Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
Anxiety is a common experience.
It represents the ‘organism’ within us being stimulated, in order to deal with perceived danger.
That was fine for our cavemen ancestors who were frequently threatened by wild animals!.
They lived in a world where dangers and threats were immediate and physical, so they developed
the ‘fight or flight’ response, where the heart rate increases, pupils dilate and so on, as the body prepares for action.
In modern times, we are no longer open to such immediate threats, however the ‘fight or flight’ response remains.
Although anxiety can sometimes be justified, and in very small doses, can help us to ‘perform’ at our best, it is infrequently rational, and can hinder our day to day lives.
Some people who suffer from anxiety or panic disorder may have a chemical imbalance, which can respond to medication.
For others, it can be symptomatic of underlying psychological issues.
Hypnosis sessions can be successful in treating anxiety, by helping to relax the mind, assisting you in understanding symptoms and teaching you coping techniques.
As anxiety affects both mind and body, by relaxing the mind, we are sending a signal to the body to relax.
As tension leaves the body, the anxiety lessens.
It is impossible to be anxious and relaxed at the same time.
Performance anxiety also responds well to hypnosis.
Maybe you have an interview, an exam, or a presentation where you fear ‘negative evaluation’?.
We become anxious in such circumstances, because we are ‘internally focused’, monitoring our bodily symptoms, making negative ‘self- statements’ and comparing events to a similar past event which was a negative experience.
We convince ourselves that this experience WILL be the same.
Hypnosis helps to change the focus to ‘external’, where you focus on what’s going on around you,
and ‘forget about’ yourself.
Along with confidence building and ‘setting the scene’ of how you want things to turn out,
hypnosis can be a very powerful method of dealing with performance anxiety.