If you’re not 100% sure that what you’re feeling is anxiety, look at the following list of symptoms:
|Emotional anxiety symptoms||Physical anxiety symptoms|
|Nervous, jittery & on-edge||Rapid heartbeat|
|Difficulty thinking straight & concentrating||Sweating|
|On-edge, worried or threatened||Trembling|
|Feelings of impending danger or panic||Hyperventilating (breathing heavily)|
|Negative internal self-talk||Headaches, muscle pains and digestive issues|
|Creating horror movies – catastrophising||Panic attacks|
Covid has also made anxiety even worse, with reports showing that it is now at record levels.
The good news is that hypnotherapy is a fast, effective solution. It can help you to feel calmer, and more in control.
It works by helping you to stabilise and ‘dial down’ your anxiety – and, as a result, lets you do things that you’ve be avoiding or have been struggling with. I can say this with confidence, because for years I’ve successfully help people to overcome their anxiety in private, one-to-one sessions every week.
How can hypnotherapy help you overcome anxiety?
Anxiety is regulated by a part of your brain called the amygdala. It reacts to events that it rightly or wrongly perceives to be threatening. And, as I am sure you realise, you can’t simply turn this response off just by thinking about it or applying logic to it. This is because logic is regulated by a different part of the brain.
Even if the logical side of your brain is telling you that you are OK, and that you should simply ignore or ‘push through’, your amygdala still makes you feel anxious.
When anxiety strikes, a reaction called the amygdala hijack automatically and unconsciously takes over.
When this happens, your ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response is instantly activated. The amygdala uses past memories and associations to determine whether or not you should response in the most primal way possible – namely to attack, run away, or make yourself as small and invisible as possible.
Unfortunately, however, this reaction is often completely disproportionate to the ‘threat’ at hand.
The hypnotherapy techniques that I use target the amygdala directly. They can be brilliantly effective at changing your unconscious response to things – helping you to feel calm and in control.
During hypnotherapy for anxiety, the events that currently trigger your anxiety are neutralised. They lose their emotional power to impact you.
Because of this, you stop reacting in the way that you once did to the trigger event(s), meaning you feel calmer and more in control.
I will also give you some tools that can help you to dial down how you feel on an ongoing basis. We’ll enable you to change what you’re saying to yourself in your head, too, and also to change how you’re feeling.
It all adds up to you feeling calmer, better able to cope with things, and confident that you’ll know what to do if you find your anxiety levels rising in the future.