Stress, Anxiety and Panic

Stress

Stress is a feeling of overwhelm and pressure and anxiety is a state of worry and unease. Both are conditions with which we are all familiar.

All of us have experienced temporary stress over circumstances in our lives and this is a natural way our body reacts to pressure and overwhelm. From time to time, this may interfere with our capacity to work and live happy, fulfilled lives. If the cause is known and remedied, then we recover, our bodies just taking a little time to bring us back into balance.

However, high levels of physiological stress over long periods of time are dangerous to our health. The sympathetic nervous system in our bodies that we know of as the fight, freeze, flight response is necessary to save our lives during emergencies. When it is constantly switched on, however, our bodies are flooded with high levels of cortisol and related stress chemicals. Long term physiological stress, it is now generally agreed, is related to almost all health issues.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a state of worry. Mild anxiety over certain specific events such as a job interview is normal and can be motivating. Severe anxiety is when we are plagued by fears that we can’t shift and constantly imagine worst case scenarios. This state interferes with our ability to function and is injurious to our health.

Panic attacks (see September 2011 newsletter for further information), insomnia, feeling irritated and being unable to focus are common symptoms of anxiety. Phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder are also types of anxiety disorder.

Why do I feel “stressed out”? Why do I worry so much? What causes panic attacks?

Stress and anxiety can be the result of a single event, but more often are due to a series of events to which you have had a negative response. We get into habits of thinking which may not be conducive to our emotional and physical health. These are usually learned in childhood. So, if the belief in your family was, “Life is a struggle, everything is difficult”, or “People are out to get you”. and you adopted these beliefs, you could experience states of anxiety that you can’t shake.

Feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness lead to stressful, anxious conditions. Constant self-criticism, for example, “I’m not good enough”, or “I’m stupid”, make us on edge as we anticipate the worst.

Painful imprints can be left by traumatic childhood experiences or by experiences that were misconstrued or misunderstood by our immature minds. They can also lead to negative emotions that are difficult to control and catastrophic thinking as we obsess about health, accidents and bad experiences.

How can cognitive hypnotherapy help?

By learning relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques you can slow your heartbeat, reduce your levels of stress and anxiety and feel a sense of balance. We will help you to challenge and change negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself; this in turn will help you to change how you react to “stressful” events. We use powerful hypnotic language to calm you and to help you to develop a more realistic outlook and sense of optimism.

Hypnotherapy for stress, anxiety and panic attacks is available in Henley on Thames, Isle of Wight and St John’s Wood, London. Call or email now to arrange your free 30 minutes telephone consultation so that you can talk about your issue and ask any questions that you have.