Hypnotherapy and practices to support anxiety

Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy for anxiety can be very effective. If you’re not sure if hypnotherapy is for you, there are lots of free videos on YouTube. Or get in touch with me and I can talk to you about it. Anxiety is on the rise, affecting adults, teens, and children. I wonder if it has something to do with modern life. Do you experience anxiety sometimes? Or often? Feeling tense, racing heart, overwhelmed? Do you make time for relaxation? What about time for sleep? Exercise? Eating? Cleaning the house? But relaxation? Seems like an indulgence or pointless? But are you stressed or anxious? Then you need to make time. Here are some practices that have been evidenced as helpful in reducing anxiety and improving mental well-being:

Breath work. When you exhale you activate the parasympathetic nervous system which helps us return to a ‘rest and digest’ state from ‘fight, flight or freeze’. Try rectangular breathing. Look at a rectangular object and follow the edges with your eyes inhaling on the short sides and exhaling on the longer sides. Or count in for 5, out for 7.

Get out into nature. Even just looking at ‘green’ spaces can lower feelings of stress. Not easy with work/school and rubbish weather but try to get outside when you can. Even if it’s for a quick walk at lunch.

Limit screen time. Scrolling through social media can bring about negative feelings and increase anxiety. It’s also a massive time killer and we can accidentally lose half at hour of our lives just on a pointless scroll. Set a timer to catch up on socials then if you want to relax, pick up a book or call a friend instead.

Prioritise sleep. Lack of sleep can drive anxiety and anxiety can affect sleep. Do what you can to support sleep issues starting with prioritising it. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier and enjoy reading, and listening to a podcast or music. Just no watching TV or being on your phone. Blue light from screens affects sleep.

Gratitude and journaling. Writing a journal of your thoughts and feelings can offload worries and relieve feelings of tension. Practising gratitude can increase health and general well-being. You can practice gratitude by writing down all the things you’re grateful for including the simplest of pleasures.

If you would like to support your anxiety or stress, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy with a registered hypnotherapist can help. I am a GHR-registered hypnotherapist in Cheltenham and I provide hypnotherapy in a clinic in Leckhampton, Cheltenham, and online on Zoom. If you would like to find out how hypnotherapy can support anxiety, worry, stress, confidence, and more, please book a free 20-minute call with me on 07714340345  and we can have a chat. Please leave me a voice message and I will call you back or you can email me on kate@katedimmer.com to arrange a chat that way. Go to my contact page. You can also visit my hypnotherapy page for more.