How to deal with anxiety?
Feelings of anxiety are something we all experience from time to time. However, it is the degree of anxiety we are experiencing, how frequently this happens as well as what the triggers are that can become problematic.
If you have been struggling with anxiety for quite some time you might have already developed coping strategies that help you through difficult phases or situations. These could be unhelpful ones like drinking alcohol or overeating or they could be ones that are better adapted like for example listening to music, calling a friend or reading a book.
Whatever they are though it is important to observe carefully if you have become dependent on these coping strategies, which means they have turned into safety behaviours. Safety behaviours are a type of avoidance, which means you will never find out if what you are afraid of will actually be as detrimental as you emotionally perceive it to be. Through avoidance and escaping you will never diminish or overcome your fears.
So therefore whilst not all coping strategies are bad for you and some might really help you to function, it is worth asking yourself if you have become too reliant on them. Might they feed your anxiety in the long run and make it actually worse? Are you avoiding situations, certain thoughts or feelings?
Hypnotherapy can help you to identify your anxieties, to change unhelpful coping strategies, to establish more helpful ones and also to gradually become completely free from needing strategies and crutches and being able to face the anxious situations and circumstances head on.
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About Jasminka Milena Letzas
Jasminka is a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist based in London, N1. She has successfully worked with many clients, tackling a wide range of issues. Her specialisms are stress management, anxiety, relationship issues and unhelpful habits/addictions.