Anxiety and panic attacks affect lots of people up and down the country every day. From the little flutter in your tummy right through to a full blown attack. Anxiety affects people in different ways in different situations.
So what causes the build up of anxiety? How come it affects some more than others?
I often tell people that the best way to look at anxiety is to think about a car alarm.
Now a car alarm is something that has been designed for a very specific purpose. It has been designed to offer an extra level of protection to your car. If someone tries to break into your car, the alarm is triggered and a loud sound emits from your car to alert you or anyone else that is nearby.
Car alarms are good. They serve a great purpose. Unless the settings are wrong that is.
Now I want you to imagine that you have a car alarm where the sensors are set too high. This car alarm goes off each and every time that a large vehicle drives past.
I have had an alarm like this once. Constantly having to go out of the house to reset the alarm every time that a bus went past.
This is how some people struggle anxiety and panic attacks.
There are events going on in your life and your internal alarm, which is there for your safety, is going off at times when you’re not really in danger. The problem is that you can’t just press a button to reset yourself each time this happens.
And because your anxiety trigger is internal and controlled by your subconscious mind it does a rather funny thing.
Because your alarm has gone off and you’ve had a feeling of anxiety or even panic, it decides that the alarm was correct and so the next time that you are in a similar situation it sets off the alarm again.
It literally doesn’t realise that the cause of the alarm and the feelings that it wants to avoid are all being caused by itself.
The adult subconscious mind loves to learn new things by repetition. It repeats the anxiety feeling over and over again until it becomes a pattern. A pattern created by itself.
So the subconscious mind does something else that is really clever and starts to preempt situations where the alarm could possibly go off in the future. It tries it out, sets the alarm off and yes the same feeling of anxiety is there as well.
If you are someone that suffers from panic attacks you will have noticed that this alarm system is now no longer giving you feelings of general anxiety but has shot way past that into something much worse. Sheer panic!
How Hypnosis Helps With Anxiety
Now the good news is that you aren’t broken and there is nothing wrong with you. All that is happening is that your alarm system needs a reset so that it can rediscover what is real danger and what is normal everyday stress.
In reality it is all just a big mix up and fortunately hypnosis is excellent for helping to clear up subconscious mix ups.
One of the first things that you will notice about being in hypnosis is how relaxing it is. Instead of your mind racing off and trying to think of a million-and-one things to feel anxious about, hypnosis allows both your body and mind to relax together.
Your mind may start to wander a little but that’s ok. That is just the conscious mind looking for something to do and doesn’t have anything to do with hypnosis.
I often find that people with anxiety issues tend to drop into hypnosis very quickly. It is the natural stress reliever that our minds use and once your subconscious mind realises that it’s going to get it’s favourite rest and relaxation method it is more than happy to spend some time experiencing that.
Once in hypnosis your subconscious mind becomes much more open to further relaxation and also to positive suggestions and feeling that way more often.
Your subconscious mind loves pleasure and the feeling of hypnosis is so pleasurable that it wants more and more of it. Think about a daydream. You are aware that there are things going on around you but you don’t care. You are so wrapped up in the lovely thoughts and feelings and that is all that you want to think about.
By using hypnosis to relax your body and mind and then helping it to release the causes of your anxiety, your eyes open afterwards and you feel so relaxed. It’s like a great weight has been lifted from your mind and your shoulders.
If this is something that you would like to experience instead of the anxiety that you are experiencing then head straight to our contact page and let us know about how we can help you.
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