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.
- 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.