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Quick Anxiety Relief

person taking a deep breath and looking at the skyAnxiety can appear extremely quickly while, at other times, it can creep up on you. Either way, it’s unpleasant and impacts negatively on your life. Anxiety erodes confidence and happiness.

Hypnosis can help immensely by lessening anxiety and sometimes removing it entirely. In the short term, however, there are breathing techniques that you can use to alleviate your anxiety.

Neurologists can demonstrate with their sophisticated medical equipment that, when you breathe out for longer than you breathe in, your brain waves slow down, your breathing slows and your blood pressure drops or, in other words, you relax. Meditators and hypnotists have known this for thousands of years. No-one I know is quite that old, however, I was trained by a hypnotist who was trained by a hypnotist who was trained by another hypnotist and so it goes on.

Counting while you inhale and exhale is the basis for these techniques. I often use these techniques as part of inductions for hypnosis sessions and teach them to clients. The first and easiest follows this pattern. It’s called “In for four, out for seven”. While inhaling, count silently “in, two, three, four”, “hold”, then while exhaling “out, two, three, four, five, six, seven”. On “hold”, hold your breath for a moment.

Repeating this pattern three times will calm you. If you practice the pattern in a quiet spot or in bed, you’ll become quite skilled at it and can then even use it as you walk. It will help you drop off to sleep if you do it repeatedly in bed.

The second pattern is called the “four, seven, eight” technique. On the inhale, count “in, two, three, four”, while holding your breath count “hold, two, three, four, five, six, seven” and, on the exhale, count “out, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight”. Again, repetition is the key to success. When I explained the process to one particular client, he reckoned that the repetition would bore him to sleep. Who cares, as long as it works.

Anxiety can be debilitating and, as I stated earlier, can be brought back to an acceptable level by using hypnosis. Often, it’s associated with worry and stress and as everybody is unique, treatment must be individualised.

If you wish to discuss your anxiety and treatment options, contact us today.

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