Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time but for some it’s an everyday occurrence that takes hold of their entire life. It saps confidence, causes stress and leaves us in constant fear of panic attacks.
Understand The Causes
There are different types of anxiety and they can be triggered by different things. Some people have social anxiety, others find certain tasks or situations trigger attacks whilst others feel they have uncontrollable or obsessive thoughts. Whatever anxieties you have, the first step in dealing with them is understanding your own personal triggers and symptoms. Keep a log of the symptoms you experience and what sets them off. What are you thinking and feeling when these things happen?
If you struggle with anxiety you should work to keep your life as calm and stress free as possible. Perform small tasks right away so they don’t mount up. Use lists to keep track if necessary – the more your brain is trying to remember, the less space it has to deal with unhelpful emotions or thoughts.
Take Control Where You Can and Accept Where You Can’t
Situations that may seem out of your control can be made more bearable by doing whatever you can to regain some feeling of control. Set yourself limits, do what you can to prepare and take control of situations by setting boundaries or clear expectations.
Any situations that cause you anxiety but that you don’t feel you can control yourself, you should attempt to view in a different way. Try to let go of trying to control these things. Don’t deny yourself time to worry but spend a little time acknowledging it, accept you can’t do much at this point, and let go.
Develop Coping Mechanisms
When panic takes hold you want some reliable and immediate techniques that you can call upon to calm yourself down. I teach my clients a range of exercises that they can rely upon until therapy means they don’t need them anymore.
These include mindfulness techniques where you recognise unhealthy thoughts and learn to stop them before they take hold, deep breathing and relaxation techniques as well as distraction and avoidance exercises. We can also work on positive visualisation where we focus on the likely positive outcomes of situations without letting negative thoughts take hold.
Change Thought Patterns
For long term relief I help clients with advanced hypnotherapy to change the way they think. Our mind learns certain patterns of thinking and if these are causing us to be unhappy or anxious, we need help to rewire these. By becoming more mindful of our thoughts we can make new paths for our brain to follow.
These include avoiding all-or-nothing thinking and catastrophizing thoughts, separating emotions from reason, learning not to take things so personally and understanding the real worst case scenarios and likelihood of these events.
Seek Help For Permanent, Long Lasting Change
If you’re still struggling to deal with anxiety try talking to friends, family or people in your support network.
If you’d like professional help I offer clients a friendly, personal service with real, proven benefits. I am sure I can help you with your anxiety so why not get in touch today to find out more?