Hypnosis for anxiety
What is anxiety?
Anxiety can be described as an exaggerated and intensified state of fear. It’s a state in which you are actively focused on what it is you’re afraid of or worried about. You perceive it as an ongoing, constant and real threat. For example, you might have some level of fear around others’ opinions. This is of course quite common and ‘normal’ to a degree. But if this develops into an irrational, constant worrying about how you are perceived or how people will judge you – this would be a social anxiety. In this case you might constantly feel self-conscious, always in a state of worrying and expecting the worst to happen, and as a result you might feel unable to interact productively with others, whether in general or specific social situations, public speaking etc. In cases like this you might want to consider using hypnosis for anxiety. This is because anxiety can be incredibly difficult to overcome alone. Receiving care from a specialist you’ll be able to take back control over your emotional state; to either eliminate or greatly reduce your levels of anxiety so that you no longer have to suffer the pain of that emotional distress or its debilitating effects on your lifestyle.
Symptoms of anxiety
The symptoms of anxiety are an exaggerated stress response or what’s called the ‘fight-or-flight’ response. This is a primal defense mechanism which protects you against threats in your environment, so that if you’re in danger your body triggers an adrenaline response that causes your heart to beat faster, pumping blood and oxygen around your body and specifically to your arms and legs so that you can fight or run away. In this state you might feel on high alert, unable to physically calm down or relax, and your mind might be racing with thoughts, unable to focus or quieten down. This fight-or-flight response is nature’s way of protecting you from real danger and keeping you safe. However when you experience this when there is no real danger present, or for prolonged periods of time, this is a state of anxiety which is not beneficial. It’s often rooted in a past experience that triggered fear in a specific situation (whether we’re consciously aware of the event or memory or not) which has generalised and ‘transferred’ onto other situations, however it can also be a result of escalating and ongoing stress.
Anxiety can express itself in different ways, such as:
- Agitation and Irritability
- Fear of losing control
- Irrational catastrophic thoughts
- Avoidance of particular situations
Almost everyone experiences feeling anxious at some points in their life – this is again normal. However if not dealt with, whether with hypnosis for anxiety or with other tools, it can also lead to anxiety disorders, panic attacks and phobias which can become hugely limiting.
A panic attack is when the symptoms of anxiety escalate abruptly, rapidly and intensely, reaching a peak within minutes. During a panic attack, it’s difficult to access your rational mind. A panic attack typically includes some of the following symptoms:
- Racing heartbeat
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of choking
- Chest tightness, pain or discomfort
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Feeling dizzy, light-headed or faint
- Chills or sensations of heat
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Feelings of detachment or dissociation from reality, oneself or one’s body
- Fear of losing control or of ‘going mad’
- Fear of death
How can hypnosis for anxiety help?
Anxiety and its related states is one of the most common issues treated by hypnotherapy. This is because hypnosis for anxiety and panic attacks is very effective and powerful. The state of hypnotic trance is in itself a state of profound relaxation, which counteracts the anxiety response. Secondly, using hypnosis for anxiety, one can learn to enter this state on their own – becoming more in control of their own mental and emotional state. Thirdly, through different hypnotic techniques, the cause or past experience which has originally triggered the fear can be found and dealt with. Additionally, beliefs which support the anxiety and negative thought patterns can also be changed – on a subconscious level when ‘being rational’ is not enough. Finally, in the hypnotic relaxed state, one can safely ‘rehearse’ future imagined situations while responding in a more confident way.
Using the Sedona Method in conjunction with hypnosis for anxiety, you can accelerate the process of releasing fears, changing beliefs and becoming more in control. Another great benefit of the method is that it works by dissolving resistance – which is one of the major keys for controlling the symptoms of anxiety and panic. This is because when you’re experiencing anxiety, you become focused on the symptoms, fearing them and what you expect to happen next, and in turn they escalate even more. You begin to fear the anxiety itself, which creates a very vicious cycle. The method can give you a very effective tool for breaking this cycle.
Anxiety can be incredibly challenging to overcome alone. Receiving specialist treatment using hypnosis for anxiety as well as the Sedona Method, you’ll be able to to take back control over your own emotional state. You’ll become more relaxed, confident and more in control in trigger situations as well as let go of the fears that have created the anxiety in the first place. You’ll be able to either eliminate or significantly reduce your anxiety levels so that you no longer have to suffer that emotional discomfort or the limiting effects anxiety has on your life.