Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety_and_stress-320x320Anxiety is a general feeling of unease. It can range from occasional periods of worry about specific events, such as public speaking, a driving test or exams, to constant fearfulness about anything and everything. In extreme cases anxiety can result in full-blown panic attacks.

Sustained anxiety is debilitating and can affect your enjoyment and quality of life. It means you can find it difficult to relax and this can affect both your emotional and physical well-being.

Emotional symptoms can include irritability, difficulty concentrating, problems sleeping, fearing the worst, feeling out of control, weepy or overwhelmed, obsessive thoughts and repetitive behaviour. Physical symptoms can include muscular tension, headaches or migraines, raised blood pressure, upset stomachs and skin complaints. Other negative patterns can include over eating and drinking.

Anxiety can build up over a long period of time without us even realising it, or it can come on suddenly as a result of something such as illness or a change in circumstances for instance.

At the extreme, people who have been fully in control of their lives suddenly find they can’t leave their own home, can’t work or can’t drive their car. For some it’s simply a matter of feeling negative or under-confident.

How can hypnotherapy help?

Anxiety, like many stress-related conditions, tends to creep up on us. Busy lives, pressures of work, relationship issues or financial worries all take their toll. You may find yourself caught in a cycle of negative thinking whereby negative thoughts heighten anxiety levels which leads to more negative thoughts and so on.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a modern research-based combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis, aimed at encouraging you to focus on how you want things to be. We avoid problem-talk and instead help you to visualise your preferred future.

By encouraging you to think and express yourself positively we can help to reduce your anxiety. By reducing anxiety other related symptoms often improve and you’ll feel more in control and better able to cope with life’s stresses.