Have you ever found yourself breathing faster than usual? Your heart rate increasing and your muscles becoming tense? Perhaps you felt a bit shaky and had worries about “What if?” racing through your mind? If so, you’re not alone. These are all signs of anxiety and most of us have felt anxious at some point in our lives.
When we believe that something is a problem or a threat, our body begins to produce chemicals such as adrenaline which enables us to react and respond to the situation. This can be a useful reaction if we are faced with an actual threat or danger and a certain amount of anxiety is normal in our day to day lives; it helps us to remain focused whilst alerting us to things that may require attention. However, if we experience too much anxiety over a sustained period of time, it may begin to have a negative impact and can sometimes lead to panic attacks too.
There are a variety of therapies available to enable you to overcome or manage anxiety and panic attacks and the most effective therapy for you, depends on your individual situation. Hypnotherapy can often be helpful for anxiety and panic attacks by helping you to relax, increase your confidence, release anxiety and learn new ways of coping with anxiety-inducing situations. Talking therapies such as CBT or counselling can be helpful where there may be issues from the past which are causing problems in the present.
You can read more about anxiety and panic attacks on my website here.