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Hypnotherapy for Anxiety & Stress


In life, we all suffer from stress and it should be considered a natural reaction. However, anxiety is a step beyond stress and it is deemed to be an unnatural reaction. It is natural to feel emotions such as fear or stress but anxiety occurs when we respond to a stressful situation in a manner that is excessive for what it represents. More and more people are searching for alternative methods to help them to control their anxiety.

Conducted in a very friendly and fun environment Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with anxiety by focusing on the future rather than the past, concentrating on what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change.

The sessions are a combination of learning how the brain works so the client can understand what makes them feel the way they do and more importantly what they can do about it. Hypnosis then reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through visualisation and relaxation allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that then encourages a shift in perspective.

Symptoms of stress & anxiety

When considering the different symptoms that may indicate someone is suffering from stress or anxiety, it is helpful to consider:

  • Physical symptoms of stress and anxiety
  • Emotional symptoms of stress and anxiety

When it comes to considering the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety, some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • A fast heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Rapid breathing
  • Regular urination
  • Shaking
  • Stomach pains
  • Sweating
  • Tension in your muscles

There are other physical symptoms that people associate with stress and anxiety, but these are by far the most common ones.

When it comes to considering the emotional symptoms of stress and anxiety, some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Developing feelings of impending doom
  • Suffering panic or nervousness, especially in social settings
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Experiencing bouts of irrational anger
  • Restlessness

Again, there are other emotional symptoms that people associate with stress and anxiety, but these are by far the most common ones.

Causes of stress & anxiety

One of the unfortunate things about life is that stress and anxiety are often common occurrences. There will be times when people are stressed or anxious about certain events or incidents occurring in their life but for the majority of people, these issues will pass quickly or after a resolution has occurred with the incident.

This is not the case for everyone though and there are reasons why these feelings stay around for longer. These are some of the more common causes for people to suffer from anxiety or stress on a consistent basis:

  • Moving to a new home
  • Starting a new school or job
  • Suffering an illness or injury
  • Knowing a friend or family member who is ill or injured
  • The death of a family member or friend
  • Getting married or having a baby

It should be noted that a number of these incidents which are related to stress and anxiety are actually joyous moments or moments that should be celebrated. This ties in with the fact that there are certain pressures associated with certain events or perhaps at certain moments in a person’s life.; Clearly some of the triggers of stress are very upsetting but is important to realise that stress and anxiety can be triggered by positive and negative moments in life.

It is also important to be aware that many drugs can exacerbate the symptoms of anxiety and stress, including:

  • Diet pills
  • Asthma inhalers
  • Medication for thyroid problems

It is also important to be aware that items such as cocaine, caffeine and even alcohol can exacerbate the symptoms that people suffer from.

There are also a number of related disorders that can impact on people and there is a growing awareness of these problems. It is believed that close to 40 million Americans suffer from a form of ADAA, an anxiety disorder. This can feed into other fears or phobias that can exacerbate the issue or provide people with other issues and problems to contend with in life.

Statistics of stress & anxiety

Anxiety is said to affect over 15% of the UK population at any single time while stress is believed to be the 2nd most cited ill-health issue with relation to problems at work. GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) is said to affect between 2 and 5% of the population but accounts for 30% of the total mental health problems that doctors deal with.

It is believed that women are up to three times more likely to be treated for a mental health issue, such as stress, but males are three times more likely to commit suicide. Reports indicate that two thirds of the British population cited money problems as the factor that causes them to feel anxious.