Do you ever experience panic attacks? Then read on for some tips on how to manage them and on how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help.
Panic attacks can be terrifying to say the least. Having experienced them in the past I know that at their worst they will make you feel as though you are about to drop down dead from a heart attack!
I realise now that it is highly unlikely that an individual will experience a panic attack without a build up of anxiety and stress first. It is the continual build up of stress and anxiety that escalates into that final eruption of panic. This anxiety may build up over time or there may be a situation coming up that you associate with panic, fear and uncertainty.
In many cases the actual trigger of the panic attack may be completely unknown. This is because during your last panic attack your brain had desperately been searching for the cause of perceived danger and threat. In reality the stress and anxiety levels would have been increasing steadily throughout your day to the point where your cork pops and panic takes over, however your brain needs to find a cause for this reaction. If whilst at a busy supermarket, for example, your eyes fall upon a tin of beans whilst you are mid panic attack your brain may well create an unconscious pattern match that links a tin of beans to danger. The next time you have had a stressful day and the cork pops, this final eruption may be triggered unconsciously when you happen upon a tin of beans. However this time your eyes may come across a fluorescent strip light amidst the panic attack that follows and so a new pattern match of fear is stored in the brain. These pattern matches are unknown to us and are stored in our unconscious and primitive part of the brain. With this in mind an individual who experiences panic attacks can start to find life extremely hard to navigate and may become more and more avoidant of the world outside.
So how can Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Help?
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works by reducing the level of anxiety and stress you are likely to be experiencing. It helps the individual to understand their brain and how the vicious circle of anxiety and negative thinking is created. With this understanding the client can then learn how to move out of this and into a more positive, calm and rational head space. It really is that simple!
If you can reduce your anxiety and negative thinking significantly then your brain will not get to the point where it needs to go into panic attack mode.
Some clients experiencing panic attacks associated with a specific phobia, again Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help. With a specific set of techniques, the client is able to client to re-write the pattern match in their unconscious brain that associates the specific object or situation with danger. Within these sessions the client will also experience a significant reduction in their general anxiety levels. Again reducing your brains need to fall into a full blown panic attack.
Within the sessions techniques will also be practiced with the client to help them develop a robust
counter-attack tool kit!
What can help with a panic attack?
Are the thought of exams, coursework, or dissertation deadlines causing you anxiety, stress and panic?
Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to see a clear way forwards?
Help is at hand with a visit to Emily King at 'Living a Life Inspired Hypnotherapy'
Education is getting tougher, expectations to succeed is increasing, and all the while more and more young people are finding themselves stressed, anxious and sleep deprived in the lead up to exams, final submission dates and dissertation deadlines.
A little bit of stress and anxiety is a positive thing, it helps motivate us and prepare us for action. However too much off it can tip us into the arena of panic, negative thinking , poor sleep, anger, anxiety and a feeling of being overwhelmed and unable to cope.
Young People & Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
Quite often this feeling of being overwhelmed will lead us to retreat, deny and put off any action as it all feels “too much right now”. Most people can relate to the last minute sprint to get a task done. That is not to say that taking no action for a while makes the problem go away as your brain is still aware that it needs to be done. In fact the rational part of the brain will identify that it is better to start now and do a bit at a time, however when anxious and stressed the more rational part of the brain is often set aside as the more primitive and panic based part of the brain takes charge.
Solution focused Hypnotherapy is an extremely simple and straightforward therapy that helps the client gain a greater understanding of their brain and how it works against them when it comes to feelings of anxiety, stress and overwhelm. The good news is that it also helps the client come to the realisation that it is possible to take back control as they start to access the part of the brain that is I more positive, rational and in control. The perfect mindset to have when preparing and sitting for exams or for making sure you make steady progress on an essay or dissertation that achieves the result that you are worthy off.
Contact Emily King at ‘Living a Life Inspired Hypnotherapy’ To learn more!
Following many years of working as a Mental Health Nurse it has become clear that mental health difficulties are on the increase, specifically for the younger people of this world. Anxiety, anger and depression are now hitting the younger generation hard. Many of these younger people struggle to feel in control of their lives as they believe that the power to change lies outside of themselves. It is their outside environment that is responsible for the life that they are now experiencing.
This idea is known as Locus of Control. An individual that feels the their outer world is responsible for how they experience life is said to have and “external locus of control” whereas an individual who has a sense that they hold responsibility over their own life is said to have an “internal locus of control”
The world for a younger person has perhaps gone a little crazy, family life has shifted, the pressure to succeed in education and in careers has increased and with the world becoming smaller we hear more and more about the dangers and threats that exist within it. To a young pair of eyes, and often to the oldest pair of eyes, life can sometimes feel unfair, bewildering, scary and pretty much impossible.
Many young people today have lost a sense of self control and self belief as they find themselves holding the false perception that many of their life experiences, achievements and difficulties have been created by influences outside of themselves. Whether that is their parents, peers, teachers or perhaps a past trauma that they have experienced. It may simply be down to how they believe the world to be. This will often lead to increased anxiety, anger and depression as their brain gets stuck in a loop of negative thinking and panic. Even when they achieve positive results they will still believe that the outside world, or even luck, is responsible!
If a young person can regain a sense of personal control and accountability they will naturally feel more authentic, confident, able and excited about life and the possibilities that DO lie within it. They will literally start to create their life from the more positive, rational and goal orientated part of their brain.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help shift a person’s focus and life experience as they gain an understanding that they are indeed in control of themselves and how they experience life. This can be a real game changer when it comes to the life they go on to lead.