Anxiety is our brains way of telling us something isn’t right. The symptomology of anxiety is often the part that tells us things definitely don’t feel right. Feeling sick, headaches, increased stress, negative thoughts, picking, tics, the inability to leave the house are all symptoms of anxiety.

We do however need this fight/flight/freeze system. As humans, back at the start of time when we were running away from animals in the wild, we used this inbuilt fight or flight system. This served us really well at the time as when our brain perceives that a threat is imminent, it surges in cortisol and adrenaline. It shuts down the systems that we can do without ( digestive, reproductive) and gives us that superhuman power and strength to fight or get the hell out of there as fast as we can. It’s actually quite incredible that the human body can gear us up for such things.

The trouble is, there aren’t wild beasts living on every corner, and a trip to the supermarket doesn’t usually involve running into a polar bear. So we don’t really have much need for such an intense fight or flight response.

However, this incredible response can still get activated through negative thought. Either negatively introspecting about the past, ‘ Why did that happen to me?’ or negatively forecasting the future. ‘ What if I don’t get that job? What if I am not good enough? ’ These thoughts contribute to an increase in anxiety and our stress bucket starts to fill up. Often there is nothing physical to fight or flight from except our own thoughts. These thoughts can trigger negative responses which can then in turn induce crippling anxiety. All that adrenaline and cortisol pumping around with no way to help it dissipate.

Some people find themselves more in control of their thoughts than others and experience mild anxiety now and again which is completely normal. For others, anxiety is a constant battle.

Again, it’s how our brains are pre-wired which is very individual to us. The brain is very complex but due to its neuroplasticity has every capability to change.

When does anxiety become a problem?

Anxiety becomes a problem when it’s affecting your everyday life.  If you are finding yourself making excuses not to do things, or are having daily side effects from anxiety such as stomach upsets, heart palpitations, panic attacks or feeling irritable most of the time, not going to school/work, then it’s time to talk to someone about it. You may not even know yourself what is causing your anxiety, and that’s perfectly normal too.

How does Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy help?

Solution Focused Clinica Hypnotherapy is used to access your relaxed intellectual state of mind. We can teach the brain that actually, you’ve got this. We can teach the brain to look for positive actions, interactions and thoughts to support its production of serotonin and create new positive neural pathways and better resilience to stress and anxiety. No need for all that cortisol and adrenaline right now thanks!

There is no magic involved in hypnotherapy, no swinging watches or mystical spirits. Solution Focused Clinical Clinical Hypnotherapy is based on neuroscience and how the brain works. We are simply supporting your brain to find solutions and more positive outcomes to react in a more calm and confident approach to life. The great thing is that this approach supports children and adults effectively to achieve great things in everyday life.

What next?

I’m a qualified Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist and Senior Lecturer with CPHT so you can be assured that you are in safe hands. Over the years I have encountered many people who have tried everything to ‘cure’ anxiety and phobias, and Solution Focused Hypnotherapy has been the one thing that made a difference.

If you want to be free from anxiety, and enjoy living every day to its fullest, then you can book a free 30 minute consultation with me. We can have a chat over zoom with a cup of tea and see if this is the right avenue for you.

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