How Hypnosis Can Help with Anxiety

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Find the right hypnotherapist for Anxiety in Perth today.

Did you know that one-quarter of Australians will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime? On average that’s one in four Australians.

Anxiety is a natural response. Everyone needs that ability to experience anxiousness at some level. It keeps us on our toes. It keeps us safe. That is a rational fear.

Irrational Fear or Anxiety Disorder can make day-to-day life a real struggle. If you’re constantly worrying about past or present difficulties, or about things that might go wrong in the future, it becomes hard to think straight or to keep things in perspective. Some people with generalised anxiety say it feels like their mind is constantly whirring, and the tiniest mishap can set them off worrying. Sometimes the anxiety can seem to come out of nowhere. Some people experience disrupted sleep, where they would wake up in the middle of the night feeling anxious, and they weren’t even sure what they were anxious about. And then there are the physical symptoms, such as headaches, breathing difficulties, sweating or nausea.

In evolutionary terms, any ‘anxiety’ that a person experiences is a straightforward physical process. The body is simply getting ready either to fight a predator or to run away. Our nervous system evolved over millions of years to respond to potential threats like an encounter with a lion by speeding up our breathing and heart-rate, releasing adrenaline and then cortisol into our bloodstream, and diverting resources towards the muscles, to prepare us for an immediate fight or a rapid escape. In fact, it’s probably more appropriate to call this process the ‘muscle priming response’ than ‘anxiety’.

But while this ‘muscle priming’ is very useful for escaping a hungry lion, it’s less than helpful for dealing with many of the challenges of modern life, such as managing your money, dealing with conflict at work or at home, or sitting in endless traffic jams. And it has a number of negative side effects if it goes on too long.

One consequence of long-term anxiety is that it can suppress a person’s immune system, so they catch more colds, and may have digestive problems. This is because, as far as their body is concerned, there is a lion about to attack, so fighting off a cold or digesting lunch can wait till later. Another consequence is that it’s difficult to think clearly and rationally when you’re anxious, because the ‘muscle priming response’ is all about making very quick life-or-death decisions to escape from physical danger, not about carefully analysing a situation in depth and planning for the long term.

How Anxiety Develops

We have both conscious and subconscious minds. Your conscious mind is your critical or rational mind and allows you to make yes/no decisions and responsible for those things you are consciously aware of.
The subconscious is that part of the mind that looks after everything else for you. It is the part that controls everything you do without conscious effort or thought – things that happen automatically, without thinking – blinking, laughing, crying, breathing, etc.

Your subconscious mind remembers everything you have experienced in your lifetime. All your experiences – from the time you were in the womb to this point in your life – everything you learned, everything you saw, everything you heard, everything you touched, everything you said, everything you smelt, every emotional reaction – every memory of that experience is stored in the data-bank of your subconscious mind.

That is why you don’t have to learn to tie your shoelaces every day, or to walk, to talk – everything you do automatically without thinking, and you always do those things the same way.

Your subconscious mind accesses that data-bank millions of times each day and uses the stored information to guide the mind in the way it will respond to any given stimuli. These reactions are automatic, and consciously you may not understand why you respond this way.

That is why you also respond the same way every time to the same stimuli. It is a learned behaviour. It is highly unlikely you would even remember when you first learned that response because the incident was so insignificant at the time, but over time the subconscious response became more intense because the subconscious became better at it. The same way you notice, you get better at doing something when you practice.

This is how your habits are born and grow. Any response to any stimuli is something that has been learned and practiced.

You might have felt a little peeved at something as a child, but over time something similar to that incident occurred and gradually that grew to anger. It is the same way anxiety is born. All your habits and beliefs developed the same way – from exposure and practice. You don’t even notice the development as it is so gradual. When the stimulus occurs, the mind is still at the same age of the first response but acting with the experience of all the practice it has experienced. The negative behaviours only grow in intensity over time.

Hypnosis for anxiety is a very effective alternative to conventional medical treatment. At Perth Hypnosis Clinic we help you to utilise the power of your own mind in your own unique way to resolve the cause of the issue very quickly. Once the cause is resolved, there is no reason for that negative response, allowing you to live a life without unrelenting worry and frustration.

By changing habits within the subconscious mind, it really is possible to achieve just about anything.

By working with a hypnotherapist specialising in anxiety, you can surprise yourself how quickly you move forward. At Perth Hypnosis Clinic, we really care about your happiness and want to see you living a stress-free life. Get in touch with Perth Hypnosis Clinic and speak to Perth’s Anxiety Specialist.

Give us a call on 0431 959 204 or email Kenneth on kenneth@perthhypnoclinic.com.au.