The Anxiety Equation – Hypnotherapy in Ely and Newmarket:
Many people come to hypnotherapy thinking that the thing they are anxious about causes their anxiety. And in many ways this is quite natural because for you that thing is associated with anxiety, worry and dread.
Whether it’s public speaking that makes you anxious, or flying, or driving on motorways, social situations, swimming in open water or something else, in those places, situations or circumstances, the anxiety can be overwhelming. There are the thoughts and feelings beforehand and when you think of that anxiety filled thing, the increased anxious thoughts, feelings and sensations when in the situation, as well as any analysis or self-criticism as you think back upon it afterwards.
Yet there is an additional element in your anxiety. We know this because not everyone struggles with catastrophising thoughts and anxious feelings about those things. Some people love flying, socialising or public speaking and those other things you try and avoid.
The fact there is more to it is good news, because it means that rather than being stuck with those thoughts and feelings, you can do something about them that can help you feel better.
I’ve called this ‘the anxiety equation’ and it’s something I’ve covered in this short video (click on the image and have a watch, and be sure to give it a thumbs up!):
As I talk about in the video, although it may seem like it’s the person, place, situation that causes your anxiety, and those anxious feelings of discomfort may be very real and strong, there is an extra step in this. That extra step is all the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, expectations, experience and behaviours about it. All those things that take place inside your mind, those psychological processes, create your anxiety, fear and dread. That’s why your experience can be so different to somebody else’s.
This is good news because if the social situations, flying, dogs, public speaking, driving and so on caused the anxiety by themselves then you’d be stuck. There would be nothing you could do about it. Yet there are many ways to change your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and expectations that put you back in control and mean you can do the things that you want to do.
That anxiety equation can be changed so that the end result is calmness and confidence, rather than fear and discomfort. It can become an equation where the end result is feeling good, having self-belief, feeling more capable and knowing you can do it.
To your happiness,
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