Hypnotherapy to help you reduce anxiety
We have all experienced a level of anxiety in our lives 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 maintained when we think negatively 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. There are a wide variety of negative thinking errors such as catastrophising, black or white thinking and negative mind reading to name but a few. These distortions in our thinking can cause a great deal of anxiety resulting in a manifestation of physical symptoms. When we feel anxious and fearful this can have a massive impact on how we behave in life causing us to withdraw and avoid situations.
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.
Symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety is an unpleasant feeling and has a physical effect on the body. Symptoms of anxiety may include:
Excessive, ongoing worry and tension
Shortness of breath
Increased blood pressure
Restlessness and irritability
Mucle weakness or tension
Being easily startled
Anxiety and the Brain
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!
Bristol Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
We use a variety of relaxation and breathing techniques in conjunction with hypnotherapy to give you control over the anxiety and learn positive coping strategies, helping to reduce down the physical symptoms of anxiety. 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.
Reduce Your Anxiety with Hypnotherapy in Bristol