Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and to situations that may damage us or those we love. At the moment, we are living in a situation that none of us have ever faced before. The rapid progress of coronavirus through Europe and the recent demands that we isolate ourselves makes of course for a very strange and stressful situation. Those who live alone may feel a degree of loneliness never experienced before. We are worrying about our own health and the health of their loved ones. Many of us are very anxious about work, our finances, our children’s education and other important parts of our lives. Those who already struggle with anxiety will feel this worsening and for many this will be a whole new experience that we have never had to deal with before.
While anxiety is a normal and expected reaction to the pandemic, too much anxiety can be harmful, for yourself and for those around you. I have successfully treated many and varied men, women and children suffering from anxiety for more than a decade now, and am ready to help you through this.
What does anxiety feel like?
When we start to feel anxious we have a very physical response. Our heart rate increases, we feel shaky, unable to focus and even short of breath. As the day progresses, we are likely to feel overwhelmingly tired and suffer from poor concentration. Your mind may feel that is racing with negative thoughts that repeat and repeat on a loop of doom
These are signals that you need to re-set and take some time for self-care.
Do not be embarrassed that you feel this way. It’s a part of our ancient ‘fight or flight’ response, which in some people is naturally more pronounced than others. It’s natural, not self-inflicted, or selfish, or silly.
It’s important to be kind to yourself. This is an anxious and stressful time for everyone; it’s okay if you feel more anxious than usual, and it’s okay to take time for yourself to manage your mental health.
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for anxiety. I have trained in a wide range of treatment forms that I mix and blend to create a bespoke approach for each of my patients. I do not wave a magic wand, but what I can do is teach you techniques and strategies to help you dial down those feelings of anxiety and start to feel more accepting of the situation we are living with. I will teach you how to have much more control over those destructive negative thoughts . I have had considerable success with Brainworking Recursive Therapy, a treatment that works while you remain in an awake state – no hypnosis required. Add to this techniques drawn from NLP, Thought Field Therapy (or ‘tapping’) and other effective techniques and we CAN create a more positive sense of self for you.
Remote therapy sessions
During this period of social isolation, or ‘cocooning’ as I prefer, we would all call it, face-to-face sessions may not appeal. Instead, I work with my patients via Zoom, a very safe, end-to-end encrypted video-conferencing tool used by many major businesses for global meetings. This allows for a very powerful, interactive session where you can remain in the safe haven of your own home, while together we can take away those overwhelming feelings and sensations and replace them with calm acceptance, and the strength to carry on.