Tackling Anxiety and Stress with Hypnotherapy
All of us feel anxiety and worry from time to time. These are normal and unconscious reactions and can be seen as mind and body working in conjunction to help us adjust to change and confusion. So some stress is necessary in our lives to help us move forward. In fact stress and anxiety are survival mechanisms which if harnessed properly can help us move forward in life.
However, when stress and worry become excessive or arrive with no apparent reason, our quality of life can become adversely effected, inhibiting our ability to act effectively. Whilst we don’t consciously choose to feel anxious or stressed, we can learn to control such feelings and use them to our advantage.
Over thinking, excessive worrying, anxiety and stress are often due to unresolved emotional issues and negative or traumatic life experiences and can often impair our ability to carry out simple tasks and making us feel stupid. Rather than looking forward to a Utopian existence that is stress free and worry free, it is more realistic to look at ways of managing these feelings and bringing them to a useful, healthy level which allows us to live a more fulfilling life.
Due to its relaxing nature, Hypnotherapy is a particularly effective way of managing and combating stress, anxiety and worry. Hypnotherapy can access the unconscious mind and train mind and body to engender more relaxed responses ( rather than reactions) and perspectives and increase our capacity to deal with stress in a positive way.
Common symptoms of anxiety and stress:
- poor sleep patterns, hyper activity, lack of energy
- dreading social occasions
- dreading talking to people
- avoiding important tasks
- easily angered or irritated
- poor concentration
- overly critical of self and others.
Constant anxiety and stress may suggest that some of our basic needs are not being met People will thrive when the following needs are realised.
1.To give and receive attention.
2.Body and mind connection, ie healthy exercise , diet and sleep.
3.Purpose goals and meaning in life.
4. Community and contribution. This may being part and contributing to a geographical community (eg local) or communities of interest,ie hobbies such as sport, dancing etc.
5.The need for challenge and creativity.
6.Need for intimacy. This often met with pets but more effectively with a small circle of friends and or relatives.