Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and phobias
Stress isn't actually what happens to you but instead a reaction to the thoughts about what's happening to you. That's why two people, in exactly the same challenging situation, can experience wildly differing levels of stress. One person's crisis is another's opportunity.
Once your body perceives stress it imagines it is in danger and sets off the fight or flight reaction. This results in a myriad of symptoms such as panic attacks, rapid heart rate, palpitations and rapid breathing to name but a few. These physical changes make the mind generate even more thoughts of stress and a vicious cycle begins.
Hypnosis is a very powerful form of relaxation and during the sessions we will work on your own personal relaxing skills. Going forward you will be confident that you have a way of dealing with the thoughts of stress your mind may generate. However, the true power of hypnotherapy lies in helping you access the patterns of stressful thinking that have become stuck in your unconscious mind. Imagine the feelings of wellbeing you will experience when you change the stress inducing thoughts to patterns that support you rather than stress you.
The symptoms of anxiety are very similar to those of stress. The fearful thoughts generating these symptoms are very similar as well. If you are experiencing anxiety do you feel helpless? Does it seems that these thoughts come from nowhere, they are often not logical or about a particular situation, so you feel at a loss as to how to deal with them.
Hypnotherapy works both in allowing you to relax and experience relief from your symptoms but also importantly gets to the root cause, the anxious thoughts originating in your unconscious mind. By using hypnotherapy, it is at this level you can make powerful changes which can result in far reaching positive effects on your mood.
The same sort of dynamic, thoughts leading to changes in mood and physical symptoms, is also behind the features of depression. However, here the pattern of thoughts leads to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and a slowing down and heaviness in the body. Sometimes the thoughts are a natural reaction to loss or other difficulties and hypnotherapy can gently lead you through this natural process if you are feeling a bit stuck.
Sometimes these thought patterns seem to come out of nowhere and feel even harder to cope with as you cannot understand why you are feeling like this. Just as with stress and anxiety , hypnotherapy can effect powerful improvements in your mood and well being by uncovering and changing the patterns of thinking in your unconscious mind. Wouldn't it feel really good to stop that feeling of spiralling down and instead feel the positive effects of new thinking in your mind, behaviour and life.
Are you having problems sleeping ? Insomnia is often a symptom of stress, anxiety or depression and will improve when you come for treatment. However it can sometimes appear in isolation. If you are suffering with prolonged insomnia it would be wise to address the issue as otherwise it could affect your well being and be a precipitating cause for any of the above mood changes. In isolated insomnia hypnotherapy can be very quick and effective at restoring a healthy sleep pattern and hence your well being.
Fear is a very vital and natural human response to something that is a real threat. A phobia generates all the same panic and symptoms of fear but this reaction has been mistakenly attached in your mind to an object or situation that actually poses little or no danger. Common phobias include spiders, snakes, flying and dogs but if you google you can find that the list is almost endless.
The basic feature of any phobia is the conflict between conscious and unconscious processes. You know the feeling is irrational, you're tired of family and friends trying to convince you of this as well, but your conscious mind has no control over your overwhelming thoughts and feelings.
Hypnotherapy can help you access your thoughts at an unconscious level and make the changes you desire. The rewind technique can be particularly powerful at collapsing those unconscious thought processes characteristic of a phobia. Imagine the liberating feeling of being free from your phobia once and for all.