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Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can be a common complaint in today’s society and most people encounter it at some point. A certain amount can be dealt with naturally, as long as it stays within our “safe levels”. When it becomes too much for us to cope with it can affect our quality of life. Excessive or prolonged stress can lead to illness, physical and emotional exhaustion, increased anxiety or even panic attacks. It could be a future event that is causing stress and anxiety or an imminent surgical procedure or a hospital appointment, even a visit to the dentist can evoke immense stress and anxiety for some. When we come under excessive pressure from our home, work or social factors we tend to respond with feelings of anxiety, anger or depression or a combination of all three.

What are the effects of anxiety?

Anxiety can have an effect on both your body and your mind.

Short-term effects:

  • Increased muscular tension can cause discomfort and headaches
  • Rapid breathing may make you feel light-headed and shaky, and give you pins and needles
  • Rising blood pressure can make you more aware of a pounding heart
  • Changes in the blood supply to your digestive system may cause nausea and sickness
  • You may feel an urgent need to visit the toilet, and get 'butterflies' in your stomach

Long-term effects:

Fear combined with tension and lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, lowering your resistance to infection. You may experience digestive difficulties. You may also feel depressed.

Psychological effects:

Anxiety can make you more fearful, alert, on edge, irritable, and unable to relax or concentrate. You may feel an overwhelming desire to seek the reassurance of others, to be weepy and dependent.

How I can help...

Hypnotherapy gives us the ability to cope in different situations in a calm and effective way. You will be able to control your anxiety levels and have a calmer, more confident approach to all situations. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease pain and feelings of anxiety.

Hypnotherapy can reduce the fear and anxiety that some people feel before medical or dental procedures. For example, studies show that dental patients who underwent hypnosis had a significantly higher threshold for pain than those who were not hypnotized. Hypnosis may also improve recovery time and reduce anxiety and pain following surgery. Clinical studies show that using hypnosis may improve your mental and physical condition before an operation, and reduce the time it takes to recover.

Please call if you are experiencing anxiety due to an impending MRI scan or surgical procedure….we can help alleviate the symptoms.

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