Feeling stressed, anxious or depressed?
What this hypnotherapist recommends to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Many of us experience stress, anxiety, feel depressed. For some it’s sometimes, for some it’s often and for some it’s constant.
You may have tried some or all of these suggestions at one time or another and feel they didn’t work. They come from my experience and from others I have discussed difficult situations with. They may work now if you try again. For example I know many people who didn’t get on with meditation classes who after a while went back and it clicked into place. They now practise regularly and gain a lot from it.
So, top tips to reduce or eliminate destructive traits?
My first recommendation to reduce these destructive emotions and behaviours would be to make an appointment for hypnotherapy with me!
Hypnotherapy is proven to help with all of the above. The process harmonises and gently rebalances the mind and body and furthermore reduces episodes of destructive emotions and feelings.
Hypnotherapy often comes way down the list of therapies considered by people facing and wanting to attend to their demons, yet change can be very quick and the positive effects long term. This is why I’m a huge fan of hypnotherapy and life coaching and enjoy what I do so much.
So what would be my top tips to alter negative thoughts, reduce levels of anxiety and panic situations?
I’ve compiled a list of actions that I know work. Consider them for you with an open mind. Some of them may seem too simple or clichéd but there’s a reason for that. They are simple and have been used by many to great effect. What better testimony can here be? I’ll be writing more about destructive emotions in future blogs, but for now….
Let’s do this….
• First off, breathe. Do you catch yourself holding your breath when scared? Even slightly fearful? Take notice of this and let it out.
I know it can be hard to relax on demand, so find a breathing technique you like and practise using it so it becomes your default position at times of panic.
Many breathing methods can be quite discreet and can be practised anywhere. You can find some online. You’ll find many of my hypnotherapy sessions involve mindful breathing.
• Be kind to yourself. It’s too often the case that we give ourselves a hard time. It certainly doesn’t have be a grand gesture or cost loads of money. Buy yourself some flowers, candles, read a good book. Take some regular exercise. Exercise is proven to help mental and physical wellbeing by building physical and emotional strength. Take a look at this article by McFly’s Harry Judd. It’s a good read.
• Be kind to somebody else. Do something for somebody that will brighten their day. It takes you out of your own muddled headspace and makes them and you feel rather good. Treat people how they would like to be treated, not how you would want to be treated. It might not be the same thing. Ask them.
• Do something different. Go into a shop you wouldn’t normally go into (you don’t have to stay), eat something you’ve never tried before (you don’t ever have to eat it again). Listen to a different radio station (you can always change back). Stepping out of your usual routine presents you with a sense of newness. You may stumble on something you really rather like. What else could you do?
• Get a hobby but don’t get obsessed. If you can’t occasionally make other plans on your fitness nights, or Tuesday is always quiz night whatever you’re obsessed or stuck in a rut.
• Get up half an hour earlier than you would do usually. This works really well for those caring for other people or who have dependent children and for whom it feels they never get any down time to organise and live their own lives. Just being able to sit and have a cuppa or meditate or listen to music for a while without being disturbed will be a real treat. What else could you do for yourself in that half hour?
• Don’t compare yourself or your situation with others. Compare you with you. Be aware of changes. Above all, be honest. Commit to improve by doing it differently if things haven’t gone that well and congratulate yourself on improvements. What could you do differently next time? At the end of each day write down what went well, big or small. Is there something you can feel grateful for? You can refer back to your notes at a later date to remind yourself of your progress.
• Share your demons and your successes with people you feel safe with. Learn who those people are. It is good and healthy to share. We all learn from other people’s experiences, and you don’t always have to go into detail. Just sharing how you feel gets it out there. If you feel unable to do that face to face, try online support groups. Connecting with likeminded people can really help ease troubles.
Whatever way you chose to open up about your worries and your successes you may well find you’re helping others as much as they are helping you. That’s a really nice thing to do.
What now? Maybe you feel more motivated to put some work into reducing your stress and anxiety levels or into climbing out of the doldrums. If so, I’m very pleased.
If you’re thinking along the lines of “it’s really not that simple”, pick just one tip that appeals to you and give it a go. The brain is complicated but really does react very well to simple suggestions and these are all methods to help change the way you feel.
Maybe you’re reading this and are in a situation where you feel you haven’t smiled let alone laughed for some time. I do know and understand how that feels. I also know you can turn it around. It starts with you. When you’re ready to change. Maybe you’re ready now. I’m here when you are.