We can all feel anxious from time to time: before an exam or a driving test, making a speech, a job interview, or possibly even an important date where you want to make the right impression.
These forms of anxiety or performance nerves are perfectly normal and most of us experience them occasionally
One in twenty adults in the UK suffer from general anxiety.
The good news is they all respond well to hypnosis and a few sessions will not only help you to relax and stay calm, but can also help you to stay confident and in control. Using the power of the subconscious mind and by making your imagination work for you, rather than against you, it is possible to visualise, mentally practise and work on your performance. A little preparation can go a long way.
Other people can experience anxiety in the form of phobias which can often lead to loss of control and panic attacks. At best embarrassing and at worst downright dangerous. Hypnotherapy works extremely well to de-sensitise people to the source of their fears.
A study published in The Psychotherapy Journal of the American Psychiatric Association showed Hypnotherapy was successful in 93% of cases after six sessions.
However some people can experience anxiety on a more regular and ongoing basis. During the day worrying about what could go wrong, or how well or badly they are doing things. Anxious about what people think about them. At night they may continue to feel anxious, unsafe or insecure, going through a post mortem of the days events which ultimately leads to insomnia and lack of sleep. They may even feeling anxious or worried for no apparent reason. I sometimes use regression therapy hypnosis to enable clients to deal with issues from the past and their resulting anxieties.
Hypnosis, by its very nature is relaxing and pleasant, and can actually be an enjoyable way to deal with problems and problem behaviours.
Constant anxiety releases adrenaline into the blood stream which can lead to increased heart rate or palpitations, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach pains, tense aching muscles and general feelings of stress and anxiety. A combination of stress and anxiety can cause or aggravate hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypnotherapy, especially self-hypnosis used regularly is extremely effective for dealing with insomnia and hypertension.
Sometimes adults can trace back their feelings of anxiety to their childhood and remember an overbearing, perfection focused parent, or to an anxiety provoking time or event which has stayed with them through the years, stopping them from relaxing, being happy and living life to the full.
If you experience any of the symptoms that can be caused by anxiety, stress and overproduction of adrenaline listed above it might be a good idea to consult your GP to make sure there is no other treatable physical reason for the symptoms. I am always happy to complement any course of treatment suggested by your physician.
If you feel anxious occasionally or on a more regular basis hypnotherapy could help you. Hypnosis is a very relaxing process and the results are fast and effective for most people. I teach most of my clients simple self-hypnosis techniques they can take away and practise at home.
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You should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment for medical conditions, and always inform your primary healthcare professional before starting any complementary or additional therapies or treatments.