Are you worried, uneasy, with a vague sense of unease?
Do you feel a constant nagging anxiety? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed, trapped, with no way out? Do you suffer from panic attacks, or the fear of panic attacks? These are signs of anxiety.
Would you rather feel confident to deal with everything life brings? Do you want to wake up every morning feeling calm, happy, assured?
Well, with hypnosis you can.
Wellington Hypnosis knows the latest techniques for dealing with stress, worry and loss of confidence. For many years hypnosis proved itself to be the natural and healthy way to deal with psychological problems. Worry and stress are the result of uncontrolled thoughts. These build up and build up and the constant repetition of going over and over what can go wrong is actually what is causing the problem. Hypnosis takes the inner strength of your own mind uses it to change how you manage your thoughts. Hypnosis changes how you deal with habitual patterns of unhealthy thinking. It is very hard to fight the symptoms without help. Antidepressants work very well for some cases, but long term use can lead to dependency, and when you come off the drugs the symptoms soon come back again. Learning to use hypnosis lets you control how you deal with your internal concerns, and that changes how you actually feel.
Anxiety is normal. Having some anxiety is a natural survival mechanism. Everybody needs some level of anxiety: it helps us to recognise danger and to stay out of harm's way. Anxiety is only a problem when we have too much of it and worrying becomes a way of life. But you should not be feeling anxious about travelling, meeting people, going to work or what other people might think about you. Ordinary everyday things can be very frightening. Sometimes despite your best efforts the feelings become overwhelming and you feel like you are going to die. These and other anxieties need to be treated. It not just you who suffers: the effects are seen on the family and knowing they are being hurt eats away at self esteem and confidence all the more.
Anxiety falls into three groups: generalised anxiety; phobias; and panic attacks. The most common one is generalized anxiety, the anxiety that seems to have no specific cause. This typically gradually gets worse over time. Trying to face it and forcing yourself to do it often just makes it worse and causes even more loss of confidence. About five percent of the population suffer from this but few seek treatment. Most don't realise they need treatment or that treatment even exists. However, there are very effective treatments available, including hypnosis. Even chronic anxiety can be turned into the level of calm and control you want. It might take several sessions of hypnosis, but it can be achieved.
Anxiety frequently arises when some event at work or in relationships causes stress and that stress is then applied to other areas. In other cases a person may have had to live through a long period of stress and responded to it by generating a level of stress, and that level of anxiety has become a habit. Or the person may have gone through some dramatic crisis, and even though the crisis is over they cannot let go of the stress and anxiety that it generated. It is as if their switch is permanently stuck at On. If left uncontrolled, this can lead to panic attacks. Panic attacks are not actually dangerous, but the fear of having a panic attack stops many from enjoying life to the full.
Chronic anxiety occurs when the person is not aware of any reason for feeling anxious but is unable to stop worrying about the future. Because there is no real reason for it people start worrying about why they feel anxious which causes even more anxiety and so the problem gets worse. People with unfounded anxiety manage to keep the process under control most of the time but the problem just keeps on. The effort of keeping anxious thoughts under control all the time is itself stress causing so the problem feeds on itself.
To manage anxiety effectively it is necessary to break the cycle with hypnosis .
The first step is to help you understand how the anxiety process works and to give you the tools to manage the things that are causing the stress.
Learning self hypnosis will take you into a state of deep relaxation. This will temporarily turn off the overactive "fight or flight" response and will reduce the level of stress hormones in your body. Many anxious people don't know how to relax or what relaxation actually feel likes. Relaxation techniques can be applied instantly and automatically whenever a stressful situation emerges. Just giving your mind a break from constant stress can be very beneficial.
Most of the stress in your life comes from future events that are not stressful in themselves but are things that you can imagine going wrong. Thinking of all the ways that things can wrong triggers more stress and cause more anxiety. Meeting someone, writing a report, going somewhere new - these and other ordinary things can generate overwhelming feelings which almost guarantees failure which generates even more anxiety. This process is known as catastrophizing.
You will be taught how to use visualisation to create a better picture of how things will turn out. By using the tools to imagine bright outcomes to every event you automatically defuse potentially stressful situations as they arise and therefore break the cycle before it starts.
Everything we do, everything we see and hear automatically causes the subconscious mind to 'go inside' to find matching experiences from the past. This process is normally goes on unnoticed. However for an anxious person, all the retrieved images have the potential for catastrophe. Eating a red apple, for example, might cause the mind to seek previous occasions of eating an apple, or of red things in general. The mind will rapidly flick through its 'filing cabinet' and highlight one or two images or memories. These are normally below the level of conscious awareness but in the brief instant that they flicker across the mind, the anxious person will react with a momentary surge of anxiety without ever being aware of the cause. Every time the person does the same activity or sees the same thing, these same memory retrievals happen.In many instances worry and uncertainty is linked to some more general issue. It is often useful to consider using hypnosis to deal with that first.
With practice you can learn to become aware of any images that cause a reaction. Then just grab the memory, usually as an image, and consciously examine it. If the memory is harmless then it gets let go, if it actually has some kind of negative association then awareness can remove the negative associations.
Doing this will let you get rid of all kinds distressing memories and feelings.
Part of the hypnosis session includes a series of post hypnotic suggestions about how you will behave when confronted with a problem situation. This will stop you even starting to panic. The post hypnotic suggestion takes you into a pre-rehearsed behaviour, so instead of reacting with distress and panic, you end up calm and in control.
The session ends with direct suggestions aimed at increasing your confidence at all times and places. Once you have learned to practice self hypnosis you will have the confidence of knowing that you can handle a panic attack. Most panic attacks are more about the fear of an attack happening in a public place, rather than the panic attack itself.