Simply by being human, we experience anxiety.
Indeed, anxiety is something that each of us is sure to have experienced, in one form or another, at some point in our lives.
As such, it’s nothing to be alarmed about. In truth, a degree of anxiety can even be beneficial. Occasional and brief spells of minor and temporary anxiety can spur us on, giving us ‘the edge’. It can keep us on our toes, allowing us to perform to a greater degree of excellence than we ever could without it.
But habitual and chronic anxiety is completely different.
Anxiety of this type can be truly incapacitating and overwhelming. It can cripple us and even prevent us from functioning normally in otherwise quite ordinary circumstances.
More than this, anxiety can seriously and adversely affect our health.
Chronic anxiety – anxiety experienced on a regular basis over an extended period of time – can have alarming consequences. It can weaken the immune system and lower the body’s natural resistance to infection, leaving us prey to all manner of illnesses.
Long term anxiety can increase blood pressure, placing excessive strain on the heart and vital organs. And anxiety can really increase the possibility of becoming a stroke victim. Digestive problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, headaches and skin eruptions can all have their origin in anxiety.
If you have been experiencing intense anxiety for some time, then it is best to visit your doctor, just to ensure that there are no underlying physical reasons for this. Physical reasons eliminated, you are faced with the decision of what course of action to take.
Most often, the medical response is to simply prescribe pharmaceuticals. Drugs such as SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) or tranquilizers are offered in order to cope with the symptoms.
But these powerful drugs can have serious adverse side effects for some people.
Another popular approach is to undergo a course of CBT – cognitive behavioural therapy. This ‘talking therapy’ is intended to help the sufferer cope with the symptoms of anxiety. It aims to help the person to develop coping strategies in order to manage the symptoms of anxiety.
Yet it is important to understand that anxiety is simply a feeling generated at the subconscious level of the mind. It is based in the belief that something negative is about to happen.
And so it is to the subconscious mind that we may best turn in order to find a lasting solution to the problem.
And this is exactly what good hypnotherapy does. In hypnosis, we can realign the subconscious mind with reality, allowing it to become calm and more relaxed, to rapidly stop the alert process that is incorrectly functioning and producing those anxious feelings.
No-one was born to feel anxious. Through the medium of modern advanced hypnotherapy, you can learn to let go of those anxious feelings and stop them just as soon as they start.
About the Author
A leading British hypno-psychotherapist, with clinics in Birmingham and London, UK, Peter Field is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. For a FREE hypnosis download visit: http://www.hypnosiscdmp3downloads.com or for more of his useful articles and other helpful information, please visit his website: http://www.peterfieldhypnotherapy.co.uk