Anxiety and stress seem to be the underlying root cause of most problems that we see, and it is more prevalent in the busy hectic lifestyles we lead today. Sometimes it can be fleeting and gone in one day, and another time it can go on and on day after day, eventually leading to depression, unless we do something about it. It affects us in many ways; headaches, lack of concentration, panic attacks, feeling of being judged all the time, sleep being disrupted, wanting to give up, feeling drained of energy. IBS, chest pains, panic attacks, and other stress related problems. All of which can lead to serious illnesses.
There are several different therapies that can help with anxiety, one of which is hypnotherapy.
We all have an internal dialogue telling us a story of how things are. If our internal dialogue is, ‘that’s just my luck’ ‘Oh, I’m such an idiot’ ‘why does it always happen to me?' Or it’s their fault that I’m like I am, why did I say that? 'no wonder I'm no good'… the list goes on.
Whatever we practise we become good at. Anything that we give our attention to, grows. Take any hobby or something that we dedicate time and effort to, and eventually over time we become really good at it. We don't intentionally practise anxiety, we didn't start out looking for problems, but the brain doesn't know this, all it knows is that we are paying lots of attention to problems, and thus we attract more of the same. It becomes an easy path to follow. Even if these beliefs are false, they become true for us.
Scientific discoveries have made it possible to understand this process using imaging techniques. A study was carried out at Harvard Medical School to learn and practice a little five-finger piano exercise and understand the effects on the brain in terms of learning. Neuroscientist Alvaro Pascual-Leone instructed the members of one group to play as fluidly as they could. Every day for five days, the volunteers practiced for two hours. Another group just practised doing the piano exercise in their heads, without even touching the keyboard. At the end of the study the neural pathways in the group who physically played the piano, grew in the relevant areas. The group who just visualised it in their minds over and over again, also improved in the same areas of the brain, although to a lesser extent. This study was repeated in terms of strength training too with similar results. What we give our attention to, grows in our minds
How Hypnotherapy helps
Hypnotherapy can help to change your relationship with anxiety, and help you to discover balance, well being and an inner calm. The mind is more open to change in a relaxed state and adapts accordingly. Hypnosis/deep relaxation is a way to access resources, that enable you to activate positive lasting changes.