Are you constantly worried or feeling on edge, yet have no idea why? Is anxiety driving you mad with frustration? Has anxiety made you feel like a recluse or does anxiety hold you back from doing the things you want to do?
In the hope of overcoming your anxiety you may have been prescribed antidepressants or beta blockers by your doctor. And while these may have suppressed the anxiety in the short term, it's still affecting you, the decisions you make, and controlling your life.
If so, then maybe it's time to consider hypnotherapy as a way to help clear the root cause and the symptoms of anxiety so that you can enjoy life again. To find out more, call me on 01772 499046 or "email me by clicking here".
Day to day anxiety
We all get anxious, stressed and a little nervous from time to time and experience a touch of the butterflies, typically this may be before a test or exam, at a job interview or giving a talk or presentation.
Anxiety and stress is something all of us have experienced at some point in our lives, and to a certain extent in short bursts, stress can be a useful stimulant and motivator causing us to do our best.
Despite what you may have been told, thought or have read, depression, anxiety and panic attacks are not a sign of weakness. Far from it, they are simply signs of having tried to remain strong by holding things in for too long, and 1 in 3 of us go through this at some point in our lives?
What is anxiety, and what are the causes of anxiety?
Anxiety can be extremely overwhelming and affect people in a variety of ways, both physically and mentally. Anxiety attacks can be very frightening and even following recovery, it is perfectly natural to feel shocked, embarrassed and upset.
Many people are dealing with anxiety or panic attacks as a result of being bullied through life, be that at school, work or in day to day life. Bullying can have long-term effects on people's lives. Even when it has stopped it can still cause stress, anxiety, panic attacks, reduced self-esteem and a general loss of confidence affecting family life, relationships and work.
There are many definitions of what anxiety is, and from my experience of working with people, anxiety is an expression of fear due to an unconscious awareness of danger. Whether this danger is real, imagined or irrational is unimportant because something in the environment triggered the anxious response and it feels real for them.
Anxiety is quite normal!
Anxiety is a normal response to feeling threatened, which can be created through a number of situations such as by anger, frustration fear, being sad, traumatic events, feeling helpless, fears about preparing for a test or exams, fears about presenting etc.
The difficulty comes when the normal butterfly feelings that we experience from time to time become overwhelming, and prevent you from living your life the way you'd like it.
Anxiety symptoms are many and fall into three areas physical, emotional and behavioural, and can go unnoticed until one day you feel overwhelmed with life. Everything bothers you, from your work to your favourite pet at home. You may even start doubting your sanity. All of this results in the feeling of being out of control.
In many cases excess anxiety and stress may cause confused thinking, depression, over-eating, excessive drinking, reckless driving, high blood pressure, heart problems, and a myriad of other health problems.
What is a panic attack?
A panic attack is a sudden episode of unreasoning fear or panic. Many attacks cause severe physical symptoms to the extent that the person may think they are dying or having a heart attack.
Panic attacks are common and can be a symptom in their own right and are caused by the body reaching a high level of anxiety, causing us to experience severe symptoms.
They are usually a learned behaviour from events and these events may be work, family or socially based, and while having a panic attack, a person may have a sense of being in danger and have a strong desire to get away or escape. Phobias are also panic attacks and fit well into this description.
What is General Anxiety Disorder?
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is much more than the normal anxiety that people experience on a day to day basis. GAD is chronic and exaggerated worry and tension, and it's there even if nothing seems to provoke it. Having GAD means you are always anticipating disaster, and often worry excessively about things such as health, family, work etc. Sometimes the source of the worry is hard to pinpoint and simply the thought of getting through the day can provoke anxiety.
Sufferers of GAD can't seem to shake off their concerns even though they realise their anxiety is a more extreme reaction than the situation requires. People with GAD are usually unable to relax, they struggle falling and staying asleep. Often their worries are accompanied by physical symptoms such as trembling, twitching, headaches, sweating or hot flushes. Clients with GAD often talk about how they feel lightheaded or out of breath and have a lump in their throat..
GAD comes on gradually and can hit people at any time of their life. It's generally diagnose when someone spends at least 6 months worrying excessively about everyday problems.
Anxiety or panic attack symptoms usually begin abruptly and can include:
- Chest pains
- Dry mouth
- Insomnia and poor sleep habit
- Often feeling irritable
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness, light headed, feeling faint
- Hard to concentrate
- Indigestion, stomach cramps
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat, palpitations
- Stomach churning
- Tension and muscle pains
How does Hypnotherapy and EFT help me overcome my anxiety, general anxiety disorder, stress and panic attacks?
Hypnotherapy can help by identifying the root cause of the anxiety, and then cleanse and break the associations to this triggering event so that it no longer bothers you and you can take control and get on with life normally.
Additionally Hypnotherapy and EFT has an immediate effect on current stress and anxiety levels evident by reductions in blood pressure, breathing rate, and pulse rates, helping you to start sleeping better, improve your digestion, improve your mood and increase your motivation.
Hypnosis and EFT have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to switch off the stress response and bring us back into balance. It also trains us to become more aware of stress signals in the body, giving us the chance to respond more effectively. We can take intelligent action rather than reacting blindly by losing our temper, drinking too much, overworking, or whatever other actions we tend to take.
Dealing with stress, anxiety and panic attacks with hypnotherapy helps you:
- To feel more relaxed and calm everyday
- To cope better with stress and anxiety
- To help prevent you from becoming down and depressed
- To have better concentration and focus on what you want and how you respond
- To cope with chronic pain or illness
- To enjoy and appreciate life more
- To handle strong emotions more successfully
- To accept yourself more
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required to deal with your issue will vary according your individual circumstances and needs along with how quickly we can get to the root and cause of the problem.
What's the cost per session?
The cost per session is £60, with each session lasting around 2 hours.
How can I pay for treatment?
Payment is per session and can be paid in cash, debit card, Visa or MasterCard at the end of each session.
What's the next step in overcoming my anxiety and panic attacks?
If you have suffered long enough from anxiety and panic attacks, and it's time to regain your life back, then call me on 01772 499046 or email me by clicking here.
Summary of servicesChris Gelder Hypnotherapy
Finton Doyle Accountants, 107 - 109 Towngate
Hypnotherapy for help overcoming panic and anxiety attacks, social anxiety, exam nerves and stress, driving test stress, general anxiety disorder GAD in Leyland, Preston, Chorley, Lancashire.
Quick points about anxiety stress and panic attacks
It can be defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease, typically about an imminent event with an uncertain outcome, anxiety is often about fear.
It's a part of everyday life and we all experience it. It's natural and prepares us for fight or flight when faced with a danger.
Examples of anxiety - Generalised anxiety where we feel anxious all the time about nothing in particular. Panic attacks bring on feelings of being out of control and fear that we may die. Phobias are fears of specific thing such as frogs, flying...