Anxiety comes in different forms and is experienced by all ages to differing degrees. It can be very specific, for example related purely to situations where there are lots of people around or it can be general. Very often anxiety is ‘learned behaviour‘ – perhaps due to a parent or sibling being a worrier and ‘learning’ that behaviour subconsciously. It can also be the result of a trauma of some sort.
The biggest problem with anxiety is that it tends to get worse so what starts with a fairly minor anxiety can expand and start to impact other areas of your life…sound familiar? Usually when I talk to anxiety sufferers about this aspect, they nod their head, they recognise this pattern. This happens because the brain ‘pattern matches’ events, so if it sees another event as similar to what you are anxious about, it feels you need to be ‘on guard’ in that event. Before you know it, anxiety can take over your life.
In extreme cases, anxiety not only impacts your social life but can result in being unable to work, not being able to speak on the phone, being fearful every time the doorbell rings, not wanting to leave the house.
Anxiety is prevalent, you are probably unaware that some of the people you know suffer with it if they have a mild form. It often starts with basic worrying but when you worry you are stressed, when you are stressed you are in the fight or flight response – on your guard – ready to fight or run away (dating back to our ancestory when we were faced with a hungry saber toothed tiger). This has a physical and emotional impact on you.
Anxiety can also lead to panic attacks. Very often anxiety sufferers fear having a panic attack even if they have never had one.
There are the short term physical effects of anxiety such as sweaty palms, shortness of breath, digestive issues, clouded thinking, palpitations and longer term effects can include IBS/gastrointestinal issues, muscular problems – especially jaw and shoulders (due to tension), weakened immune system, insomnia and depression.
Hypnotherapy and the other techniques I use have successfully helped people become anxiety free, completely recovered from anxiety which can be life changing.
I run workshops in Guernsey for anxiety sufferers and see clients on a one to one basis. My next anxiety workshop commences on 19th February. Spaces are limited. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.
ANN BOWDITCH is a member and trainer registered on the General Hypnotherapy Register and uses her skills to help people overcome many issues including stress, weight loss, cravings, addictions, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bullying and confidence issues. Ann works in a unique way often by combining therapies tailoring sessions specifically for the individual.
Ann Bowditch GQHP, GHR Reg., META-P
Dip (Hyp) Hypnotherapy
EFT Level 3 (AAMET Certified) & Matrix Reimprinting
Meta-Health & EmoTrance
PSTEC Level 1-A (Advanced)