"I wanted to write to you to say thank you for helping me in my time of need.
I came to you suffering very heavily with anxiety which was starting to affect my life in a very big way. Being fairly successful in my professional life and as someone that never worried about much I found it very difficult to deal with this new mind set and to always be worried about the ‘unknown’. I was thinking 10 steps ahead on even the smallest of things and worrying unnecessarily about what might happen. After a few sessions with you I was thinking straight again, you taught me how to process the possible against the probable, how to value myself and most of all you made me realise that I wasn’t weird, everyone goes through strenuous times in their life. Your approach was first class, you could tell that i didn’t trust people and built a relationship with me. You talked to me in a very direct way instead of fluffing things up and you put my mind at ease.
Thank you so much for your help, I am now back to myself and I wouldn’t have got back to normal as quickly as I did without you."
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, unease and worry, and it’s a feeling we all experience from time to time. However, sometimes anxiety can become so frequent, aggressive and forceful that it can begin to erode our happiness and chip away at life.
Anxiety as a problem, is not simply restricted to the negative feelings of dread; there are a whole variety of potential anxiety disorders that may be developed over time. These include generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, Trichotillomania and phobias, just to name a few -of which there are a huge array!
Do you suffer from anxiety?
Anxiety and panic attacks may affect your life in all sorts of usual and unusual ways. Sometimes anxiety can happen in ordinary social situations or perhaps when speaking to a group. There is a variety of different triggers, that we design with our unique self in mind, and even then, anxiety can occur for no specific reason. A little bit of anxiety is completely normal and natural, especially if we are venturing into the unknown, but long-term or continuous anxiety is not and can seriously effect the life of a sufferer.
Most importantly, there is no, 'One size fits all'. Something that may cause you concern or worry, may not affect your friends or colleagues in the same way, so their advice, however sage, may not be for right for you. So don't worry, it doesn't mean nothing works, it means that your remedies so far just haven't been right for you.
The physical symptoms
The physical symptoms of anxiety can range from rapid breathing, sweating, light headedness, heart palpitations, sheer panic, flushing, worrying, irrational terror, feeling faint or dizzy, and often a deep down feeling of impending doom. Yes, it's true! Anxiety can and will present itself physically for some people.
Some of the physical symptoms to look out for are:
- Excessive worrying i.e. Persistent anxious thoughts usually accompanied by other symptoms, such as fatigue or insomnia.
- Insomnia – Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, waking early or during the night.
- Irrational fears Linked to a specific thing or situation i.e. a phobia.
- Muscular tension You may notice this by the ache in your jaw, shoulders, or some other part of the body.
- Stomach troubles – Although anxiety may start in the mind there are lots of ways it can show itself physically, as with irritable bowel syndrome IBS and its accompanying symptoms.
- Panic attacks – These can come with a whole host of unpleasant symptoms such as heart palpitations, trouble breathing, sweating, dizziness, nausea to name just a few.
- last but not least, Procrastination - Putting things off because we are scared, with then leads to things getting bigger and bigger and causing us even more fear
One of the most common forms of anxiety is social anxiety, also known as social phobia, which can affect as much as 13% of the population.
South London Therapy not only offers state of the art therapy with a highly qualified therapist, it offers compassion. You will have a treatment plan tailored to suit your own unique and individual situation, without judgement. A plan designed at your pace.
So often we are the harshest critics of ourselves, and yes, our own worst enemy, and so often we are too anxious of how we will be 'seen' or judged, so much so, that we can persuade ourselves not to risk making that call, and then we get cross when we haven't called... So that sometimes there is no winning.
So just call. It's OK, it's my job to put you at ease....Leave that bit to me.
Within the scope of Hypnotherapy we will work together to effectively understand and rationalise the 'crazy' fears or believed negative outcomes and we can allow the space to put things in the ordinary perspective, even if it's just moving things a tiny amount or tackling a monster head-on, we'll deal with it your way.
Anxiety at whatever level is uncomfortable and can be a problem to live with. Over time anxiety and its related disorders can take a toll on mental and physical health and general well being.
Giving Tracey a call could be your important first step to an anxiety free future. Don’t delay, just call.