Our age is sometimes called the 'Age of Anxiety'. A recent survey revealed that we work five times harder than our 1970's counterparts. In the UK we work an average of a 46 hour week. In the last three decades almost a third of the population reported anxiety symptoms at some point in their lives.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety manifests in different people in different ways. Anxiety can be a product of work stress, landmark moments (a new child perhaps), relationship issues, family or more complex deeper issues.
Anxiety can be triggered by so many situations: you might be waiting for some news, you might have to do something new or something you really don’t want to do, you might know that certain situations de-stabilise you and make you feel helpless..
Anxiety lies at the core of so many things. I have treated many, many patients for this issue. I feel anxiety could best be described as the gap between ‘reality’ and your personal perception of what is going on around you.
Mind the gap
This gap can be cavernous at times. If it is big enough it can create further anxiety (about the anxiety) and you may find yourself well on the road to neurosis. If a pattern of severe anxiety sets in you may begin to experience panic attacks or develop a phobic reaction around the stimulus. Sometimes sleep disorders – insomnia – restlessness and irritability can be present.
Sometimes the gap is smaller – but no less debilitating. It can erode small pleasures; meeting new people, talking about certain things, enjoying life’s fullness. This can lead to you feeling that you have lost control.
How hypnotherapy for anxiety can help you...
Hypnotherapy can help with anxiety in so many ways - desensitising to triggers, improving assertiveness, producing helpful internal pictures that support you.
Ultimately anxiety and clinical hypnotherapy occupy opposite pole positions. Once clinical hypnotherapy is introduced the body begins to respond and this state of relaxation becomes a new point of reference internally.
Quite quickly you can begin to enjoy life again – and anxiety can become a distant memory.
Clinical hypnotherapy is an excellent intervention for beginning to turn down anxiety and redirect your focus towards supportive and creative activities. Hypnotherapy produces a trance state. This inherently relaxes the body and immediately begins to reduce anxiety. We aim to teach the body at the most fundamental level that this is its new way of being.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a powerful, safe and fast tool in the right hands. Look at How Hypnotherapy Works for a jargon free explanation of this process.