Anxiety and stress are one of the primary issues clients come to see me with. These issues are an ever increasing problem in today’s busy world.
Anxiety is actually a natural state, and can be useful during short periods of stress. It is there to make us alert and aware of our surroundings. Thousands of years ago, when we lived in caves and hunted and gathered, anxiety kept us alive when there were dangerous predators all around. It meant that we kept our wits about us and stayed alive.
However, we’ve adapted this anxiety to modern-day life. Although we are unlikely to become a sabre-tooth Tiger’s lunch anymore, our brain still reacts to stress in exactly the same way as it did thousands of years ago.
Anxiety can be caused by a multitude of different events; illness, injury, marital/relationship issues, redundancy, financial problems…The list goes on. Very often, anxiety is exacerbated by our own thoughts! Negative thoughts can create negative feelings and the part of your brain you use when you imagine these negative events of the future cannot tell the difference between imagination and reality.
If anxiety is allowed to build up over a period of time, it can manifest itself in a multitude of different ways. A once confident, healthy and relaxed person can find themselves unable to leave the house, or perhaps under/over-eating, drinking too much, or suffering from panic attacks in public. Other times, it can be a feeling of impending doom or a constant feeling of unease.
The good news is, with new thought patterns, come new feelings. During our sessions, we will begin to have you focusing on the positive aspects of your life and the future you want to create for yourself. Positive thoughts and feelings actually create a new chemistry in your brain, increasing important hormones that help to make you feel better, and in combination with relaxation techniques and hypnosis, my clients are able to start the process of taking back control of their life.