What is anxiety in Hypnotherapy?
Anxiety can be defined as ‘a response to a perceived threat’. Without this response, we could not survive.
All of us need to be able to react to stressful events and emergencies with an immediate surge in energy to enable us to deal with the situation we find ourselves in.
This reaction has been called the ‘fight or flight response’.
When a situation occurs that our minds perceive as dangerous, a whole host of complex chemical changes occur in our brains and bodies.
We may experience a surge of energy as adrenaline and other stress hormones are released, often enabling feats of seemingly superhuman strength in moments of crisis.
This is how our bodies are designed to react, and the subconscious ‘switches’ that fire up this response are vital for normal functioning.
Problems occur, however, when these switches are not functioning correctly, or when they do not switch off fully when the situation is no longer threatening.
- Anxiety is a response to a perceived threat, triggering a fight or flight response in our bodies.
- When anxiety switches in our subconscious malfunction or fails to switch off, it can lead to prolonged periods of heightened anxiety.
- Anxiety disorders are common and can cause symptoms such as insomnia, panic attacks, and constant worrying.
- Combining Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques can help address the underlying causes of anxiety and modify old habitual responses.
- Hypnotherapy offers powerful self-help techniques like self-hypnosis and relaxation, promoting a greater sense of calm.
The conscious mind may perceive a situation as only mildly threatening, but the subconscious may overreact and immediately bring the body to a state of full alert.
This pattern of behaviour and reaction, once established, often tends to worsen over time, leaving the sufferer exhausted and increasingly unable to cope.
Their ‘anxiety threshold’ – the point at which the fight or flight response is normally triggered – becomes much lower, and they are in this heightened and very unpleasant state for prolonged periods.
This can impact every other area of life, and if untreated, it can lead to depression and many physical ailments as the body finds much of its valuable resources burned up.
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common problems seen by both Physicians and Therapists.
Unresolved anxiety can produce very unpleasant symptoms, from insomnia to full-blown panic attacks; or perhaps just a constant feeling of never-ending “worrying”.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Anxiety with Hypnotherapy
The Hypnowellness approach focuses on discovering the underlying causes of your anxiety where this is appropriate; and by using combined Hypnotherapy and CBT Therapy techniques, you can learn to address these issues and begin to gently modify the old habitual responses.
An important part of my approach is also to teach powerful self-help techniques such as self-hypnosis, relaxation, and cognitive behavioural therapy methods, which, when practised, can lead to a much greater state of calm.
I see people regularly with anxiety issues at all my practise locations: in North London in Highgate and in Radlett (Herts), and in South Woodford in East London.
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