Manage Anxiety

Feeling fearful? Oppressed by worry or concern? Suffering panic attacks? Can’t face stressful situations?

Feeling anxious too much of the time and repressed by fear with no respite in sight is an awful position to be in. Don’t suffer this debilitating condition for a moment longer. Hypnotherapy can help you get your thoughts under control and your life back.

Most of us naturally feel a little anxious when facing a challenging, uncertain, painful, or threatening situation. Anxiety can be managed if our thoughts about a situation are realistic and accurate. Problems arise when we let unreasonable thoughts get the better of us. They can lead to stress, panic attacks, phobias and a range of behavioural and health impacts.

You are not alone. Anxiety is the most common reason people seek hypnotherapy.

I will work with you to explore the underlying causes of your anxiety. Together we will develop a hypnotherapy strategy designed specifically to serve your needs.

Act now, confident that you have come to the right place.

Call me on 07957 205345 or email me here for your first consultation

Anxiety

Anxiety comes from how we think about a situation that is bothering us. It is natural and helps us deal with it.

If our thoughts are accurate and realistic we make the right decision and get on with life. Problems arise when we let inaccurate thoughts and perceptions rule us. For example, when we overestimate the negative aspects of a situation. This is particularly so in prolonged periods of uncertainty and when we feel unable to control events. Anxiety takes over. We get into a loop when the feeling of anxiety itself become the cause of further unrealistic concerns.

The result is we often avoid situations for fear of triggering anxiety and we miss out on opportunities – like taking an exam, going for a promotion, or forming a relationship.

If left unchecked, anxiety can lead to stress, panic disorder, phobias and loss of self-confidence and self-esteem. It can also lead to stress related conditions from migraines to stomach ulcers, and from insomnia to bad eating habits.

Types of anxiety

The mild anxiety we experience when facing a challenging situation, like a taking an exam or making a presentation, is normal. Anxiety disorders are more serious and the common ones are:

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
GAD is typified by severe and prolonged worries over everyday problems such as money, career, family, or health. The suffer can feel there is no respite and become overwhelmed by concerns.

Panic disorder
Patients with panic disorder suffer chronic feelings of fear that can escalate into bouts of terror causing panic attacks. These can strike suddenly and without warning. If left untreated a viscous cycle of constant fear triggering more panic attacks results.

Social anxiety disorder
Sometimes called social phobia, social anxiety disorder is a fear of social interactions and situations. Sufferers can experience a sensitivity to criticism leading to a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Anxiety symptoms

Cognitive Emotional
Memory problems

Lack of concentration

Poor judgement

Obsessing on the negative

Racing thoughts

Constant worry

Moodiness

Irritability

Can’t relax

Feeling overwhelmed

Loneliness, isolation

Unhappy, depressed

Physical Behavioural
Aches and pains

Diarrhoea

Nausea, dizziness

Chest pains, rapid heart beat

Loss of libido

Chronic ill health

Eating too much or too little

Sleeping too much or too little

Avoiding situations and people

Isolating from others

Needing cigarettes, alcohol, drugs to relax

Developing nervous habits

Hypnotherapy, anxiety and panic attacks

Like with so many issues to do with the mind, hypnotherapy can help you understand the causes of your worry, fear, or terror. Through relaxation of mind and body it can give you the peace of mind and resilience to overcome even the most overwhelming emotions in a calm and self-confident manner. I can help you access your unconscious to allay underlying fears and take on positive suggestions enabling you to regain a sense of control and normality in your life.

Call me on 07957 205345 or email me here for your first consultation

Panic attacks

Our sense of anxiety can grow into panic, driven by our thoughts and behaviours.

We start to take an unrealistic view of a situation. We exaggerate the ‘danger’ and create within ourselves a chronic state of alarm disproportionate to the reality. We become hypersensitive to even the slightest suggestion our fears might be realised. Our heart rate goes up, we feel out of breath and our guts churn.

Then we begin to fear fear itself and the terrible feeling it invokes. This can lead to a panic attack.

Panic attacks are rooted in our natural ‘fight-or-flight’ response. Panic symptoms are the result of an increase in the level of hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline (that increase heart rate) and cortisol (that prepares the body for physical activity) that are released from our adrenal glands when we sense danger. This raises our heart rate and tenses our muscles. We may sweat, feel dizzy, nauseous and even a choking sensation. It can feel like a heart attack.

Fortunately, the episode lasts for only a few minutes, typically five to 10 minutes (sometimes up to an hour), long enough for the adrenaline in our bodies to dissipate. The feeling is awful but panic attacks are not in themselves dangerous. However, if panic attacks become frequent you should take medical advice to rule out any underlying medical condition.

After having experienced a panic attack, we become hypervigilant for the symptoms of their onset. We come to anticipate panic attacks and try to avoid situations that might trigger them.

Ultimately, we end-up avoiding situations, people or things that can are the cause of our anxiety. Our lives become limited by fear.

Hypnotherapy is a proven and effective way of alleviating anxiety and avoiding the crippling burden of panic attacks. If you are suffering from panic attacks help is at hand. Please do get in touch.

Call me on 07957 205345 or email me here for your first consultation. Together we can get your life back on track

Phone: 07957 205345
Maidstone, Kent