If you are suffering from anxiety it is something that you should really deal with. Prolonged periods of stress have potential consequences for your long term health. The good news is that our form of hypnotherapy is solution orientated, is a natural relief and we aim for minimal meetings when it comes to the treatment of anxiety and anxiety related issues.
WHY IS ANXIETY SUCH A COMMON PROBLEM?
If you are suffering from anxiety then you are not alone. We have such a fast moving pace of life and are under enormous pressure to deliver both professionally and personally. We are generally so “busy” and time poor and many of us simply do not know how to just sit still and take a breath. People are being asked to produce more with less resource more than at any time in the past. Technology has also had an influence. It is not uncommon for people to be answering emails at 10 o’clock at night or 6 o’clock in the morning, so work punctuates our entire waking lives, with the fear that if you don’t do this you run the risk of being overlooked for promotions or other opportunities. Unfortunately most people do not have the internal mechanisms to deal with the pressures of a modern world and their coping strategies can be tipped over the edge by setbacks like a change in workplace management, a redundancy, a relationship break up or they just hit the wall at some point because their worries become so perennial, that there is little respite.
THE EFFECTS OF ANXIETY
This often leads to a range of health issues like digestive issues, skin conditions, sleep disturbances, and even more serious issues that can be life-threatening by cancers and tumours. It can also lead to a series of behavioural issues like excessive drinking, smoking or other counter-productive coping mechanisms that can have serious consequences for not just health but for relationships.
The key to understanding anxiety is to understand that it is not a thing, it’s a process. It is in essence the fear of the unknown, and is a wholly internal process made possible by a series of cognitive distortions that you run. Effectively all anxiety is future based. People worry about what they fear might happen not about what has happened. The moment you’re worried about the future then you are responding to your own fabrications. You imagine catastrophe and then believe in it. It actually has very little to do with external circumstances. One way to look at anxiety is, “the overestimation of risk coupled with the underestimation of personal resource.”
WHAT IS ANXIETY REALLY?
All of us are capable of running anxiety at times, and at times it is an appropriate response to an external threat. However it becomes problematic when your risk assessment becomes skewed or hyper sensitive. Risk is in the eye of the beholder. Some people see no risk in bungee jumping or parachuting, whilst others consider it risky to try a new Thai restaurant.
HOW DO WE TREAT ANXIETY?
From our perspective, there are only certain ways that you can “DO” anxiety. All anxiety sufferers run a particular pattern. There may be some individual differences but overall it’s the same pattern. In fact before we meet you we already know that, in the problem space, you tend to over analyse things. You tend to catastrophise into the future and are often uncomfortable with the uncertainties of life. You tend to spend a lot of time in your head and use your feelings as an indicator of what is true and what isn’t. You know something is valid because you think it or you feel it. Likely you are also someone who leads towards being avoidant. For many people avoidance is the way they deal with problems and confrontations. They think about the problem and make the mistake of thinking that “thinking is doing”. Additionally, you probably have poor compartmentalisation skills. That is to say, you have trouble “parking” thoughts and feelings that don’t serve you, and this will often make it difficult to get to sleep at night because you do not know how to turn off your mind. If you lean towards being perfectionistic, have a high need for control, lean towards taking responsibility for others, or have a fairly strong self-critical internal dialogue, then you will be more prone to anxiety and depression than others.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TREAT ANXIETY?
Research has shown that prolonged periods of anxiety, if left untreated, can morph into depression. If you have been struggling with anxiety for over five years, then you are a strong candidate for clinical depression. It is extremely important that you tackle this problem head-on. Avoiding it means you risk significant and much more debilitating consequences down the track.