Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.

Sometimes the cause of our anxiety is clear to identify… it may be the result of a traumatic incident, or it can be the result of too much stress for varying reasons. It can be from significant life events such as moving house, getting divorced or a work deadline. Though for some people there seems to be no identifiable cause for their anxiety and this can result in further distress.

One way to understand how anxiety affects us is to use THE BUCKET ANALOGY
Imagine you have a bucket, which represents you.

  • Water, representing each stress event, is poured into the bucket.

  • Most buckets have room to hold some water but if the water keeps being poured in, the bucket will eventually overflow.

  • This is our breaking point, and as the water level rises towards the top of the bucket, we begin to experience symptoms of anxiety possibly leading to chronic stress.

  • Luckily, our bucket has a tap at the bottom which represents coping techniques and the things you might do to reduce the effects of demands and stressors.

  • The more readily we can open the tap, the easier it is to keep the water at optimal level.

  • Next, we need to identify what is filling the bucket.

  • The problem is that as the water level in the bucket rises, it sometimes can only take a small amount of stress to cause feelings of anxiety as it becomes near to overflowing and that is how we sometimes feel too.

  • As we know stress isn’t just limited to daily demands like taking on a huge workload, deadlines, relationships, money, etc. Stress exists in various forms and our bodies are constantly bombarded with things that trigger a stress response, adding to our bucket drop by drop.

So, what we have to do is to recognise when water is pouring in and have coping strategies & techniques & tools to let the water out. People often experience physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms when they feel anxious or stressed. 

Hypnosis allows you to experience deep levels of relaxation and so helps to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Hypnotherapy uses a variety of techniques to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Hypnotherapy helps you to understand and manage the stress in your life, leading to a positive impact on your mental and physical health. Hypnotherapy is amazing.

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