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Newcastle Hypnotherapy for help with Anxiety

Newcastle Hypnotherapy Anxiety. Get help for your anxiety from Newcastle Hypnotherapy in Jesmond. If you are suffering from anxiety you may already have explored some ways to help you let go and so far haven’t worked for you. Anxiety is different for everyone thought there are some common themes.

It’s really useful to be clear what anxiety is. You can’t point to anxiety the same way you can point to a car or a remote control. You can identify some kinds of behaviours that for you produce the state you call anxiety.

Newcastle Hypnotherapy Anxiety

The word ‘anxiety’ could be defined metaphorically as in ‘anxiety’ is like an upturned ant hill or going round in circles but this doesn’t provide specifics of either the problem or the attempted solution of outcome.

Let’s take a look at some of the common specific behaviours that can be anxiety producing. And its worth remembering that anxiety is an ongoing attempt to accomplish or achieve something yet presently not succeeding. You could almost think of anxiety as an ongoing process attempting to obtain control.

Newcastle Hypnotherapy Anxiety : Common Themes

Anxious people have some main traits in common. Not everyone will have all of these ‘behaviours’ so read on to see how this can apply to you. Here is a list which will be expanded with examples.

  • Attempting to solve a problem or attain a goal.
  • Confusion between ‘reality’ and ‘imagined reality’.
  • Problem fixation.
  • Generalised symptom identification.
  • Perceived lack of control.

Attempting to solve a problem

One ‘anxiety’ causing behaviour is the thought ‘what if…‘ and the ‘what if …‘ is usually having negative or problematic consequences. That ‘what if … ‘ is an attempt to gain control or solve a problem. The problem with this approach is often two fold. Firstly ‘What if I fail my driving test?‘ There will naturally be a host of negative consequences, this usually makes you feel bad and feeling bad tends to make you under perform and have more negative thoughts; a vicious cycle.

Secondly, it’s way too easy to forget to ask ‘What if I pass my driving test?” which is likely to have good feelings associated with this idea and good feelings produce in general good thoughts.

However you phrase your ‘what if’s …’ in the positive ( pass ) or in the negative ( fail ) you are attempting to attain a goal. Problems are neither good or bad they are neutral. Not attaining or attaining a goal is where the emotional juice is. Newcastle hypnotherapy anxiety can help you in changing your thought patterns to work for your success.

Confusion between ‘reality’ and ‘imagined reality’

Have you ever notices when someone seems pretty preoccupied? When such a person is really in their own head and seemingly impervious to the outside world. They may well be thinking. Anxiety behaviour often involves a partial or complete withdrawal from the outside world.

When I was very much younger I watched a horror video ( no dvd’s then ) at a friends late one night. It was A Nightmare on Elm Street. Walking home I was terrified, seeing Freddy in the shadows as I returned home. This was me confusing reality and my imagined reality. Anxiety producing for sure.

This is common in anxiety producing behaviours. Imagining the worst or some real bad events in your imagination and being somewhere in between experiencing ‘reality’ as in what is happening now with the imagined bad events.

What you imagine has physical effects in your body and feeling these effects surely effects your thoughts. Vicious cycle again. Newcastle hypnotherapy Anxiety can help you to be clear and make distinctions between immediate experience and your imagined experiences.

Problem fixation

There is a huge body of psychological and social research that shows we as human beings have a much stronger reaction to ‘Bad Events’ than to good ones. Our approximate difference is 2:1 in favour of emotional response to bad events.

This also is strongly linked to our status quo, that is what we have now. Losing something is worse that gaining something of equal value. We don’t like ( psychologically ) to lose.

If you describe yourself as anxious then by all account you have a great imagination so congratulations! Now as you have a great imagination, can you imagine if you used your great imagination to imagine solutions and attaining more of your goals?

One of two things ( possibly three ) happened when your read that last invitation to use your imagination to imagine solutions.

  1. You did imagine solutions and you are smiling.
  2. You did then thought yourself back into problem mode.

Your brain is neuroplastic, don’t worry mine is too. This is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is one you have learned to do some task, cook a meal, drive a car, the information is stored there mostly permanently. The curse is it can be challenging to to learn to do said task, cook a meal a different way.

What we have learned and learned well become our habits, just about automated ways of thinking and behaving. No one is born anxious, its a learned way of thinking and interacting with the outside world. Newcastle hypnotherapy anxiety can help you change long term habits and if you really realise it takes good imagination to be anxious then you, with practice can use that great imagination to start imagining you can attain solutions to your goals and outcomes.

Generalised symptom identification

This probably seems like a bit of a mouth full and also I hope no where near enough of a title to make any real sense to you. If this is the case this is an example of over-generalisation. The word anxiety is a generalisation. There is no explicit information such as where, when, who etc.

A statement such as ‘I am anxtious about the test.’ has a huge amount of associated data and information missing. What test? When is the test? Have you revised for the test? What are you doing to ensure you do the best you can? Newcastle hypnotherapy anxiety helps you identify more specifics so you can be creating your own outcomes to the best of your ability.

As you engage more of your conscious efforts ( your left hemisphere ) you are engaging the very neurological processes that can calm anxiety well.

By fixating on anxious thoughts ( which drive anxious feelings ) you are to intent and purpose identifying with anxiety. ‘I am anxious!’ Fixating on some thought, some idea, some feeling is identification. A powerful Budhist teaching exercise is stating ‘I have thoughts and I am not my thoughts.’ ‘I have feelings and I am not my feelings.’

Perceived lack of control

There are two elements at work here. First there is the desire to find a solution and perceiving you can’t create one. This is a good definition of the structure of anxiety.

The second is how and what you are doing in the real work to change your situation or how you continue to do what gives you a perceived lack of control. If you continue doing the same thing, you will likely get the same results.

Rodents can be taught to perform certain tasks to receive a food pellet. They are smart and can learn this easily. They can then be shocked ( they never signed up for that but hey ho ) electrically instead of receiving their reward of food. Rats will quickly stop the reward behaviours when they get a shock.

They can then, with a little encouragement learn to do the exact shock reward behaviour when they realise that instead of the shock they will get their food pellet. When the same structure returns a reward or punishment depending on the rats outcome, they can change learned behaviours.  They can change.

When there is a ‘structure’ to the thinking and behavior that is anxiety producing, you can find this structure and with effort interrupt the problems structure.

Newcastle Hypnotherapy Anxiety Solutions

If you are willing to put in some effort to learn new habits and ways to turn your great imagination into working for your health and happiness then get in touch. Even just exploring the idea that you can change and be more free from anxiety is already adjusting what you believe could be possible for you.