It is normal to feel anxious or worried from time to time especially about something new or out of the ordinary.
However, when your anxious feelings have become habitual this can cripple your everyday life.
Thoughts can influence emotions and vice versa.
This means that your beliefs and negative thoughts can make you feel more anxious about a difficult situation. The more you focus on what can go wrong the more anxious you will become.
We all have core beliefs and these beliefs are often responsible for our responses to certain situation in our lives.
If you have a strong belief that the ‘world is a dangerous place’ you may look everywhere to prove this.
You will keep attracting events to your life in order to strengthen this core belief.
The more your beliefs become generalised the higher your anxiety level can rise causing you to feel stressed and other discomforts.
You may end up not wanting to leave your house based on your belief that ‘strangers aren’t safe’ or ‘people are judging me’.
In other words if you overestimate the danger and continually predict disaster your anxiety will increase dramatically.
Your negative thoughts or unrealistic self-statements will keep you in a constant state of alarm.
Your body tenses in the fight-or-flight reaction: you may experience stomach cramps or your heart beats faster or you feel short of breath the list goes on.
When you are on the edge all the time expecting something catastrophic to happen to you this will put your body under a great deal of stress.
This vicious circle can go on until you begin to fear fear itself.
This can lead to panic attacks - what you try to avoid at all costs.
By now you not only fear your ‘original fears’ but also dread the symptoms that fear causes in your body.
When you are experiencing the physical symptoms of your fears
such as pounding heart, lump in the throat, shortness of breath, the trembling legs, the dizziness or other discomforts you try everything to stop happening to your body.
Consequently you may end up avoiding any situation, person, or thing that reminds you of the feelings of your anxiety.
If this description sounds familiar to you and you think that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder the good news is that there is help for you.
With hypnotherapy, working with your subconscious mind can find the cause behind your anxiety.
The subconscious mind stores all of your memories, emotions and learned habits. In hypnosis (deep relaxation) you can access your subconscious mind and bring to your conscious mind all the information you need.
This can empower you and give you a new understanding of an issue thus helping you to resolve a problem.
In hypnosis, through positive suggestion and visualization you can also learn to have control over the physical symptoms of your anxiety.
You can learn how to slow your breathing and your heart rate.
Breathing fully and deeply when you are experiencing a panic attack will reduce the physical symptoms of an attack immediately.
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