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What causes Anxiety?

When we experience the symptoms of anxiety such as the heart racing or feeling sweaty and shaky we are actually experiencing our bodily response to fear.

Our fear response comes about because our brains have evolved to keep us alive for as long as possible, his means that it is hard wired to fear things that threaten our lives.

What can happen in people with anxiety is that the fear response doesn’t only react to life threatening situations, it starts to respond to situations where death is very unlikely.

An example of this is fear of flying, statistically the risk of death is low but people with a fear of flying experience sometimes very extreme symptoms when faced with even the thought of flying.

Anxiety can also come about because of a fear of looking stupid, this might seem less important than life threatening situations but actually we evolved to be social creatures and our survival depends on that. Being laughed at, pushed away or ignored could have had a very dangerous...

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How anxiety affects procrastination and motivation.

I have decided to lump procrastination and motivation together in this blog as I find that they often work in tandem with each other.

Often when we procrastinate we lack in motivation and I wanted to write a blog that would cover both aspects and give a good idea of how you can start to notice that your anxiety is playing a part and then do something about it.

 

What is anxiety

For my full blog on this head here, but the short form is that anxiety is a fear of the future. This can be a specific event or just a general unsettling fear of something going wrong.

Anxiety is a very normal process of protecting you from harm but when we talk about people who struggle with anxiety as a mental health issue, this natural process has gone a bit wrong and is becoming overprotective to the point that it negatively affects your life.

Anxiety is linked to the fight or flight response in our bodies that help us prepare for life threatening situations and so comes with a range of physical...

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How anxiety affects the way we communicate with and treat others.

I have talked before about the link between thoughts, feelings and actions with anxiety and the way we think can have huge consequences for how we feel and what actions we take.

Anxiety can lead to a huge range of actions from avoidance (which is the most common) to more self-destructive behaviours like substance abuse.

In this blog I am going to focus on how anxiety affects the way that we communicate with and treat other people.

There are two main aims of this blog, one that you understand other people a little bit more and hopefully show some compassion for their behaviours that affect you and secondly so that if you are someone who does many of the things I am going to be discussing, you can understand why you do them and hopefully see how you could change them.

It is important that a person with anxiety does take steps to change these behaviours as it will drastically improve the way people perceive you and respond to you.

 

Communication

 

The way we communicate with...

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Self-Hypnosis for anxiety

What is hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis?

Many people have seen hypnosis on the TV and associate it with people doing things beyond their control. This type of hypnosis uses a lot of suggestion and a certain amount of trickery to work and, only works on a small proportion of the population.

When we use hypnosis as a therapeutic tool, we are talking really about hypnosis that is similar to being absorbed in a really good book. It is a calm and relaxed focus that allows us to calm the mind and the body so that we can start to train the mind to think differently.

This is particularly useful with issues such as anxiety because it can help combat the overactive mind and physical issues that come with anxiety.

Self-hypnosis is hypnosis that you can do on your own, you don’t need a therapist or an mp3 to talk you through it. There are loads of benefits to this approach but the main one is that you can take control over how you think and feel without the need for loads of therapy sessions.

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How to make the most out of online therapy

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on so many different countries in the world.

At the time of writing, the UK is about to enter another three weeks of isolation during which all but essential businesses are shut down including mental health services like hypnotherapy and counseling.

What is online hypnotherapy like?

When it is done well, online therapy is the same as face to face therapy. I am very thankful that I have been running online sessions for many years now as some of my clients live too far away or can't travel for some reason. Therapists who are comfortable using online platforms are able to be exactly the same as they would be in person.

With my clients, I structure sessions in the same way.

We have a good chat through all the challenges you are facing, map out your anxiety cycle and make a plan for how we are going to work on the issues you have brought up. We can still do hypnosis work over the video call and all exercises and mp3s are emailed over...

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PODCAST - Exercises to help with anxiety, stress and overwhelm

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This week I am bringing to you a series of exercises that will help you if you are feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed by the current situation or in general.

These exercises are a mixture of NHS recommended breathing, mindfulness and self hypnosis for you to have a go at at home.

The key thing about exercises like this is that you find a way to make them work for you, so give them a go and see what works best for you!

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PODCAST - How Competence helps build Confidence

Welcome to this weeks bumper episode!!!

I have yet another guest joining me this week to talk about how being more competent at something can significantly improve your confidence.

In this episode we hear from Inter 1 dressage rider and trainer, Amy Blount who has loads (literally loads) of great suggestions and tips to help you go from dreading "stressage" to confidently performing under pressure.

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This episode has loads of great tips even for non-riders as we discuss anxiety and how it affects our confidence and our ability to perform.

Find out:

  • The benefits of having a plan
  • Why adaptability is so important
  • The importance of visualising goals
  • Why even set goals and how they prepare you for success
  • The benefits of practicing under pressure
  • Useful tactics for performing under pressure
  • The importance of mental strength in dressage

And so much more!!

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Why your "locus of control" is so important for mental health

Locus of control and wellbeing

 

This blog has been inspired by a research paper I was looking at for my MSc Psychology that I am currently studying through the University of Derby. The paper itself was about something slightly different but I found myself interested in the concept of the locus of control and then excited when I realised its significance to anxiety and wellbeing.

 

What is a “locus of control”?

 

The locus of control is basically how much you think you have control over your environment, successes and failures.

A person with an internal locus of control is more likely to attribute their success to their own hard work.  These people will be more motivated because they believe that they can succeed by working hard and putting the effort in.

A person with an external locus of control tend to believe that they are less in control of their lives and that things happen through chance or luck. When things don’t go well they attribute...

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PODCAST - Locus of control and it’s impact on anxiety, depression and wellbeing

This episode has been inspired by a research paper I was looking at for my MSc Psychology that I am currently studying through the University of Derby.

The paper itself was about something slightly different but I found myself interested in the concept of the locus of control and then excited when I realised its significance to anxiety and wellbeing.

In this episode I talk about what the locus of control is, how you can work out where yours is and crucially the effect it has on anxiety, depression and wellbeing.

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References for the studies mentioned:

 

Spector, P. E., Cooper, C. L., Sanchez, J. I., O’Driscoll, M., Sparks, K., Bernin, P., Bossing, A., Dewe, P., Hart, P., Lu, L., Miller, K., De Moraes, L. R., Ostrognay, G. M., Pagon, M., Pitariu, H. D., Poelmans, S. A. Y., Radhakrishnan, P., Russinova, V., Salamatov, V., & Salgado, J. F. (2002). LOCUS OF CONTROL AND WELL-BEING AT WORK: HOW GENERALIZABLE ARE...

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PODCAST - How anxiety can make it difficult to lose weight

This week I am bringing you something a little bit different as I have invited a special guest to this episode!

I have invited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, Annalise Kirk to talk to us about how anxiety and difficulties losing weight can be linked.

In this episode we cover why anxiety can cause us to crave foods that are bad for us, emotional eating and crucially some tips that you can do at home to take back control.

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Annalise has created a unique online weight loss course with her partner, who is an experienced personal trainer, which combines hypnotherapy, coaching, exercise and meal plans. This course is ideal for complete beginners and can be done from the comfort of your own home!!

Annalise has very kindly offered a limited number of places at a very significant discount for listeners of this podcast so head to the link below and secure your spot before they all go:

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Discover which common negative thinking patterns you have.

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.