get out of control.


Diet can have an affect also, simply changing to a healthier diet can have an influence on the way you think and feel. Reducing your caffeine intake and reducing or cutting out alcohol all together can have a great affect. Alcohol is a depressant and although it may give you some relief while you are drinking, afterwards the anxiety can become much worse and your thinking more negative therefore compounding the problem. To find out more about diet you can contact a dietician or your GP.


Meditation and yoga can be a great help with stress and anxiety. Do it for a while as part of a regular practice and your mind and body can experience the benefits. And, you don’t have to practice them for hours at a time, a mere 10 minutes a day can have a great impact in helping you to slow down your mind and to allow your thoughts to come and go instead of spending too much attention on them. 


You can check out a local group, buy a book on the subject, there are even apps these days to get you started. Commit to the practice for a few weeks before you make your mind up as it can take a bit of practice to fully experience the benefits. 


But anxiety disorders such as GAD, PTSD and panic can be linked to a big emotional impact (such as the death of a loved one or being witness to a disturbing event) or sustained long term thinking patterns and can be harder to shift and can require help to deal with them. The way you think about your problem can lead to crippling and debilitating feelings and these feelings drive your behaviour and can cause you to stop doing the things you used to enjoy, to shut yourself off from everyone or become angry and agitated. These thoughts and feelings can be deeply ingrained and part of your belief system, and they can be difficult to change.


What can Hypnosis do?

This is where hypnosis can come in and it has been found to be very successful and can be relatively quick in dealing with anxiety, by getting to the root of your problem – your subconscious thoughts and feelings. Whereas people normally tend to try and deal with these at a conscious level using will power, hypnotherapy deals with your subconscious mind.


The Subconscious is where things such as beliefs, behaviours, emotions, feelings and habits are stored. The subconscious mind is  larger and more powerful than the conscious mind. The subconscious allows you to walk, tie shoelaces and any other habit without your conscious  attention so you can focus on what needs your attention. All habits operate in the same way - at the subconscious level. Change at the subconscious level happens faster and uses the phenomenal power of your mind to create the change you want in your life.