Anxiety is a normal internal response and most of us will experience anxiety from time to time. It can affect us all in many different ways and our ability to cope and deal with anxiety varies. Stress is triggered by external factors found in all areas and at different times in our lives. However anxiety is something that can persist and grow even if there is no clear cause. Anxiety can make us blow things out of proportion and imagine that things in our lives are worse than they really are. This fear and anxiety can then make us avoid situations and prevent us from confronting our fears.It is important that we recognise that anxiety is a normal set of bodily responses that have existed in us from our cave-man days. Clinical Hypnotherapy can retrain our minds to see these responses as part and parcel of our everyday life.
Our base brain or ‘cave-man’ brain equips us with an internal alarm system designed to protect us from the dangers surrounding us, this is our fight/flight response. This response make us hyper-alert by boosting adrenaline levels that increases our heart rate, this in turn raises the amount of oxygen going to our limbs so we are ready to fight or run from danger. Other familiar feelings include “butterflies in the stomach” together with sweaty palms and a dry mouth. Excessive anxiety can cause us to have an irrational response to the fear we are experiencing, leading us to avoid situations and increasing our fear response.
Some people have an identifiable cause for their anxiety; a traumatic incident, or have undergone a significant life event (surgery, loss of a loved one, work issues etc.,). These can all be treated effectively with Clinical Hypnotherapy and other approaches that Sara Stevens can offer you. However, some people do not have an identifiable cause for their anxiety which can often produce added stress that manifests itself as imagined physical symptoms.
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