Most of us are aware of anxiety attacks and understand they can be life debilitating. Sensations of panic will come out of the blue and paralyze the body, scramble the mind, even stifle the lungs or throat. I know exactly what it feels like to hold up an entire air ambulance because even though I was drugged to the hilt with pain and anxiety medication (I was suffering a burst tubal pregnancy) I could not get inside that little aircraft due to a panic attack. The medics finally had to knock me out with a strong sleeping drug and even still I was awake and panicking inside – I just couldn’t move my body for the drugs. I held up another airplane a few years later in Cozumel, Mexico due to panic. It’s embarrassing and keeps many good people stuck in their homes like prisoners if the solution is not found.
What causes this? There could be a number of reasons for panic or anxiety attacks, including a ‘unconscious knowing’ of something a person is unwilling to bring up to the conscious. Other sensitive souls pick up the energy (moods) of others and feel those moods like it is their own, causing unconscious confusion leading to anxiety. There are a few shaky ones who are intuitively psychic and just don’t know it. But the most common cause of panic is the imagination. Our imaginations get us into trouble because as a species we tend to believe external mental conditioning and take on false belief systems that work against the person’s true journey. As a species we lie to ourselves, make up stuff that can be just the craziest idea but accepted as truth, and literally make the mind and body feel sick simply because the imagination is feeding false information to the unconscious. Our unconscious mind knows and remembers everything – but it does not know the difference between fantasy and reality thoughts – and will accept anything you tell it and respond accordingly. Intuitively. Unconsciously our bodies are going to react to what the critical conscious mind is telling it. Anxiety that occurs the first time can lead to a lifetime of difficulties if not dealt with early.
It is Not Hopeless! Try this one technique at home –
If you suffer with a specific anxiety attack (public speaking, airplanes, driving) before you venture outside take a moment to close your eyes and visualize with your mind’s eye doing all you want to do and get done. Creatively sense yourself being calm, confident, and in control as you amaze your audience with your speech, or fly in that airplane, or drive over that bridge. Use your senses (auditory, visual, feeling, tasting, and smelling) in your imagination pretend vision. In other words, using only your imagination map out your feared event as if you are already doing it successfully!
This easy exercise only takes a few moments and is amazing in its treatment for many types of anxiety. The mind needs to be fit – to be harnessed, happy, healthy. Hypnosis works with the mind by using the right hemisphere where emotions, ideas, and creative imagination are held. Just practicing this deliberate visualization can improve all areas of your life. In our culture the right brain has been neglected. We are trained from grade one to focus on left brain logic, memory, order. If we do not work with the other part of ourselves we can become unaware of why are bodies and minds are ‘off balance.’ We are all guilty of using our imaginations to scare ourselves senseless – it is the culprit that gets the body into trouble, and the imagination is what will restore the sensory balance for physical and mental relief.
Some people who suddenly feel anxious due to an accident or event can have their problem cured in one session. Others have more work to do but a full recovery is expected. Hypnotherapy is an empowerment and self-control tool for life. It is fast, it is safe, it is lovely and it works! If you are interested in having help with your anxiety we welcome enquiries.
Cherylann Thomas, BSc.Crim,CH,t is a Clinical Hypnotherapist Registered with the Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association. She works out of West Kelowna, British Columbia passionately working with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and abandonment. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are also amazing mental fitness processes to lose weight, stop smoking, and tackle any habit the beholder wants to be rid of. Please see our website at http://www.mindmiracleshypnotherapy.ca AND like us on Facebook FOR DAILY INSPIRATION! http://www.facebook.com/mindmiracleshypnotherapy . Shares, likes and comments are greatly appreciated! xxoo