What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a physiological state driven by an overdose of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, an underproduction of the homone seratonin can also contribute to this state.
What Causes Anxiety?
Anxiety, a rush of adrenal gland hormones through our system, is a normal biological process, it gives us an edge in certain situations. The most often used example is that of our ancestors being faced by threatening animals or attacking tribes – the rush of adrenaline fuels our body for immediate action, we run or fight. In modern situations this still applies, we need that push to meet deadlines, perform and even for the motivation required to get up in the morning!
However what we see more of today is too much stimulis, the resulting over production of hormones can lead to many health symptoms; however for anxiety itself to become a problem which persists for more than a couple of weeks another event has to take place.
Events contributing to anxiety
The event in question will be an extreme but very brief fear thought that happens at the same time as feeling isolated or alone (even if the isolation is not your actual reality all that has to occur is the fear of being without support). The fear thought will happen in response to a life situation currently going on – physical or emotional. The following example is just one of many that could take place, other examples could be that of a sudden shock such as trauma or hearing very bad news.
Example; lets take two people at work having to meet a difficult and very stressful deadline. By the time the deadline is met both will have experienced many symptoms of adrenal overproduction, digestive problems, headaches, muscle tension and pain, sleep disturbance, a mind that’s so busy it feels crazy. One person may end up with a bad cold, feel under the weather and spend a lot of time sleeping for the next month but will recover and forget about the stress. The other person may not get ill but at some point during the stress will have had a sudden thought or emotional reaction (such as, I can’t cope/I’m overwhelmed/ I’m going to die/ My life is over/ I can never let my guard down etc) that went deep (coupled with feeling alone) this thought/reaction has now triggered off a more permanent state of anxiety. This thought then becomes a permanent fixture in the subconscious until it is released in some way.
This permanent state becomes one of generalised anxiet with the myriad of different symptoms each causing it’s own fears and worries, such as, “what’s wrong with me now, or why am I like this?” There are many side effects of anxiety, such as persistent negative thinking, obsessive thoughts, digestive, skin and sleeping problems, shakiness, social difficulties, frequent infections and many more – they are not new conditions in their own right.
How do we Treat Anxiety?
Reversing the condition of anxiety is possible, we just need to address the factors that have led to it and heal the damage done to the body, mind and energy field.
Even though you will immediately begin to feel better once we have released the original cause; the healing and repair work to your system needs to take place. One key facet is learning how to deal with the feelings of anxiety that will still be there until your body has completely recovered. Learning how to do this can be relaxing process in itself involving a form of therapeutic Mindfulness that is aimed at emotional and physical well-being.
Certain very easy to do exercises may also be given as these have the power to reverse even deeply entrenched conditions,
Making some changes to diet and lifestyle may be helpful also; it’s simply a question of finding out what is most beneficial for you.
Releasing the original cause
To do this I use a form of hypnotherapy that takes you to the core or the cause of the anxiety, from here the “belief” that has taken over your life is cleared along with the emotions that may have become blocked.
More than one session would be necessary to heal anxiety but you would be given work and further resources to use at home to deepen the work in between sessions and to lessen the amount of sessions needed.