We all experience both physical and
emotional response to anxiety during our lifetime. In the appropriate context, it
can play an important role as a protective mechanism. Alerting us to potential
danger, in order to keep us safe.
It can also be a positive motivator for
keeping us focused whilst under pressure. For example, meeting deadlines or
participating in a competitive activity. Or a valuable messenger, letting us
know that its time to let go of old outmoded ways of coping.
| How anxiety affects you |
Underlying feelings of dread and fear
Fight or flight symptoms
Loss of confidence
Repetitive Negative thoughts
Avoidance of certain situations
may be caused by a specific situation or stressor, or from being under
continuous stress. It may linger, or manifest after a challenging period in
your life. When you don’t feel in control of it, anxiety can limit how you live
and eventually shrink your world
with all feelings and emotions, especially the less comfortable or scary ones, sometimes
you may fear the feelings of anxiety almost as much, or more than the situation
that has created it. You may not even know on a conscious level, why you are
as you may try to avoid certain situations and places that trigger the
physiological and emotional stress responses. Trying to resist the feelings
themselves, is what will keep you stuck in that anxiety cycle.
| Allowing your feelings sets you free |
It may sound counter intuitive, especially when you are overwhelmed with fear and unpleasant physical sensations, but it’s the allowing yourself to feel those responses that will free you up. When you don’t resist a feeling, you are not making it wrong. When you are not making it wrong, the protective part of your mind does not perceive it as a threat to your safety.
…Then it doesn’t feel the need to activate those stress responses, or they don’t last very long, because it gets that you are ‘safe’ and in control!
How I can help you…..
Relaxation and breathing techniques – to enable you to be
more at ease and at home in your body. Helping you to feel safe and secure
within yourself, especially when experiencing anxiety or stress related tension
or sensations in your body.
Hypnosis – Using positive suggestion, changing the story or
narrative about your relationship with anxiety, from disempowering to self-
Positive mindset and self-talk practices – Ongoing self-help tools, to keep your mind focused on how you want to feel. Keeping it occupied in a more constructive and helpful way.
‘As soon as you make the choice to feel better…… you have already taken your first step’