The past two years have seen anxiety levels rise to new heights; those who were anxious before are feeling it more and for many who hadn’t experienced anxiety they are now feeling anxious about returning to work and living with the new ‘normal’!
While the coronavirus has brought major changes to our way of life, hypnosis can help you enjoy a healthier, more positive tomorrow. While the trauma associated with social distancing, COVID-19, and the aftermath are all very real, they are not inevitable.
What is anxiety and what are the solutions?
Anxiety is part of human survival and is completely normal. Think of our cavemen ancestors and the need to survive, to run away from danger or to stay and fight; If we feel threatened our adrenaline and cortisol rises to give us the strength to run or fight! We needed to eat, stay warm and warn off predators. If any of those things were threatened then our built-in fight or flight system would activate to flood our bodies with adrenaline to enable us to flee from danger or to fight.
Anxiety can be overlooked and can be a gradual build-up of the many pressures we all experience in the workplace, at home and in everyday life. Have you ever caught yourself worrying about things you can do nothing about or worrying for no reason at all? Or are you overworked with unrealistic deadlines, unachievable targets, and unable to delegate or offload in anyway, and the pressure just keeps building?
When this system is activated, our body’s sympathetic nervous system releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol into our bodies, which speed up our heart rate, slow down our digestive system and flood our major muscles with blood flow to boost our energy and strength. This results in a racing heart rate, the need to empty our bowels or to need urinate, feel light-headed, rapid breathing, sweating, tunnel vision and shaking. If you think about these responses, you will most probably recognise some or all of them when you are feeling anxious & stressed.
Unfortunately, our brains haven’t evolved as quickly as our environments, so now, when our body senses danger, our innate bodily system reacts just as it did all those years ago, only now the danger isn’t actually life-threatening. In fact, our minds are so powerful, we can start the physical reaction of ‘fight & flight’ just by thinking about something that scares us! How amazing is that?
That’s how powerful our minds are! So, what can we do to change the way we respond to perceived threats?
A little anxiety is good; it helps to motivate us to achieve goals, help us stay alert, make us aware of risks and motivate us to solve problems, so we don’t want to remove it all!
Help is available! No matter how long you’ve felt anxious for or how severe your symptoms are, Hypnotherapy can be especially beneficial as it facilitates change quickly.
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