The word anxiety has become more and more common in our vocabulary, especially in recent times with all the health and economic challenges we have been facing.
So, what exactly is it?
Anxiety is when you are caught in an endless cycle of negative thinking that doesn’t allow you to see things clearly, and keeps you emotionally and physically exhausted. When Anxiety gets to the point of interfering with everyday life, it is like an alarm system that goes off all the time without reason. It no longer serves its purpose, and it makes life very unpleasant.
Why do we need it?
Anxiety is part of an overall survival system. We have evolved to predict danger to avoid it. The problem is that the part of our brain which controls it has not developed fast enough to function well in modern life. Our entire body still reacts the same way when we are late to a meeting as when we were in the Savanah running away from a lion.
A little bit of Anxiety in specific circumstances, like before an exam or an interview, is expected and perfectly normal. A little of it can prompt us to sharpen our senses, pay attention and do the right actions to be as prepared as possible for the task we need to do. For example, if you are driving on the motorway, you want to be focused and with your senses sharpened. A bit of Anxiety can increase your alertness without going into full anxiety mode.
When is it a problem?
When Anxiety is constant and overwhelming it has a disturbing and paralysing effect. It is emotionally exhausting and it reduces the capacity for focusing and clear thinking. When very anxious clients first come to see me, they often complain of having a foggy or fuzzy head and not being able to focus on their work or their studies.
The longer the Anxiety stays with someone, the more sensitive they are to becoming more and more anxious for lesser and lesser motives. This is not a reflection on their character; it is not a weakness; this is how the neurological mechanics of anxiety work. Our mind is not designed to be permanently stressed and anxious.
How to control it?
The good news is that there are easy practical techniques to reduce and control your anxiety levels. One of the best ways is through hypnosis. Hypnosis works at a deeper subconscious level, which is where the fear response originates. Hypnotherapy finds the root cause of your anxious thoughts; it releases and changes them. By updating the information in your subconscious, the hypnotherapist helps to establish better responses to life. Therefore, helping you feel calmer and in control of your life again. In addition to hypnotherapy, there are discreet and straightforward techniques that anyone can use when they meet an unexpected challenge.
With the right combination of specific therapies, the “alarm system”, which is Anxiety, can be easily restored to the natural “factory setting.”
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