How I Can Help You Calm or Quell Your Anxiety
Take a look at the NHS definition of Anxiety outlined below:
“Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.”
But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can affect their daily lives. Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions including:
• Panic disorder
• Phobias, such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
• Social anxiety disorder (social phobia)
The most common ages for manifesting anxiety are 35 – 69, but there is an increasing incidence of anxiety in children and teenagers.
There are some self-help actions you can take to help yourself reduce your anxiety. You can:
• Take regular exercise,
• Quit smoking
• Reduce your intake of alcohol and caffeine
• Trying one of the apps in the “mental health apps and tools” in the NHS library.
If you want to achieve more than your own efforts have managed, then there is a good possibility that a series of face-to-face therapy sessions will help you. I have a range of strategies that I am qualified to use.
My preferred method is Hypnotherapy because of its potential to provide rapid results. It is a very safe process and I make sure that my clients remain in control of proceedings throughout. In many cases, they declare that it has helped them to relax to a deeper level than they have been able to manage for years. Relaxation is the key to enabling your mind to let go of misbeliefs and unhelpful thoughts.
I believe that the reason people find it so difficult to change their self-destructive thinking and behaviour is that those beliefs are held in their unconscious mind. When we tell ourselves to change, we are usually only able to reach the conscious mind. The conscious mind is already convinced that a new, more constructive, internal program is required but the unconscious mind steadfastly holds it in place. It does so with the best of intentions; it believes it is beneficial to you. The best way of reaching that part of the mind is to use deep relaxation as achieved by trance.
Other methods I may choose to use are:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
This uses the phenomenon that by focusing the eyes on a moving object, the entrenched “loop” of negative belief can be interrupted and new, more helpful, beliefs built to replace them.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
EFT draws on the ancient wisdom that we have specific points in our bodies where meridian lines intersect. By tapping these at the same time as voicing a statement, we can make changes to deep-seated effects from old, negative experiences and traumas. The points are those that have been recognised and used in acupressure for centuries.
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
NLP draws together the processes used by a number of highly successful therapists, coaches and outstanding professionals in the fields of business, sport, and the performing arts.
These three methods are carried out with the client in fully conscious mode.