Anxiety is a normal healthy reaction which occurs during times of danger or in worrying situations. Moderate amounts of anxiety actually improve our performance, driving us on to greater achievements. However, anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes with our everyday lives and it is at this point that we need to learn how to control it.
Anxiety suffered over a long period may result in physical illness and in extreme cases anxieties can be irrational and become a mental health problem. Repressed anxiety is usually due to a painful emotion that cannot be directly expressed, the symptom of which is often rooted in traumatic experiences. Recovering a previously repressed memory into consciousness may produce relief. However, apart from recovering repressed memories, it is often the case that analytic 'working through' of the recovered memory is necessary in order to resolve the condition and symptoms.
There are usually a combination of causes of anxiety, but two of the most important are 1) the amount of stress you are under (this could be one major problem or a number of smaller issues which add up to a large amount of stress) and 2) the kind of person you are ie. whether you have a more sensitive nervous system. Anxiety is maintained by avoiding situations you fear or because of your beliefs about a situation and its consequences.
Examples of anxiety are:
Hypnotherapy can help to relieve your anxieties by calming down your unconscious mind and by finding new ways to cope with anxiety provoking situations, both in the present and in the future by for example, raising yourself self-confidence; identifying the patterns or themes of your worries so that you can work on them; determining a healthy way to deal with a legitimate concern and by helping you to see yourself (in trance) in the future without your worries whilst teaching your unconscious mind to be that way in the present.
● Panic attacks
● Obsessive thoughts
● Low self-esteem
● Feeling nervous
● Frequent worrying
● Feeling tired
● Rapid heartbeat