We have all experienced a level of anxiety in our life at some point. We have probably all felt nervous or anxious about a job interview or a driving test. Perhaps you are feeling anxious about your wedding day or the arrival of your baby. You might be worrying about relationship problems or your finances. All of these issues can create anxiety if you think about them in a negative way.
Feeling anxious at times is quite normal but it can often get the better of us and become a constant feature of our daily life. Some people find it hard to control their worries and anxieties. Anxiety is created by negative thinking and the more we think in a negative way, the more our brain encourages us to continue that line of thought and we become trapped in a cycle of negative thinking. We often think negatively about the past and worry about what might happen in the future which both cause a great deal of anxiety.
Hypnotherapy helps you to break that cycle and gets you focusing on the positive aspects of your life. It allows you more control over your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, enabling you to deal with any situation life has in store for you.
Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling and has a physical effect on the body. Symptoms of anxiety may include:
Anxiety is a normal reaction which our brain initiates in response to stress or danger. When our brain perceives danger it initiates the flight or fight response. This response is great when we are actually faced with danger but it can become disproportionate to the point where our brain gives the same stress response as it would to a life threatening situation.
The parts of the brain associated with anxiety are the Amygdala and the Hippocampus. When our brain picks up on something potentially dangerous, the Amygdala starts the flight or fight response and you become scared and anxious before you even realise what has triggered it. This response is very quick indeed. At the same time, a slower process happens which is more thoughtful and considers all the options. The sensory cortex of the brain picks up stimuli from your surroundings and then the hippocampus checks whether you've experienced this kind of situation before and how you reacted to it. Your brain processes all this information and if it decides that there is actually no danger, the flight or fight response is shut off and you calm down and return to normal. If your brain perceives that the danger is real, then the flight or fight response continues. Now the slower, more thoughtful process can sometimes short circuit especially if our anxiety levels are already high and as a result we over-react to situations and go straight to panic mode!
Hypnotherapy reduces the levels of stress hormones in the brain which will help you to bring your anxiety back in to check and you will see an improvement in your symptoms. It will also help you to focus on the positive aspects of your life and stop those recurring thoughts that can perpetuate anxiety.
There are various degrees of anxiety ranging from mild to severe and not everyone who suffers with anxiety has panic attacks. Your anxiety may be just a temporary thing, such as examination or wedding nerves, which can be helped with hypnotherapy quite quickly. If your anxiety is more persistent then more sessions will be required, which can be discussed during the initial consultation.
To book an initial consultation to discuss how Hypnotherapy can help you to reduce your anxiety or stop your panic attacks, call 07851 307 062 or email.
Reduce Your Anxiety with Hypnotherapy in Bristol