If you’re wondering ‘can hypnotherapy help anxiety?’ the answer is a yes. And this is good news because Anxiety is becoming more and more common. According to Anxiety UK, more than 1 in 10 people are likely to have a ‘disabling anxiety disorder’ at some stage in their life. But what is it? We will all feel anxious at some time during our lives. It is a natural reaction to many events. For example, it is normal to feel anxious before a driving test, during an interview, meeting someone for the first time or moving house.
But, occasionally, anxiety can get out of control. This is because the subconscious causes it. The person knows it is unusual and, quite often, illogical. But, this doesn’t help. It slowly spirals and becomes all-consuming.
The symptom(s) of anxiety can be mental, physical or both. A common symptom is a panic attack. This is often where where the heart beat speeds up, breathing becomes difficult, the body shakes and there’s a feeling of fear or being spaced out. But, anxiety can also result in nausea, vomiting and other unpleasant physical feelings. So much so that it can quickly affect the person’s quality of life, becoming severely debilitating.
What causes it?
Although there can be a ‘trigger’ for a panic attack (for example, being in a confined space with lots of strangers), the trigger slowly becomes less important. This is because the person now starts to fear the panic attack, rather than the trigger itself. They then may avoid the ‘trigger’ even though it makes no difference.
How can hypnotherapy help anxiety?
It’s easy to lose hope, and to think that you will never be free of anxiety. But, you can treat anxiety and manage the symptoms. Treatment can range from learning how to breathe and relax, thought-stopping and other strategies. Hypnotherapy is often successful, although this may need analysis therapy and not only suggestion therapy. Likewise, EFT can prove useful in dealing with a panic attack and the physical symptoms.