Here’s a simple truth: Stress is a natural and necessary part of life. Stress gets your attention and focuses your mind. Stress gives your mind something to push against, and the mind needs that to grow — just like the way your muscles need something to push against so they can grow stronger.
Here’s another true thing: Anxiety is a natural response to stress. It’s not a problem. The problem lies in how you respond to anxiety.
Take stage fright. Any experienced actor will tell you that stage fright is a natural response to getting ready to act, and that it is a necessary response. If you don’t experience at least a little anxiety before you step onto the stage, your performance will stink. The trick is not to let the stage fright overwhelm you. The trick is to use it as a source of energy.
So stress leading to anxiety is normal and necessary, and the only question is how you respond to the anxiety. If you can use it to energise yourself, you have no problem, and maybe you would even experience what is known as eustress, which is a fancy term for “Wow, this is fun.” That’s what good skiers feel when they hit the bumps with a big grin, or skydivers when they unhitch and jump.
But when the stress leads to anxiety and the anxiety interferes with day-to-day life — when it keeps you from doing the things you want and need to do — that’s a problem. It is a problem that most of us experience now and then, and some of us deal with all the time.
Now, if you had the time and determination, you could develop meditation into a tool for overcoming debilitating anxiety. However, most of us are busy with all the daily demands in our life. We need something that works a lot faster.
That is when the skills of the competent hypnotherapists at the Hypnosis Therapy Clinic can make a difference — by providing effective hypnotherapy treatment for anxiety.
The anxious feelings that can interfere with life generally fall into these categories:
Reality-based anxiety is simply being afraid of something that anyone would agree is scary, like finding yourself unarmed and surrounded by hungry wolves.
Performance anxiety is the situation where you have a specific task to do, and the anxiety interferes with your ability to do it.
Social anxiety involves an inability to function when other people are around and paying attention. Many people have at least some of that. You won’t be surprised to learn that the average person’s biggest fear is getting up and talking in public.
Phobic anxiety involves the fear of something that would not bother most people, like being afraid of bugs.
Post-traumatic anxiety is caused by something really bad that happened in the distant or immediate past — childhood physical or sexual abuse, a bad auto accident, combat situations, things like that.
These all have different labels, but they all have the same thing in common: a sense of helplessness and vulnerability, a fear of not being able to prevent something bad from happening. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy offer a solution in all of these cases.
Hypnosis therapy for anxiety allows you to develop a relaxation response to scary things, so that you can stay calm and keep on functioning.
Hypnosis allows you to re-define scary situations and give them a new, un-scary meaning.
If you need to return to old, traumatic events and work through them, hypnosis allows you to stay calm and detached while you do that.
Hypnosis for stress and anxiety allows you to go inside yourself and discover, or maybe re-discover, the inner strengths that all of us are born with, but that we sometimes lose contact with over years of being knocked about by life.
These are the kinds of tools that the Hypnosis Therapy Clinic can provide you with so that you can experience a new sense of calm and emotional freedom in your life.
And that’s a good thing.