Stress and Anxiety
Around twelve million adults see their GPs with mental health problems each year – most of these suffer from anxiety and depression, much of which is stress related.
Of course, stress is something which we all experience; it is part of modern life. Indeed, some degree of stress is essential to help us all function effectively and to enjoy life to the full. Take for example top performers in sports, the arts and entertainment. Some degree of stress is essential for them to perform at their best. But when stress and anxiety become too much for us to cope with it can affect the quality of our lives. It can lead to under-achievement, lack of motivation, cause deep unhappiness and depression, affect personal relationships and cause distressing physical symptoms such as Panic attacks, IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Stress and Anxiety can be as a result of specific physical, social or emotional circumstances or can be a 'build up' of difficulties, for some it becomes almost a 'learned behaviour' and we can get stuck in a negative cycle of thoughts, symptoms and behaviours.
Acute or chronic stress and anxiety inappropriately set off our primitive the ‘fight or flight’ response. This is nature’s way of helping us survive in the face of danger – the body prepares us to either fight or run away. This ‘fight or flight’ is a primitive response there to ensure our survival, this response has not evolved as we have but it has adapted and manifest in modern day symptoms of anger, anxiety and depression. Often it is not the events in our lives that cause us stress and anxiety but our perceptions of those events.
However, what we need to be aware of is that the word ‘stress’ is rather abstract and vague; we need to ask ourselves ‘what specifically is making me feel anxious?’ It is by identifying these ‘stressors’ that we can begin to deal with them in more healthy and effective ways.
Hypnotherapy is now recognised as one of the most successful interventions (if necessary in conjunction with medication) in the treatment of Depression and Anxiety.
During Hypnotherapy the therapist will guide you into a relaxed state enabling direct access to your subconscious (primitive) mind. This is where our instinctive behaviour patterns and natural reactions are formed. Using positive suggestion and imagery the therapist is able to focus on the behaviours that you wish to change giving you the ability to cope in different situations in a calm and effective way.
Using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy you will be giving to tools to able to control your anxiety levels and have a calmer more confident approach to all situations. Its success can be aided by self hypnosis and the free relaxation CD you will receive at your initial consultation.