Anxiety – Don’t suffer in silence!

Posted: 6th July 2017

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By: Sue Wilkinson

Brief anxiety is a natural response, but persistent anxiety leads to feelings of fear and apprehension even in non-threatening situations. It triggers the same area of the brain that deals with our fight or flight response. The release of certain chemicals into our system then creates the physical symptoms associated with an anxiety attack; heightened pulse, shortening of breath, sweating etc. and can lead to a panic attack in some cases.

Anxiety is often created by internal dialogue about a situation that is perceived by the individual to be a danger. Previous memories of a dangerous or unpleasant situation, the fear of being judged by others or a phobia, are all triggers common to sufferers. Sometimes, an anxiety attack comes ‘out of the blue’ and there appears to be no explanation. There is a new form of anxiety that is going to be a very big problem in the future – social media anxiety.

The rise of smart phones and the need to feel connected 24/7 is giving rise to more situations that can be a catalyst for anxiety.

A traditional remedy for anxiety is a prescription for mood enhancing drugs such as diazepam and clonazepam. Whilst these can be helpful as a ‘sticking plaster’ remedy, on a long-term basis it is far healthier to seek help to find the root cause of the anxiety and treat that.

This is where techniques like Thought Field Therapy (TFT), hypnosis and Psy-TaP can be extremely effective.

These techniques work with the sub-conscious mind and emotions, which is where the problem is rooted. Anxiety is an emotional response, and internalised by the sufferer. It may have a root cause in a very real experience that happened in the past, or a perceived fear that is created in the conscious mind in certain situations. Someone experiencing an anxiety attack may not have a conscious explanation for the reaction, but the sub-conscious will know what it is.

These relatively modern techniques work to help the sufferer recognise the cause, understand the reaction and make a positive change to the trigger.

TFT is a useful technique that clears old emotions from memories, allowing the memory to be experienced in a positive or useful way. Memory without emotion is wisdom!

If you suffer from anxiety, whether it is a specific anxiety such as public speaking, exam nerves/driving test, social anxiety or a general, unknown anxiety, there is a way to make positive change and free you from this unpleasant reaction.

Hypnosis can be very affective in finding a hidden cause that may have been buried in the sub-conscious many years ago. It can be a positive experience and as relaxation is a nice side effect of hypnosis, often one that people enjoy.

Have a look at my website for more information and some free tips and techniques.