Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Stress
Excessive stress and anxiety can lead to problems with confidence and self-esteem and trigger or exacerbate panic attacks and depression.
Stress is the evolutionary natural physical response to situations where we feel under threat. The “fight or flight” response is designed to keep us safe from physical danger and enables us to run away from attackers or prepare us to put up a good fight. Our muscles tense, our blood pressure increases the blood circulation to the heart and we breathe faster to get more oxygen into our blood so that our limbs are ready for action. Once the danger has passed our body should rebalance itself and return to a calm state.
However, the world we live in today can mean that we’re subject to continual low grade stress – critical bosses, unrealistic deadlines, exams, presentations, traffic jams, pressure to achieve, bad news, fear of crime, deadly diseases, all of these things drip small amounts of stress hormones into our bodies and have a cumulative effect that can often cause us to be in a constant state of alert which can lead to physical symptoms. If we start worrying about these physical symptoms they can cause even more anxiety which leads to stronger symptoms and so the vicious cycle goes on.
Symptoms can include:
- hot flushes
- feeling cold
- breathing difficulties
- fast heartbeat
- feeling faint
- dry mouth
- light head
Some people also experience a fear of losing control, fainting, or falling.
If fear of something is restricting your life or you’re having to change your lifestyle to cope with the very real feeling of panic that overwhelms you in certain circumstances, then you’re not alone.
People are often embarrassed about their stress and anxiety because they think they’re silly but it makes perfect sense – they’re part of our instinctive natural survival system. If we’ve learned at a younger age or at an unconscious level that a certain situation feels risky, it makes perfect sense to feel afraid so that we’ll take action to avoid doing something dangerous.
Using Cognitive Hypnotherapy for stress and anxiety means that we aim to reprogram the negative thought patterns and calm the physical symptoms in the shortest time possible to enable you to stay calm and take back control of your feelings.