Updated: Jul 3, 2019
Is anxiety restricting how you want to live your life? Perhaps you’re experiencing panic attacks or struggling with OCD. This can be very debilitating and can impact many parts of your life. The role of hypnotherapy is to work at reducing your symptoms, finding different coping strategies, discuss ways that you could challenge your anxious thoughts and, if you want to, we can try to find the root cause of your anxiety.
A healthy level of anxiety is a normal part of life which everyone needs to keep them safe; if we are in an unfamiliar or dangerous situation, anxiety keeps us alert to any possible danger. In How Hypnotherapy Works I explain the various functions of the subconscious mind, in addition to these functions, it also has two main roles:
1. To Keep us alive
2. To keep us happy/reduce our anxiety
The roles are prioritised in this order, therefore if our subconscious thinks that creating anxiety will keep us safe and alive, then it will create the anxiety to fulfil its number one priority role.
Anxiety becomes a problem for us when it is ongoing for too long because there are physical and emotional effects of this, the anxiety ceases to be beneficial to us and starts to erode our health and wellbeing. Click here to see the biology of anxiety.
Anxiety and stress are terms often used interchangeably but they are two different issues; stress is a response to a change, of some sort, in your environment, whereas anxiety can strike suddenly, without warning and with no obvious change to trigger it off.
Anxiety has an element of anticipation, a sense of being under threat or waiting for something bad to happen, even if we don’t know where the danger may come from. We can be anxious about something that might happen, even if we know that it is unlikely to actually take place.
Hypnotherapy can help you to find the initial, and any subsequent, causes of your anxiety and seek out new ways of managing and dealing with it. If you would like to undertake some hypnotherapy to help you to make the changes that you want to make, so that you can live the life that you want to live, please contact me.