Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, one leading to the other and reinforcing the negative feelings that are associated with both of these common issues.
Hypnosis can help you take back control of your life and rid yourself of depression and anxiety.
It may not be an overnight process but it can help to get you back to normal without resorting to artificial aids such as prescription drugs or alcohol.
Hypnosis works at a deep level inside your mind – the same place where deep seated worries congregate and fester.
It’s quite normal for this to happen to an extent – we all worry about things every now and then – but when that begins to escalate into anxiety or depression then it’s time to start addressing the issues before they take control of your life.
Whilst anxiety and depression aren’t exactly the same thing they do often manifest at the same time. And the way they can be treated often overlaps.
We need some stress in our lives otherwise we don’t function as normal human beings.
And our stress levels vary according to what’s happening around us – some of us stress out in traffic jams, others take the opportunity to chill and (literally) go with the flow. Either approach works but obviously if you choose to vent your anger on something that’s out of your control there’s a good chance that you won’t come out of the process in a pleasant state or – if you do – that the people around you won’t be affected.
If you’re subject to constant high levels of stress then that can begin to spill over into anxiety: worrying about whether you’ll hit deadlines or bonus targets, becoming anxious about whether you’ll have enough money to stay in your current lifestyle and so on.
The problem is that this anxiety can affect the decisions you make – a lot of people make worse decisions when they’re anxious, often because they’re looking for a short term fix for a long term problem.
Then they beat themself up for making the wrong decision and the whole process turns into a downward spiral.
Maybe you’ve seen people around you who’ve done that.
And maybe you’ve then focused on the “I don’t want to do that” side of things – which actually has the opposite effect because our subconscious mind struggles to process negative words and annoyingly interprets that thought as something you want to do.
Not the best solution for anxiety as it winds you up further and runs the risk of you facing overwhelm and sending yourself close to becoming ever-anxious or depressed.
The problem is that a lot of the stresses and strains we face aren’t things we’ve evolved to cope with.
They’re quite new and that’s a large part of the problem – we react to stresses and strains in ways that would have worked when we were (rightly) worried about being attacked by a sabre tooth tiger but don’t work at all well when we’re worried about whether the mortgage payment will clear this month or whether we’re going to be passed over for promotion.
Depression is often talked about at the same vein as anxiety but it’s often a lot worse and lasts a lot longer than anxiety. Even the language we use suggests this – people are often said to have an anxiety attack which suggests that it’s something that is over with relatively quickly (even if it seems like forever when you’re suffering from one) but it’s a lot less likely that you’ll hear the term depression attack.
Depression is usually accompanied by other things – you may lose your energy levels and just generally mope around, your self esteem levels drop. It’s often associated with sleepless nights, eating disorders (too much or too little or just the “wrong” type of food). At extreme levels people have been known to have suicidal thoughts caused by severe depression.
There are a number of different things that you can do to help reduce anxiety and depression.
It’s worth doing several things at once as a multi-pronged approach will help a lot more than relying on just one thing. But if that’s not something you can handle at the moment, start small.
Long deep breaths sound like a cliche but work. They slow you down and help you to relax more.
Looking upwards rather than downwards is another technique that seems far to simple but again works nicely. It’s very easy to let your head droop when you’re feeling down with anxiety and depression. Consciously look upwards. And if you’re somewhere that you won’t get too embarrassed, shout out the words “Yes! Yes! Yes!” when you do it. Go on – try it! And if you’re not in a place where shouting out loud is appropriate, even whispering the words will help.
Obviously your doctor is another person to turn to. They can help with anxiety and depression and may suggest that you take prescription drugs for a while until you begin to lift yourself out of the problem.
Friends and work colleagues may be able to help. You need someone you can confide in. And you need someone who won’t just keep agreeing with you, inadvertently reinforcing the negative mood you’re in.
Alcohol is a depressant – that means it will work in conjunction with any depression you’re suffering from. It’s all too easy to pour yourself a drink when you get home from a busy day at work and it’s well worth weaning yourself off alcohol or at the very least reducing the amount you consume.
Exercise will help. It releases endorphins – our naturally produced “feel good” chemical and they spread fast round your body. You don’t have to work out at the gym – even a few minutes brisk walk will get the production of endorphins going and will help improve your mood.
And, of course, there’s the option of hypnosis.
If you want to use a self help approach, you can download MP3s that you can play to yourself as often as needed. So long as you’ve got the discipline to listen to the MP3s you’ve bought this is a good approach as you can listen to them on demand rather than having to wait for an appointment.
If you need something tailored precisely to you then it’s worth booking a personal appointment with a hypnotist.
If you’re close to Cheltenham then you can contact me.
The appointment is completely confidential (although you are more than welcome to bring a friend along if you prefer) and at the start of the hypnosis session we’ll go through a preliminary chat to make sure that the suggestions I give to your subconscious mind are the best ones possible. Then I’ll put you into a hypnotic trance and use hypnotic suggestions together with other things so that you get a powerful hypnotic experience that works at lots of different levels on your anxiety or depression.