This is a question I get asked a lot by people who are trying to work out if what they are feeling is anxiety or is normal for a person with anxiety.
If you haven’t read it already then I would recommend you listen to my podcast episode on the role of adrenaline on the body as this also covers many of the symptoms that people with anxiety often struggle with, you can find it here.
This list of symptoms has been taken from the NHS website and covers all of the symptoms that I usually see in clinic.
Please note that this client story is based on a real client however names, dates and any identifying information has been changed to protect anonymity.
I have chosen this client story as it demonstrates beautifully how anxiety actually feels to the people who are suffering with it. If you would like to know why anxiety feels the way it does then head over to my blog on the role of adrenaline in anxiety.
Sam was a business owner and relatively successful when they contacted me for help with their anxiety. Their anxiety was focused on their health and revolved around the idea that there was something seriously wrong with them.
When their anxiety got to the point that they were having panic attacks they felt that it was important that they did something about it. Sam had seen me speak at an event and liked my straightforward approach.
Sam was experiencing light headedness and palpitations on a fairly regular basis however medical investigations had ruled out...
Best explanation that I can find from research, neuroimaging and from feedback from clients is that hypnosis, when delivered therapeutically, calms and focuses the mind. When people struggle with anxiety, they often can’t control the thoughts that come into their minds. These thoughts can often remind them of past upset, encourage thinking of worst-case scenarios and contribute towards a constant negative self-talk that damages confidence and self-esteem.
Hypnosis seems to be able to cut through this constant stream and show people how they can calm their minds.
Once you know how it feels you can then do this for yourself, this is called self-hypnosis. This means that clients with anxiety learn how to calm and control their minds so that they can choose how to respond to thoughts that come into their mind.
By creating this calm and focused mind we can then add in other techniques such as positive suggestions to build confidence and visualisation to help the...
This is a question I get asked a lot by potential clients and people I meet networking and, to be fair, it's a really good question!
In this episode I cover what hypnosis is, how we use it in a therapeutic setting and why I combine hypnosis with cognitive behavioural therapy for working with anxiety.
I also cover briefly some information on the evidence base behind these therapies and how you can find out more about where to get good advice on therapeutic interventions.
References mentioned in the podcast and where you can find out more:
Following on from the episode last week, I share with you my tips for building happiness in your life. Instead of the scales or the gym, here are some practical psychological tips that you can start doing today to build more happiness in your life.
Welcome to 2020!!! I know that there are going to be HUGE amounts of podcast episodes on new years resolutions and goal setting. So, I have brought you something a little different!! Here are my top tips to positive well being both mentally and physically. If you aren't into resolutions then here are some suggestions that you can incorporate into your everyday life and make 2020 the year for better mental health.
Sometimes Christmas can seem like the most stressful time of the year!!! All those presents, food, cooking, Christmas parties the list goes on and on. This weeks episode is about making sure you take care of you and enjoy the festive period with my top self-care tips.
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Christmas can be extremely stressful, I have spoken to clients this week who are worried about presents, food, family relationships, time and much more.
There is always just so much to do right? All for ONE DAY!!!
So, here are my top self-care tips to make sure you actually enjoy the whole festive period.
A lot of the things people stress about aren’t as important as they think they are. Finding the perfect present for some distant cousin you see once a year is not worth the stress it causes.
Ask yourself questions like “What do I know they like?” and “What do I know they will use?” if you can get something that they like or will use then you are on to a winner. If you can’t answer those questions then be OK with getting them something nice and generic.
Giving can actually make us happy when we approach it in the right way so be realistic with how personal each gift can be and enjoy finding nice, funny or...
This episode is focusing around my top hints and tips on how you can enjoy the party season, even if you struggle with anxiety and social anxiety.
These tips have been tried and tested by myself and my clients in clinic so make sure you have a listen and try them out.
Anxiety can be a massive hindrance when it comes to enjoying a party and this time of year can be a struggle, especially if you struggle with social anxiety.
I have never been an outgoing or particularly sociable person and so when I struggled with anxiety myself, it seemed that the simplest option was to avoid social events altogether.
When it comes to Christmas, there are often loads of invitations to parties that can get your heart racing. Office parties, family gatherings and Christmas parties for those you share a hobby with all come around once a year and can make the month of December very stressful indeed.
Here are some tried and tested tips to help make Christmas party season fun, even if you struggle with anxiety.
This may seem like an odd tip but arriving on time for a party or meal can be very beneficial if you don’t find socialising comfortable.
When you arrive on time you are usually there before most people who prefer to arrive fashionably late...
The way we think has a huge impact on our mental health. If you are looking to overcome your anxiety or just improve your mental health then first you need to know what thoughts are making things worse.
This download gives you a list of the most common ways we think negatively. All you need to do is see which ones you do most.
Also, keep an eye on your emails! I will be sending you a really useful video that goes with this exercise.