The Kingdom of Anxiety: The Meaning & Alternative Solutions

What is Anxiety? 

Anxiety is an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs & symptoms (as sweating, tension & increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.

Symptoms & Signs of Anxiety: 

  • Physical: panic attacks, hot and cold flushes, racing heart, tightening of the chest, quick breathing, restlessness, or feeling tense, wound up and edgy.
  • Psychological: excessive fear, worry, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking.
  • Behavioral: avoidance of situations that make you feel anxious which can impact on study, work or social life.

Alternative Solutions for Anxiety: 

1- Hypnosis for Anxiety: Anxiety Problems Hypnosis Can Address: 

In terms of directly addressing your anxiety, there are three anxiety-related problems that hypnotism is commonly used to address.

  • Physical Tension/Strain: Physical pain and tension (often having roots in emotional tension) can be addressed by hypnotism. Addressing and working to alter the beliefs that you have about the triggers for your anxiety can help reduce the frequency and/or intensity of the physically straining symptoms of anxiety such as a rapid heart rate, rapid breathing and shaking. In addition, it can ease feelings of discomfort and strain by implanting the suggestion that you feel more physically comfortable than you actually do.
  • Emotional Strain/Moodiness: Along with causing physical strain, constant or frequent anxiety can also put you in a strained emotional state. The bodily energy required by the physical symptoms of anxiety, in combination with the persistent feelings of discontentment and worry, can make you feel drained and/or on edge. Hypnotism’s general purpose is to put people in a more positive frame of mind, altering unnecessary negative beliefs and implanting more helpful ones. In addressing this symptom, a hypnotist may focus on implanting the belief that you feel happy, content, and confident in your ability to address and resolve the causes of your anxiety.
  • Sleeping Problems: Many people with anxiety also have difficulty sleeping well. Getting to sleep in an anxious state and sleeping deeply when nightmares and muscle tension are keeping you awake can be nearly impossible. Hypnotists can assist with sleep deprivation by implanting the suggestion that you have gotten plenty of restful sleep recently. Alternatively, or in addition, they can help you to alter your anxious thought patterns so that they do not spiral out of control and keep you awake (as well as causing the panic attacks that can result in muscle tension).
  • Phobic Reactions: Going to a hypnotist for help in conquering a phobia (for example, a fear of social situations or crowded rooms) can be far preferable to regularly taking medication in order to remain calm during everyday activities (if, of course, you find that hypnotism works for you). A hypnotist will attempt to replace your unhealthy or illogical beliefs about the object of your phobia with more logically sound and useful beliefs.

Also see: Self-Hypnosis for Anxiety 

2- Meditation for Anxiety: 

Anxiety doesn’t just make you feel bad, it actually changes the structure and function of your brain. It decreases the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain considered the seat of the memory. Conversely, it increases the size of the amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for the fear response, causing you to become even more anxious and fearful.

Stress, fear, and anxiety trigger the release of stress hormones and cause imbalances in neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that enable brain cells to communicate with each other. However, regular meditation not only can reduce anxiety symptoms but also can actually reverse the changes to your brain caused by anxiety.

The science is in hundreds of studies have looked at the benefits of meditation for calming the mind, but perhaps the most definitive paper to date was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. In the wide-ranging literature review, researchers at Johns Hopkins University scrutinized 47 studies on meditation programs that involved at least four hours of training. “We found consistent evidence that mindfulness meditation reduced the symptoms of anxiety to some degree across studies,” says Madhav Goyal, MD, lead author and assistant professor of medicine. “When you’re anxious, your mind can get carried away with worrying about things that might happen, and that actually makes you feel worse and can cause other symptoms, like insomnia. Meditation teaches people certain skills that can help counteract that tendency, like staying 
in the moment, recognizing worried thoughts when they’re happening, and preventing them from getting worse.”

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