Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
Do you suffer from uncomfortable feelings of worry, fear, dread or impending doom?
Sometimes real and direct threats are easier to cope with because they can be identified and assessed. Unknown threats and feelings can take on much greater significance as people feel unable to control or cope.
The human mind and imagination are so powerful it enables a person to experience something or an event emotionally and physiologically, even when not in the situation itself and their outside environment is completely calm. Think of when you last woke up from a bad dream and how you felt (fear and heartbeat pounding).
Hypnotherapy also works with the imagination by reframing the mind with the positive images and experiences you desire as opposed to those you do not. Sometimes it is the case that events way back triggered an anxiety, which is forgotten to the conscious mind. Through a few sessions and regression hypnotherapy enables a person to go back to those events and resolve the forgotten issues, which are troubling them in the present.
Anxiety (fear, worry, panic) falls under the broader area of Stress (see page) which goes into more detail on the physiology.
The first thing to understand about Anxiety is that you don't treat "Anxiety", you treat what is causing the Anxiety. This can be one or several underlying thought / emotion complexes. It can be helpful to also treat the symptoms as these manifest as physical symptoms but this alone is not enough and needs to be in conjunction with treatment. It is simply putting a plaster on something and hoping it will go away.
Anxiety and associated feelings are the symptom. As well as the feelings, physiological changes can occur in the body; simplistically speaking in terms of adrenalin release and fight or flight, whether slow continual release or an adrenalin dump. The mind and body are a connected unit.
We can treat physical symptoms very well through breathing exercises and relaxation recordings. These must be done every day. For the breathing, the easiest way is to lie down and put a timer of 10 minutes on your phone. Place one hand on your stomach, then breath in slowly (normally with a count between 5 - 10, note everyone is different and as you develop the count will get longer) main thing is slow and relaxed. As you breathe in expand your stomach - gently push your stomach out as you breath (you will feel your hand rise up on your stomach) then just as you feel a tiny amount of tension in the stomach muscles on expansion then breath out slowly for a count between (5 to 10).
After each inhale count / exhale count, you can hold your breath for a couple of seconds. The key is slow breathes in and out and push the stomach out gently (as you breathe in). This method of deep breathing in to the stomach has a fantastic compound affect when done for 3 or more weeks each day, as it calms the nervous system and really takes the edge of life's stresses naturally. As noted this is a compound affect and needs to be done daily over a period of weeks. You will really see the benefits of engaging the parasympathetic nervous system.
Do this along with a daily relaxation recording and you will notice really positive changes in your life, reducing stress and anxiety, better sleep, more energy, regulating blood pressure etc. Depending on the severity of the anxiety and stress you might also require a personalised hypnotherapy session to help transform the underlying core issues.
You might also want to have a look at the comprehensive 28 day 'Freedom from Anxiety Programme'