So what is anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as a fear that persists even when there is no salient threat present, of course some anxiety is necessary in life, it keeps us safe. Unfortunately it becomes an issue when we are not in any danger but we still continue to generate the response.
Clinical hypnotherapy is very effective in treating anxiety. We help you to focus on positive and realistic coping behaviours during clinical hypnotherapy, to help you access your personal resources so that you find you automatically begin to cope easier.
Through a process called extinction learning, we can gradually remove the fear response during clinical hypnotherapy. It is impossible to hold two ideas at the same time, you cannot feel completely anxious and also completely relaxed at the same time, the dominant emotion always wins. Through many different techniques we can use during clinical hypnotherapy we can gradually begin to replace those feelings of anxiety with relaxation so that you, begin to remove those triggers that fuel your feelings.
When someone is experiencing anxiety, negative thoughts contribute toward those negative and unwanted feelings. Our trained Clinical Hypnotherapists can help identify those thoughts and assist you to, to healthy helpful ones so that naturally you begin to behave in a calmer way and become connected to feelings of relaxation.
There are many different symptoms of anxiety and all can contribute towards physical symptoms. Some people complain of a tense feeling in their chest, for others it could be a warm sensation that they feel spreads around their body. Anxiety can exacerbate physical conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, if you have a skin condition you’ll often find periods of flare ups whenever you’re feeling stressed. What is always in agreement is that that it isn’t a pleasant sensation.
Anxiety is life preserving, it’s our body’s way of saying get to safety. Without anxiety we would live very short lives, it’s there to keep us safe. The problem with anxiety is that it’s not always necessary, our anxiety tries to keep us safe when it’s not needed, i.e. excessive worrying about a loved one, jumping to conclusions about what MAY happen, excessive worrying which can lead to insomnia, it is all connected.