Anxiety is a huge problem in our modern world with an estimated 40 million people in the US suffering anxiety disorders. In Australia, it’s estimated that 45% of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Aussie adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. So anxiety is a huge issue in our society.
Symptoms of anxiety may include but is not limited to a feeling of fear, a sense of impending dread, difficulty breathing, rumination, excessive sweating, irritability, a desire to fight/flight, a pounding heartbeat and tense muscles.
Anxiety occurs for many different reasons and is highly dependent upon the individual, however here are a few common reasons that you may relate to-
Too much caffeine
Being in public or social situations
Fear of being judged or ridiculed
Leaving the house
Conflict or Arguments
Change (new job, new therapist etc)
Anytime you feel out of control
Often if the individual has a negative past experience with something (animal, person, spider, airplane, social situation etc), then they will experience anxiety as a safety mechanism to avoid having to experience that event again. The subconscious is always trying to protect you and that anxious feeling is your mind saying “Nope! Not going there again!” So we need to work with the subconscious mind and help it to recognize that not all experiences are the same as that 1st negative experience.
So what can you do about it?
Support Groups– There are a heap of support groups both online and in person. These support groups are great for people who experience anxiety as they quickly learn that they are not alone, and can express themselves freely without judgement. It’s a safe place to begin healing and trusting again.
Therapy– Talk therapy tools including psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and hypnotherapy are all great methods to help deal with anxiety and get to the underlying reasons for the anxiety. If anxiety is connected to childhood trauma, then hypnotherapy is a powerful method for healing the past.
Journalling- A great way to work through your anxious experiences is to write them down. Everyone has their own unique triggers. You can then look at those triggers from a safe place and write what you are feeling and perhaps consider how you’d like to behave next time you come into contact with your trigger.
Exercise– A daily exercise routine will help you feel good about yourself and your body. It will also help to release any stress or tension in the body. (Massage is great for this too!)
The good news is that anxiety can be managed and in some cases, completely overcome. The tools we use in hypnotherapy makes finding your breath, your centre and that calmness inside yourself a lot easier the more you practice. It really is a lot easier than you think!
If you’re ready to heal, then book in a free info session and we can discuss how therapy can help conquer your anxiety triggers for good.