Don’t let anxiety get the better of you, there are many ways that you can help yourself. A good hypnotherapist will not only use hypnosis techniques to assist in your recovery but should also give you the tools to help yourself to overcome anxiety. I call this the belt and braces approach and it is what I use with my clients.
1 Breathe. When we are anxious our breathing changes and becomes more rapid and shallow and often we breathe through the mouth. When we breathe through the mouth we only inflate the top of the lungs which is connected to the sympathetic nerve fibres that activate the fight or flight response. When we breathe through the nose we inflate the entire lung and lower lobes that that connect to the parasympathetic nervous system. this calms the body and slows the heart rate. Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
2 Relax. Yes I know that is exactly what you can’t do when you feel anxious so you need to practice and practice and practice. We might think we are relaxing when we watch telly with a glass of wine but what we are really doing is distracting ourselves. Proper effective mental and physical relaxation is so much more. Clients are amazed at how relaxing hypnotherapy sessions are. This is because the brain waves change from Beta down into Alpha which is relaxed and thenTheta which signal a very deep state of relaxation or hypnosis. Go and visit the App store on your phone and download a myriad of free relaxation apps then take 15 minutes a day to listen to these and relax deeply. This relaxation practice will enable you to then relax at will when you really need to, and in the process will reduce and combat stress and anxiety.