In part one of our anxiety series, we ask Hypnotherapy Directory member and clinical hypnotherapist, Claire Knight about her five-step process to reduce anxiety.
1. Understand the symptoms
Your body’s reaction to fear is a natural and harmless ‘flight or fight’ response. We have evolved to release the hormone adrenalin when there is a perception of danger. That danger, whether real or imagined will produce the same symptoms which we understand as ‘feeling anxious’; i.e. racing heart, churning stomach, nausea, dry mouth, shaking, feelings of unreality etc.
2. Notice your thoughts
By becoming mindfully aware of your thoughts, you can begin to notice how the physical symptoms of anxiety arise from catastrophic thinking and then fear of that ‘anxious feeling’ rather than the situation itself.
3. Break the loop
Our natural instinct to counteract anxiety is to flee or try to fight it. When...