The most important step to managing anxiety
Nearly all my clients experience anxiety in one form or another. Whether it’s full blown panic attacks that grip the body, compulsive habits and addictions to behaviours or routines to feel OK, or periods of depression brought on by a persistent low mood that feels impossible to shift. These are all aspects of anxiety in its various forms.
As well as learning simple ways to take back control of these habits, one of the key shifts that can make the biggest difference is acceptance.
We are born with vast amounts of potential, but over the years our experiences in the family and through education and at work, we come to believe that somehow we are faulty, not good enough. We learn to believe that there is a newer version of ourselves that we need to strive for.
One of the key areas that makes a big difference in hypnotherapy is rediscovering our connection to yourself. Accepting where you find yourself today, that you are responsible for where you are and what got you here, means that you can stop fighting yourself and find ways to learn from past experiences that can help you make today and tomorrow how you want it to be.
When you’ve spent years blaming others or wishing you were like someone else, accepting yourself for who you are and your imperfections can seem really hard, almost impossible. But when you do, you can start to access all the qualities and strengths that you already have that can guide you about how to deal with your challenges today and in the future. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t make life perfect from now on, but all that energy that’s been taken up resisting yourself, stopping you doing the right thing for you, can be freed up so you can start to make the right choices for yourself.
You’ve already got everything you need to make the changes you want in your life; the job of you and the hypnotherapist is to help you find that again, so you can get on and live the life you really want. It sounds easy doesn’t it? It’s actually a lot easier than you’d think to make the changes you want and it begins with acceptance, which is the root of the key to successful change; beginning to believe in yourself again.
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About Jill Tonks
I am fully qualified and insured as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and practice as a supervisor. I have substantial experience of working with complex problems and have worked for the Samaritans and currently work with Macmillan as a trainer. My background is in the National Probation Service as a practitioner and Regional Training Manager.