Anxiety is a natural emotion that most people will experience at some level during their lives. Similar to stress anxiety can help to keep us safe e.g. making us wary of going into an unknown situations which could be potentially dangerous.
Problems occur if the anxiety becomes overwhelming and starts to occur seemingly for no reason. Panic attacks can strike out of the blue, leaving you feeling out of control. Other symptoms of anxiety: – insomnia, feeling sick, restless, jumpy, trapped, sweating, shaking, helpless, difficulty concentrating etc.
Excess anxiety can have a major limiting effect on life, causing you to avoid doing things. Life can become filled with worries about what might happen in the future, leaving you incapable of enjoying what is good in life right now.
A fear becomes a phobia when you feel you have to alter your lifestyle to cope with it e.g. not going on holiday because you are afraid to travel.
Some examples of phobias: – aerophobia (fear of flying), agoraphobia (fear of flying), emetophobia (fear of being sick), erythrophobia (fear of blushing), arachnophobia (fear of spiders), hypochondria (fear of illness), claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) etc.
If our unconscious believes something is dangerous, it will over-rule any rational thoughts, causing us great distress.
It can feel that no matter how hard you try you are rationally unable to control your anxiety.
Hypnotherapy communicates directly with the unconscious mind. It teaches the mind an alternative, more manageable way of responding to the situation or object which has previously caused the distress.