Anxiety is a Shapeshifter

“Nearly 99% of all my clients have an anxiety issue, so if you are going through this you are not alone. The reason why? Anxiety is a Shapeshifter and it can appear in so many different forms…”

Anxiety is running rife in the world today – nearly 99% of all my clients have an anxiety complaint and what makes it so challenging to pin down and treat is because anxiety itself is the ultimate SHAPESHIFTER. Just when you think you have found it, brought it into the light and healed it. Just like a slippery, little magical creature, it has the nasty habit of changing form and rearing it’s worrisome head somewhere else…

Anxiety can manifest in many different ways

Anxiety may start in the mind, but it often manifests itself in the body through physical symptoms. It can appear as the embarrassing blush, the upset stomach, the irritated skin, the nervous tick, the aching neck or the pounding head. In fact, it can show up as any kind of physical manifestation you could possibly imagine, and as a practising therapist I’ve seen pretty much everything.

The different ways anxiety shows in our body

Anxiety often moves from one part of the body to the next. Perhaps starting off in one form in childhood (like teeth grinding, nail biting or hair pulling) and then moving to some other complaint or condition in adulthood (like scalp scratching, skin picking, eczema or even IBS or irritable bowel). But all of these conditions can come to us at any time and even appear and disappear over the course of our life. Of course, IBS and eczema aren’t always anxiety related but the two often occur together and can make each other worse. The gut in particular is very sensitive to psychological stress and, vice versa, the physical and social discomfort of physical problems can make a person, by proxy, feel even more anxious.

Anxiety is a Shapeshifter that often stems from childhood

Anxiety is a Shapeshifter and if it featured in a Harry Potter movie it would probably be depicted as a troubled swirl of childlike energy that could shape-shift into any ailment or body part at will. It often stems from a younger, part of us and has been there since childhood and likes to try and keep us small in some way. It’s a troubled little thing, that is always hiding, and sometimes it does such a good job at concealing itself from the outside world that other people don’t even know it’s there at all. But when you feel that sinking sensation, that tightness or fear rising again, you know it hasn’t really gone far away – it’s just been hiding out somewhere else.

Anxiety can reveal unresolved issues

The Anxiety Shapeshifter is sneaky and clever and always looking for new things to morph into but it’s not malevolent or unkind. In fact, it’s important to understand the childlike intentions behind your fears. In some respects, it is trying to do you a favour by giving you a very physical visual clue that there’s some unresolved anxiety issues still hanging around in the deeper layers of your subconscious that you might just want to take a deeper look at.

“If you want to get to the heart of the matter, treat the root cause of the issue not just the symptoms. Once we make the change on the inside we can see change outside too…”

Forget about lotions & potions let’s get to the root cause

Of course, there are all sorts of tonics, creams, lotions & potions, tablets, and medications that we can take to try and ease the physical symptoms of anxiety problems but if we don’t address the internal cause of the issue. It is likely that we will simply be chasing the anxiety shapeshifter continuously around the body for years to come. The roots of anxiety always run way deeper and are on the inside. So if we truly want to heal the shapeshifter, we need to look at healing the root cause not just the external problem or symptoms on the surface and to do this we need to look at what thoughts we are feeding it.

How fearful thinking creates the Anxiety Shapeshifter

We need to look at what is going on inside our minds when the anxiety appears. Because one thing is for certain. It can’t keep reappearing unless some fearful, repetitive thinking is happening internally and feeding the problem. Often these thoughts have become so deeply ingrained at the unconscious level that we don’t even realise we are thinking them any longer – they have just become the norm and this is where we need to start making the change on the inside first. So, next time you notice some ailment flaring up on your body give yourself an internal health check too, and notice if your anxiety levels internally are simply being mirrored by physical symptoms externally.

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Can Hypnotherapy help with Anxiety?

YES! Integrative Therapy and Hypnotherapy  can help you feel less anxious by addressing the root causes of your anxiety and teaching you relaxation techniques.

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety can help in the following ways:

1. Identify Triggers: Explore the specific situations or thoughts that trigger your anxiety. Understanding these triggers is the first step in managing anxiety.

2. Relaxation: Hypnotherapy for Anxiety often involves inducing a state of deep relaxation. This can help reduce overall stress and anxiety levels.

3. Reframe Negative Thoughts: Jane may work with you to change negative thought patterns and replace them with more positive and constructive ones, which can alleviate anxiety.

4. Visualization: Hypnotherapy for Anxiety can help you visualize yourself in calm and confident situations, promoting a sense of control and reducing anxiety.

5. Desensitization: For phobias or specific anxieties, Hypnotherapy for Anxiety can assist in gradually exposing you to the feared object or situation in a controlled and less anxiety-provoking manner.

6. Coping Strategies: You can learn effective coping strategies, such as visualization, relaxation techniques or self-hypnosis, to manage stress in daily life.

7. Behavioral Changes: Hypnotherapy for Anxiety can assist in changing behaviors contributing to stress, like smoking or overeating.

8. Increased Resilience: Hypnotherapy may boost your emotional resilience, helping you handle stressors more effectively.

9. Improved Sleep: Some people use hypnotherapy to improve the quality of their sleep, as it can help with relaxation and reducing insomnia.

10. Enhanced Mindfulness: Hypnosis can promote mindfulness and mental clarity, which can lead to a more relaxed state.

11. Muscle Relaxation:  Hypnotherapy for Anxiety can guide you to relax your muscles, which can physically release tension and contribute to an overall sense of relaxation.

12: Improved Breath Work: Hypnotherapy may include techniques to help regulate your breathing, slow your heart rate, and instill a sense of calm.

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety is often used as part of a broader integrative treatment plan that may include other therapeutic techniques. Every appointment at the Wisdom Room is tailored to the individual’s specific needs.


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