Are you constantly worrying about something, fearful? Perhaps you find it hard to relax or sleep. You may even experience panic attacks in certain situations or before certain events..
As an estimate, anxiety and panic disorders affect more than 2 million people in the UK, and 1 in 10 people are likely to experience a phobia at some stage in the life.
When experiencing, anxiety, phobias or fears, do you get butterflies in your stomach, a flushed face, raised pulse, faster breathing? Years ago we developed the ‘fight or flight response’, meaning that on noticing danger we would either take flight, or fight it. Our blood would flow away from our brain and to our arms and legs and muscles, to best equip us to run away or fight.
Although often not to our advantage any more, our bodies often still react the same way, which explains the physical feelings we get when faced with our anxieties, stress, phobia’s etc.
Sometimes problems like this could begin as a reaction to a significant or simple childhood event, and can develop and increase over time, even though the original event has been long forgotten. The past can influence how we face the future, confidently, or it can be a thing that holds us back from being able to do what we really want to do, and be the people we want to be, experiencing life in the way we want to: living up to our full potential.
Exploring and reframing /replacing the old perspective (from that significant event that triggered the problem initially) can help to develop a more balanced view at an unconscious level. This in turn leads to more balanced feelings in those situations. With new perspectives and less intense feeling you can let go of old behaviours that have been limiting your experience of life.
And the great news is that anxiety, fear , and phobias are often surprisingly quick and easy to deal with using Cognitive Hypnotherapy