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Anxiety and how to manage it in unpredictable times

by Sue Turner, clinical hypnotherapist

We can all suffer with anxiety and depression at different levels

People with anxiety often project into the future, and think about the ‘what if’

Depressed people often go back to the past and think about bad things that have happened to them before, and  therefore, they might expect bad things to happen again.

Many people have lived with levels of anguish for long periods in their lives and sometimes it can be a learned behaviour if we grew up in an anxious household.

Now with the Coronavirus lockdown getting more and more serious, we are probably all having anxious and fearful thoughts

A slightest symptom in us, could cause us to fear the worst.  We are fearful of ourselves and others and the unseen predator.  Many of us will be fearful about our income, our businesses, our jobs and careers.  Most will worry about their health and their loved ones. Those who suffered with anxiety and depression already might feel that their emotional and mental state is much more out of control.

I would like to share a few thoughts and approaches I would take with clients to help people keep things in perspective.  As often the fear can diminish our inner power.  Hypnotherapy is extremely beneficial in helping people empower themselves and prevail through difficult times. It can give them a sense of calmness and confidence and self-belief.

The first thing to do is to take care of ourselves to the best of our ability

Eat good quality food regularly. Breakfast is important as it get our blood sugar level up and keeps us going for the day.  People who don’t eat are more prone to feel jittery, physically and mentally. Try not to put too many toxins and stimulants into your body i.e alcohol, nicotine and caffeine and sugar.  They upset the nervous system and can affect our digestive system.  Sleep is the foundation of good health and it is important to give yourself permission to sleep so that you can cope with the challenges of the day.  Sleep at night – go to bed earlier and try and get up with the light.  You will feel better – stronger, more resilient.

Try to banish fear.  It is very draining and all consuming

Negative fear feeds on itself.  Give yourself positive suggestions that you are strong.  You are taking good care of yourself, and the people who are important to you.  Think about your past successes, your strengths and capabilities.  We will all have to become more resourceful in the weeks ahead, and we need to tap into other skills and capacities.  Learn something new. Stimulate your intellect and creativity.  Do not let other people’s fear rub off on you.  Social media articles and other people’s fear mongering can exacerbate our own anxiety.

A lot of anxious people are very good at looking after others.  Try to take the focus away from your anxiety by taking care of others as much as you can

Whether it is something practical or just keeping in contact with family and friends.  Remembering to keep the appropriate physical distance of course.

We tend to think that anxiety is an emotional and mental state, but it affects our bodies hugely.  Fear triggers adrenaline and cortisol which can make us feel so uneasy physically.  If you sense that fear is held in your body, try this following exercise:

Think about where the tension is held in your body

Close your eyes and give the feeling a shape.  Think about the size of it, in relation to your body.

Give it a colour.   Is it hard or soft?    Is it rough or smooth?  Is it heavy or light?   Is it hot, cold or warm?

Notice how it makes your body feel and think about what would soothe that feeling

Warming sun?  Fresh pure air?  Soothing balm?  Your imagination will show you what is right for you.

Focus on how you are feeling.  Is your body healthy?  Keep things in perspective

Think about things you love to do. Where you love to be and how you function best. Where do you feel happiest and safest?  Being with your family and friends?  Your pets? In the garden or outdoors?  In your bedroom surrounded by things you love.  Find a safe place.

Think about what you need to do to feel safe

Try to take your thoughts away from yourself and think about others.

Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. Live your life by your own code. Do not compare your situation with others.

 

If you would like a free copy of  ‘Boost your Immune System’ visit here

Sue Turner is a highly experienced clinical hypnotherapist and works from London at Chelsea Natural Health Clinic and, also, has her own practice, Candela Hypnosis

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