What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear, or unease, which can be mild or severe. Symptoms of anxiety include overthinking, restlessness, a feeling of dread, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and being overly emotional. Still, they can also manifest themselves physically through dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, sweating and having a dry mouth. We all suffer from feelings of anxiety from time to time, as it is a natural human response that occurs when we feel that we could be under threat. Many of us experience anxiety when we are sitting an exam, being interviewed, or delivering a presentation, and this is perfectly normal. However, if you suffer from persistent worries which impact your daily life, this might mean that you have generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues. If you suffer from GAD, you will usually feel anxious regularly, and once one anxious thought is resolved, it will quickly be replaced by another one.
What are the Most Common Causes of Anxiety?
Many different factors can cause anxiety. Firstly, many medical conditions cause anxiety, such as:
- Panic disorder: Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder; as with this condition, you regularly experience panic attacks of fear.
- Phobic disorders: If you suffer from a phobic disorder, such as agoraphobia or aerophobia, you will likely experience unrealistic, intense anxiety when you think about the object, situation, or circumstance that you fear. Please visit our page to find out about how hypnotherapy for phobias works.
- Stress disorders: If you have been diagnosed with a stress disorder, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you will experience anxiety when triggered by a frightening or distressing event.
- Social anxiety disorder: Social anxiety disorder leaves you feeling anxious, nervous or uncomfortable in social situations.
Additionally, anxiety is commonly caused by external factors, including:
- Stress in the workplace;
- Stress from school or university over an exam or test;
- The strain on or breakdown of personal relationships and friendships;
- Financial issues;
- Global occurrences or political issues;
- Emotional trauma, such as the death of a family member;
- Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse;
- Unpredictable or uncertain world events, such as natural disaster and the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Having a serious and/or chronic mental illness;
- A side effect of certain medications, such as medicines for seizures, Parkinson’s Disease and high blood pressure.
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How Could Hypnotherapy Help You Tackle Your Anxiety?
Research has shown that clinical hypnotherapy can be effective at easing anxiety in patients. Whilst there are free treatments for anxiety available on the NHS, often waiting lists are long, so Focused Hypnosis could offer you an accessible and efficient form of natural treatment. Your hypnotherapist will help you achieve a deeply relaxed mindset, where you can clearly imagine the thing or situation which makes you anxious. Then, your hypnotherapist will talk you through coping methods that will help you control your anxiety. At Focused Hypnosis Sheffield, we will work with you to tackle the negative thought patterns that occur with anxiety and replace them with positive images and verbal repetitions. By mentally facing your anxiety in a safe environment, you will be more likely to tackle it in real life. Visit our blog to find out more about how does hypnotherapy work.
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What to Expect from an Anxiety Hypnotherapy Session?
In your first hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will begin by explaining how hypnosis works. After that, you’ll have a conversation to establish what you think might be causing your anxiety and agree on the methods that your hypnotherapist will use.
Then, the hypnotherapist may:
- Use guided relaxation techniques, such as speaking in a soothing voice, to lull you into a deeply relaxed state of mind and body;
- Use your agreed method to help you achieve your goal. For example, teaching you coping methods for meeting new people;
- To conclude the session, your hypnotherapist will gradually bring you out of your trance-like state.
Benefits of Curing Anxiety with Hypnotherapy
- Hypnotherapy sends you into a deeply relaxed state of mind and body, which will help relieve your stress, fear, and anxiety.
- Hypnotherapy can allow you to learn how to remain calm when facing your fears.
- At Focused Hypnosis, we will offer you the tools to think more confidently, so your fears become more tolerable when you experience them in real life.
- Unlike many other forms of psychological treatment, hypnotherapy is self-led, so you can control the methods that your hypnotherapist will use, and you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state whenever you want to.
- Hypnotherapy offers you independence and allows you to directly influence your future. It teaches you self-sufficient techniques that can be practised for the rest of your life, which will allow you to take charge of your self-management and self-care.
- Hypnotherapy delves into your unconscious to discover when your anxieties developed and treats these emotional issues so that the anxiety does not resurface later in life.
- Hypnotherapy is all-natural and has little side-effects or complications.
- Hypnotherapy is cost-effective and a cheaper option for psychological treatment, as it only requires around six sessions. Visit our blog to find out how much does hypnotherapy cost.
Will Hypnotherapy Help Me Cure My Anxiety?
Hypnosis can be an effective, efficient, and accessible form of treatment if you need help tackling anxiety. However, hypnosis is not the right form of treatment for everyone. For example, if you are not open to hypnosis, you will not achieve a trance-like state. Also, for some serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, hypnosis can have detrimental effects as it can create false memories.
Hopefully this page has given you some new information to help you go about tackling your anxiety issues. Our team of hypnotherapists have all dealt with anxiety related issues so please contact us to arrange a friendly chat.