Anxiety is a feeling of unease – a fear state – triggered by a thought or a situation and can range from mild to severe.

Everyone will experience anxiety at some point in their lives and this is entirely normal.

For example, the anticipation of a job interview or money worries.

When it becomes difficult to control these thoughts or worries, the anxiety can become a constant it negatively affects a person’s daily life.

The conundrum here is in fact that the brain thinks it’s helping you deal with a threatening situation. It reminds you of the thing you fear or worry about whilst providing adrenaline and cortisol to help you deal with the threat. This is a primordial human response which served us well as humans for many hundreds of thousands of years! However, in modern day society these threats look very different to ancient times – no longer are we escaping from Wild animals, but we are trying to gather that promotion, deal with a difficult relationship or overcome a trauma. As such the brains response is extreme, the best way for us to deal with problems of our modern-day society is to think them through rationally. This is difficult once anxiety levels are raised.

This omnipresent anxiety can affect many areas of a person life and their ability to enjoy it. The worries and concerns spread and generalise and affect their ability to focus, concentrate, sleep It can affect them physically also – feelings of restlessness, increased heart rate, tension and panic attacks are all common symptoms.
There are various treatments you can employ to help you deal with and control your anxiety.

These include:

  • Hypnotherapy including CBT
  • Medication – such as a type of antidepressant called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Exercise and diet
  • Smoking cessation
  • Reducing alcohol and caffeine intake

At Cheshire Hypnotherapy we look at all aspects of your life to help you understand how to facilitate change.