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I sat in the car on a hill in sheer panic, tears streaming down my face worrying about how I was going to move without rolling into the car in front of me which was parked in close proximity. When I started the engine and let go of the handbrake the car would roll forward.
It wasn’t that I didn’t know how to drive, what happened is anxiety had consumed me and all I could see was that I was stuck. I couldn’t think, move or do anything. My heart was pounding and I felt sick. It didn’t come out of nowhere, I was in a constant state of stress and anxiety. It was just something to tip me over the edge in that moment leading me to a full blown panic attack.
Anxiety can manifest in many different ways and when our worries consume our mind it can really impact our daily life.
So what is happening? Why does anxiety inhibit our ability to do things, go places and make decisions? Why does anxiety make us avoid people, focus on the negative, worry about the future and check things?
Anxiety is created by negative thinking and the more we feed it, the more anxiety it creates. When we attach emotion to our thoughts it creates a physical response in the body. Our mind and body is primed for facing a life or death situation because it believes it’s surrounded by constant physical threats. It doesn’t matter what the thoughts are, if the mind perceives these threats they’re real and we will be on high alert to our surroundings. We’ll avoid places and people and check things because the primitive part of our brain thinks if we do or don’t do something we’ll die!
The issue we have is the primitive part of our brain reacting to events in modern day life that are not actually life threatening but making us feel like they are. The intellectual part of our brain is clouded of rational judgement and we’re left bubbling on the edge of fear waiting for the next thing to trigger us.
So can hypnotherapy help anxiety?
Definitely! Hypnotherapy works by reframing negative thoughts into positive thoughts, enabling you to focus on what is going well. Hypnotherapy calms the mind and allows the space for you to find the solutions in your own life that help you move forward. Instead of being stuck in fear you will be able to have a more optimistic outlook, making rational decisions and assessments in situations enabling you to cope better when dealing with challenges.
Hypnotherapy is an empowering journey, one that will draw on your own inner strengths and resources to make the changes needed to enhance your emotional well being and mental health.
If you feel anxiety is impacting your daily life and you would like help, I warmly invite you to book a free initial consultation where we can discuss your case. I do appreciate anxiety can make it hard to take that first step and I’d be happy to chat via text, email or phone initially to help put you at ease. Please do contact me with any questions you may have, I’d be happy to help.
Clinical Hypnotherapist DSFH, HPD, MNCH (Reg)
Spring to Life Hypnotherapy