Covid-19 - The anxiety pandemic
“Unprecedented” “Covid-19” and “Coronavirus” some of the most spoken words in the last 12 months, furlough a term many of us had never even heard of and now our topic of conversation revolves around vaccination and the new strain.
It almost seems novel now to hear people talk once more about the great British weather as we start to unchain ourselves from the restrictions and impact of the pandemic.
Not only are we still in a pandemic but we are starting to see the huge impact it has had on people of all ages as we return to our daily lives and try to navigate a way out of this life changing period of time. Young and old, even new born babies yet unaware of the impact, no one has been left unaffected.
For some people the pandemic has offered a chance for reflection, evaluation and new ways of thinking, working and living.
For many people though, everyday situations suddenly feel challenging; going to the shops, getting on public transport, going to a birthday party, a meal in a restaurant, going on a date.
Lock down has prevented us from seeing family and friends and generally socialising, at home, at work and at leisure. For our children they have missed out on school, social interactions and development and many people have been forced into isolation, living alone even for those who have a large circle of friends, has never felt so lonely.
The things we have always worried about, work, family, the future have become exacerbated as the uncertainty of the situation has been played out daily in our newspapers and on television, and while it is wise to be aware and informed, this overwhelming amount of daily news and often negativity has had a severe impact on our mental health. For some it has become an obsession, watching the death rates on the internet, tuning in to the news morning and night, trawling through news on the internet, real, fake, and endlessly caught up in Covid.
We have lived in a world where we have not been able to see peoples faces in person, see a smile or a reaction. We show so much emotion in our expressions and body language, and the way we share our energy to communicate, much of which has been lost on zoom calls.
Many people are feeling increased levels of worry, stress and anxiety, caused by living in and through this pandemic, restrictions, lock downs, the fear, the financial pressure, the uncertainty and the complete change in all of our lives on a world wide scale.
Hypnosis offers a chance to be able to address some of these issues, in a safe and natural way. As a trained and accredited hypnotherapist I can guide you into a deep relaxed state, where your subconscious mind becomes open to positive and supportive suggestions, while your conscious mind which is critical, analytical and judgmental is quiet, using your subconscious mind in this way is a great way to overcome anxiety, stress and tension allowing you to feel calmer and better able to cope.
Stress is a very natural state and in some circumstances extremely beneficial, however prolonged periods of stress and anxiety can have a detrimental affect on our physical as well as mental health. For more information on this see blog post – Stop. Breathe. Address your stress
People feel anxiety differently. For many people it is a feeling that can be physically described as a lump, tightness, sinking feeling or black hole in the chest. In addition to this there may be a racing heart beat, sweaty palms, headaches and feeling dizzy or nauseous.
Some or all of these physical symptoms may be in addition to feeling unusually tearful, not sleeping, loss of appetite, feeling tense, catastrophism, uncontrollable nervous energy and a constantly busy mind, feeling like life is just not how it used to be or that somehow you just can’t enjoy it the same, have lost your zest for life.
Hypnotherapy is a great way to alleviate and sometimes eradicate anxiety, other things also help such as spending time with friends, getting some regular exercise, eating healthy and nutritious meals, using mindfulness, breathing techniques, yoga, journaling and meditation.
You can’t change a situation – but you can always change the way you think about it…
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
Look for positives, for the things that you can be grateful for, there is always something. Try to avoid too much alcohol, drugs or nicotine as these may initially help to mask feelings but ultimately the anxiety will still be there once the intoxicant has worn off.
Anxiety is fear, fear of things that haven’t actually happened yet, it is a subconscious response and in hypnosis we can really get to the core reason for the feelings, and can then change the thoughts, emotions and physical reactions associated with them in a positive and relaxed way.
The subconscious mind holds all of our experiences and memories and sometimes these can be like a faulty programme, they need accessing and adjusting for a more positive outlook, a reframed version of an event, a greater ability to be able to cope.
Hypnotherapy can do this very effectively. In hypnosis you can change your thought patterns. Your subconscious mind can accept that it is possible to look at life and situations in a more positive way. Letting go of some of the constant worry and negative thoughts.
Each time we think a negative thought we deepen the neural pathway embedding that negative thought deeper and deeper into our minds. This is called neuroplasticity. Our brains are malleable and we can change the way that they are wired. If we start to think a positive thought, a new pathway is formed. And if we choose to think the new positive thought enough a new pathway is carved out and the old negative one starts to grow over
This incredible video from Sentis explains the science behind neuroplasticity.
Hypnotherapy can help you to change the way you think, accept more positive thoughts and suggestions, and support you to look at life in a more positive way, and soon enough the old negativity, worry and anxiety will begin to fade.
Hypnotherapy can help to create confidence, calm and self esteem, making you feel stronger and much more positive, and often just 3 or 4 sessions and an accompanying audio will be more than enough to see dramatic change.