Some facts about anxiety
If you suffer from anxiety you are not alone. In fact currently as many as one in four people in the UK suffer from anxiety and it’s on the rise.
People around you who don’t suffer from anxiety often struggle to understand what you’re going through, if they are even aware that you suffer at all. You might be one of the many sufferers who are generally very good at hiding it, putting on a brave face and pretending that everything is just fine.
You may well think that there’s something wrong with you or it’s your fault, so today I wanted to try and help you understand that your anxiety really isn’t your fault. It can strike anyone, at any age. I’ve helped people from all walks of life, aged from 15 to 70, these have been some of the nicest people I have ever met, but have found themselves lost in a spiral of negative thoughts and constant worry.
Some people know what originally triggered their anxiety but many don’t, all they know is they had had it for as long as they can remember. However, their subconscious mind, which is responsible for creating the anxiety does know, and that’s why I am able to help so many people using hypnotherapy, which is really about talking directly to the subconscious mind.
The next thing that’s really important is that anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact we all have a level of anxiety – who doesn’t feel anxious when they have to go for a job interview or do something they’ve never done before?
However, the anxiety should fade quite quickly as you become more comfortable in the situation, for instance when the job interview has started, but if you find that the anxiety doesn’t fade away, or there are negative thoughts and worries (what if this happens, or that happens) constantly running through your mind, then you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
But here’s the thing, although it might feel like it’s never going to go away, anxiety disorder does not have to be permanent. You weren’t born with an anxiety disorder, it’s not part of you, and with the right help the anxiety disorder can be removed, permanently.
There are many types of help available for anxiety disorder: there are therapies such as hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy, there are helplines and organisations such as Mind, your GP can prescribe medication and there are self-help groups and self-help books.
The last thing I wanted to say is really aimed at those of you that don’t suffer from an anxiety disorder, but know someone who does. Please, if someone you know suffers from anxiety and you want to help, the best thing you can do is just listen. Don’t interrupt with your own ideas of how to deal with it, don’t tell them to ‘snap out of it’, don’t be judgmental, just listen and be supportive. You’d be amazed at the difference just having someone to talk to can make to someone.
Well that’s all from me today, I hope you found this useful. If you’d like to read more about how I can help you with anxiety you can click here, or if there’s anything you want to ask or if you want to book a free phone consultation, please click here to go to my contact page here and give me a call or send me a message.
Take care Mark