Hypnotherapy and anxiety
27th March, 20140 Comments
Written by: Shaun Purdy BA (hons) C.M.H. C.Hyp
When you suffer from anxiety you can be affected in ways that restrict you from engaging in everyday activities, and you may have found your life stalled in significant areas. The anxiety, worries and fears that we experience differ, but they are similar in the way they prevent us from having a positive, clear and effective way of coping with everyday life.
Sometimes the trigger of our anxiety is known and we are aware that we are anxious in certain situations such as speaking in public or taking examinations. Conversely, you may suffer from an anxiety where the trigger is not as obvious as having test anxiety, but is present in a diffuse form for most of the time, varying only in its degree of intensity. Behind all these anxieties you find fear; there is a fear of something going wrong, or a fear of humiliation...or even a fear of fear, a feeling of anticipating the anxiety and physical symptoms occurring again.
Habitual anxiety can develop in numerous ways, and everybody's history is unique. For some, a series of events in early life could form a programmed response, and from these experiences they developed an anxious anticipation. For others, a traumatic incident may have had a profound impact upon them - and yet it could be an accumulation of negative programming from childhood which has not contributed to a feeling of having the ability to cope in certain situations.
How hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that can re-program a person's self image and help assist with developing coping mechanisms when previously the individual was feeling overwhelmed by physical and mental anxiety.
Dealing with past traumas and releasing and re-framing emotional blocks creates a new start from which a positive self image can be built. Hypnotherapy can also help by providing an opportunity to rehearse the anxiety inducing situations so that they can be 'rewired' and no longer hold the negative charge and fear that they were previously imbued with. This can result in a new positive outlook. The subconscious mind views the imagination as occurring in the present moment and so future rehearsal is a positive way to develop new and adaptive ways of responding to previously anxious ridden situations.
Hypnotherapy looks to the past, it looks at the present and it looks towards the future. With hypnotherapy you can learn about yourself so that you will know consciously the subconscious reasons for your fears and anxieties and the reasons for the positive changes taking place. Understanding the process and learning about yourself inspires confidence in that the reduction of anxiety makes sense to you and you can therefore understand why the therapy is working.
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