Imagine feeling cool, calm and in control…
First let me put your mind at rest – if you are suffering from anxiety or panic attacks you are not alone. It is estimated that one in four people in the UK are suffering from some form of anxiety and it is probably the most common problem presented at a general hypnotherapy practice. I think it’s important to know this because it can feel like a very lonely and frightening experience. However, the good news is you have come to exactly the right place because hypnotherapy is one of the best treatments to help with anxiety and panic disorders and is a key focus for the Wisdom Room.
As you are probably aware if you have suffered from any kind of anxiety – some of the most common physical symptoms can include a speeding heart rate, shortness of breath, dry mouth, sweaty palms, a tight chest, headaches or a bad stomach while the psychological symptoms can include feeling tense, agitated, irritable or even paranoid. Clients often describe a fear of ‘losing control’, ‘climbing the walls’ or the dread that something bad is going to happen (such as blackout, seizure, heart attack or death).
When we are anxious, the physical symptoms are partly caused by the brain which sends lots of messages down nerves to make the heart, lungs and other parts of the body ‘work faster’. In addition, you release stress hormones (such as adrenaline) into the bloodstream which affect the body. All of these changes form part of the classic ‘fight or flight’ syndrome. This is a natural and automatic response we have built in all of us since cavemen as a protection mechanism. While useful when faced with real danger, (like a hungry tiger) this response can be problematic if it’s stimulated by events or situations which don’t hold any real danger or where the threat has been created internally and is not ‘externally real’.
However anxiety or panic manifests for you individually, I think everyone would agree it makesfor an incredibly unpleasant experience so you have done absolutely the right thing looking for ways to alleviate this problem. Why suffer in silence when there is treatment available which can really help you feel better?
Here at the Wisdom Room, we use a combination of Integrated Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you overcome your anxiety by simultaneously retraining both the conscious and unconscious parts of your mind. As a result you should be left feeling physically more relaxed, mentally calmer and altogether more confident and positive about whatever is happening in your life.