you have experienced being worked up in a constant state of stress or anxiety
you cannot really appreciate how alarming and/or frightening it can be.
Hypnotherapy is exellent at bringing RELIEF, at calming the mind and helping
to control thoughts or feelings that caused the problem in the first place
and that are also perpetuating the state. The sufferer is usually fully
aware of the root cause(s) of upset but this is not always the case. Particularly
painful thoughts, feelings and memories may have bee pushed under the surface
and, if appropriate, hypnosis can be used to investigate, release and resolve
such repressed material which otherwise can act like a pressure cooker deep
within the mind, causing all kinds of problems of the mind and body.
however, it is more a case of coming to terms with whatever is causing all
the stress, upset, hurt or panic and using hypnosis to enable the person
concerned to calm down and relax as their nerves become strong and steady.
Hypnotherapy is also an exellent means of helping the mind to automatically
cope with future stress much more easily and confidently, whatever the situation.
An immediate response to treatment is not at all unusual, often within one
or two sessions. You can be assured of my sympathetic, confidential and
professional help to bring relief in the shortest possible time.
Imagine being able to control your emotions at will! If only we could programme
our brains like computers and maybe have a special keyboard with a lead
connecting to the brain, enabling us to type out commands such as 'calm'
or 'confidence and then just press 'enter'! In actual fact we are
programming our subconscious minds all the time with our repeated thoughts.
If you constantly imagine or visualise say, an exam, driving test, presentation
or interview going wrong you are constantly pairing negative, anxious thoughts
with those events. This has the effect of eventually conditioning the mind
to always associate anxiety with those events.The more often we rehearse
the idea of being anxious, the more the subconscious mind is trained to
make us anxious. When those events actually take place the mind has now
been trained so well to produce the anxiety, it does so automatically, regardless
of what actually transpires and it cannot usually be overidden
There are so
many different forms of anxiety treated by hypnotherapy, it is impossible
to deal with them all under one heading:
- Being in
a state generally
- Panic attacks
- Fears and
coping with stress
- Worry and
- Anxiety linked
to low self esteem or confidence
many more. (Some may appear on the A-Z of problems list).
Let me reassure
you that whatever form you suffer from, being anxious or worked
up in a state is a totally natural thing, and ironically, the subconscious
mind is actually trying to help you not realising that the anxiety
is disabling and unecessary and is doing the opposite to helping
you. Hypnotherapy is a powerful means of communicating with the
automatic, subconscious parts of the mind that are responsible for
the problem, it is a way of releasing feelings of calm and confidence
in place of anxiety. Other therapy methods usually treat only the
conscious mind (which the sufferer already has control over in any
case) and as a result of the probings of some therapies, the automatic
feelings of anxiety just continue, or even worsen.
How can the
mind get it all so wrong in the first place? It's all quite simple
really.The human race has existed for many millions of years, and
appart from the last few thousand years, we have lived as primitives,
yet our brains and minds have remained virtually the same. In the
primitive state the mind responds to stress in a way that will protect
you from attack or danger, putting you in a state of readiness to
run or fight. We still have that primitive response inbuilt even
though we no longer live in the wild and have different dangers.
Psychologists refer to it as the 'fight or flight syndrome'
live in a primitive hilltop village and one, peaceful day you notice
an army has silently gathered, possibly to advance on your settlement,
you can see the army like a stationery dark swarm, waiting in the
distance. Will they attack or move on? - You dont sleep well that
night...why?..because your mind has put you in a worked up state
in order to protect you, to keep you worked up so that you can run
away or fight, as is necessary. You can't concentrate on your work
in the vilage, you feel anxious and stressed all the time. As the
days of wating go by you notice physical changes in your body and
body chemistry, everytime you notice the army below you feel a sense
of panic, after a while you only have to think of the army or even
look at a sword and your mind will have become conditioned to automatically
trigger the feelings of panic. Your heart races, ready for you to
run or fight. Your body stays in this state of anxiety, diverting
all its energy and goodness in order to keep you in readines. It
does this for so long you become physically and mentally drained
and run down, prone to illness.The army eventually move on, but
for days and weeks, and for some maybe even years, the anxiety state
thing is, your 21st Century mind is no different to the primitive
mind, it is geared up the same, it cannot tell the difference between
the relatively trivial stresses and worries of modern life in the
home or workplace, and the threats and stresses in the primitive
life, so it reacts in the same way and puts you in the same state
of readiness to fight or run, thinking you are actually in danger.
If something constantly makes us anxious, we can end up and remain
in the same, primitive state of emergency, even if the original
anxiety provoking stimulus disappears. The original stressor may
have gone but worrying about being in a state just perpetuates it.
people who easily get into anxiety states or have panic attacks
would probably survive well in the wild, they would be the survivors.
They would be first to be up and away to safety while others slept,
as the army advanced. Hypnotherapy can help reassure the deep, inner
mind that there is no longer any useful purpose for such states.
If any anxiety producing, distressing thought (for example, about
a person or a situation) is repeated often enough, it can cause
the associated feelings of upset to gradually become a conditioned
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