Anxiety - what you think you become

The old adage "what we think we become" is never more true than when dealing with anxiety.

A brief explanation of how anxiety begins...

When we are exposed to a stressful situation - say we walk into a supermarket, slip over on a wet floor and people laugh at us - our bodies experience a fight or flight reaction, releasing stress hormones into the bloodstream. This in turn makes us feel sick or shaky, and it can make our heart race. If it only happens once we will usually be ok to return to the supermarket, but if it happens more than once our subconscious "learns" that going to that supermarket makes us release stress hormones and starts doing it automatically, so whenever we even think of that place or situation we begin to feel anxious. The problem with this response is the subconscious thinks that it's helping!

This of course could be triggered by any situation, not forgetting that one man's molehill is another man's mountain, so please don't think "I shouldn't feel like this because it's only a spider" for example - if it impacts you negatively, it matters!

Anxiety takes time to set up, so it can also take time to unpick it.

What's important, as with any issue being dealt with using hypnosis, is your attitude towards letting that fear go. If you think "I'm always going to feel like this", then guess what - that's exactly what will happen. However, experience shows that if a person starts to switch their thinking to a more positive approach, i.e. "I have been shopping here hundreds of times that went perfectly, I'm looking forward to another relaxed visit tomorrow", they are already giving their subconscious a way of acting more favourably. It's also important to practise this sort of mindfulness at least three times a day to enable your subconscious to get accustomed to your new thoughts.

This approach often needs support when the subconscious has set up an automatic stress response to a situation. Hypnosis allows a therapist to guide a client to change the job of the "part" of you that gets anxious about that situation. Have you ever said something like "part of me wants to let go of this feeling, but part of me won't let me"? That is exactly what this "part" relates to, giving the negative response a positive response.

During the session, the therapist asks your creative part to come up with a list of more positive actions surrounding this situation that are acceptable to the negative part. The part then chooses which job it would prefer, meaning you make that decision with your subconscious.

It's effective and gets the results you need.

There are other techniques that can be used depending on when the event happened. For example, childhood experiences can be dealt with using inner child work; traumatic events can be coupled with NLP or EMDR to desensitise the emotions attached to that event. These are just a few of the techniques available.

Anxiety can be conquered; to find your nearest qualified hypnotherapist look no further than the Hypnotherapy Directory.

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Written by Karen Lee Clinical Hypnotherapist- Blossom Therapy Swaffham

Karen Lee has always had an interest in helping others help themselves, after 5 years online voluntary work in a group she set up herself, and working as a qualified hypnotherapist and EMDR specialist, she is now setting up a therapy centre at home- to help Veterans and Emergency Service personnel free or donation based.… Read more

Written by Karen Lee Clinical Hypnotherapist- Blossom Therapy Swaffham

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