Stress & Anxiety
A little bit of stress in our lives is good. But stress and anxiety, especially if prolonged, can have a serious impact on your life. Because of modern day life, many people do not even realise they are suffering with stress or anxiety. Symptoms can be both physical and emotional and include headaches, stomach pain, short-temperedness, crying, over-eating and under-eating, lack of concentration, nail-biting, difficulty sleeping and reduced sex-drive.
I can work with you using hypnosis and hypnotherapy to alleviate and often completely remove stress symptoms. This involves getting to the root cause of your stress so that you can cope with it quickly and easily so that you can live the life you want.
Stress & anxiety come in a variety of different packages including:
- Work – related stress
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Panic attacks
- Low mood
Did you know that boredom and feelings of lethargy and not being bothered are all a sign of stress?
Symptoms of anxiety include a raised heart rate, sweating, knots in your tummy, increased trips to the loo and difficulty breathing. Quite often, a first anxiety attack can feel similar to a heart attack especially if you have not experienced severe anxiety before.
Stress & anxiety are linked to our natural fight or flight response. What this means is that our subconscious percieves a threat to be present and reacts in a way to let us know a situation is dangerous. In the case of stress & anxiety, most of this is faulty learning on the part of our subconscious!
Below are a number of case studies outlining a few of the clients I have worked with in this area.
Case study: Female 41 - My client called me up because she had been suffering with panic attacks for a number of years. Over recent years it had got so bad that she could not leave the house without panicing. She would only go out if she had someone with her to help. This meant she had given up work, her social life had dwindled and it was beginning to put strain on her relationship with her husband and children. I worked with this client for 16 weeks, helping her to resolve the emotional causes behind her panic as well as arming her with techniques to reduce and manage the severity of the panic attacks. By the end of our time together, this client had gone from 4 panic attacks a day to only having panic attacks on very rare occasions. She was starting to look into part time study and was enjoying being able to go out on her own.
Case study: Male 29 - A successful graduate who had a great future in front of him came to see me because no matter what he achieved, he felt that he wasn't good enough and that he was putting on a front. After a recent promotion, he was left with sleepless nights and frequent feelings of anxiety throughout the day. He would panic whenever he was asked to do something at work and found it was impacting on his ability to hold on to a relationship. More than just anxiety, this was a self esteem issue that needed to be worked on. After 6 sessions my clients sleep had drastically improved and he was able to cope better at work.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterised by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, fear, or worry, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by a combination of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). Symptoms may include repetitive handwashing; extensive hoarding; preoccupation with sexual or aggressive impulses; aversion to odd numbers; and nervous habits, such as opening a door and closing it a certain number of times before one enters or leaves a room.
These symptoms can be awkward, alienating and time-consuming, and often cause severe emotional and financial distress. The acts of those who have OCD may appear paranoid and come across to others as psychotic. However, OCD sufferers generally recognise their thoughts and subsequent actions as irrational, and this in itself causes further distress.
OCD is a complex mental issue that will take time to resolve.
Getting married is one of the most exciting times of your life but it is also the most stressful. With well meaning family and friends interfering, nerves about walking down the aisle and making sure the day runs smoothly there is alot for you to think about and do!
This can lead to all sorts of stress and anxiety especially when family politics get involved. Hypnotherapy can help relax you, prepare for walking down the aisle, help you cope with the stress and helps to make sure that on your big day, you enjoy it as much as you can, Its not just about the girls, hypnotherapy can help the nervous groom and best man deliver their speeches in a confident and care free manner.
Case study: Female 31 - After a family arguement over the wedding, my client came to me with high levels of stress and anxiety. She had started to cry all the time and felt she was unable to cope with day to day life becuase of all her worries. After 5 sessions, my client left therapy happy, with no anxiety and able to start looking forward to her wedding.