Does the heart beat a little too fast? Horrible feeling in your belly? Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress.
It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come, whether it’s a first date, a bad situation at work, or opening a difficult chat with a loved one. Yet it can creep into life when we feel we have no particular reason to do so, and it can become overwhelming.
According to the National Health Service, 1.69 million people were referred for treatment in England between 2018 and 19, and celebrities are not immune.
Stacey Solomon is among a flurry of famous people talking about their anxiety, including her “out of control” fear of dying.
It can take weeks of therapy to train our brains to fight anxiety, but what if there was a quicker and easier way to combat our daily problems?
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“Everyone has the same problems, but some are better at overcoming them,” reveals Hazel Gale, resident hypnotherapist at the Clementine app.
“To make meaningful changes in our lives, we need to speak the language of our mind.
“Over time, and with a little practice, you will become a master of small tools and learn to reformulate your brain. Before you know it, life really starts to seem more manageable. “
And it won’t take as long as you think. Here, Hazel shares her quick fixes to avoid negative thoughts and feel happier faster.
Trick 1: get excited
Paralyzing anxiety can take the joy out of everyday life, be it travel, work, or even parties. Hazel has a surprising solution.
He says, “Did you know that anxiety and excitement are on the same biological level? Both of them cause blood to rush to our fingers and our minds start racing.
“To go from anxiety to arousal, just say to yourself ‘excited’ – the effect is magical. Instead of being afraid, our minds are looking for things to be excited about.
“If we pay attention to these things, something that once seemed like a threat may seem like an opportunity.
“Anxiety to go back to the office after the pandemic? Find a “micro joy”. How about grabbing a coffee from the barista you missed or poking your lips for the first time in a year?
“These may seem like tiny and insignificant things, but I promise you they will change your mindset.”
Trick 2: learn to build habits
When we feel anxious, it is because we feel out of control. Instead of focusing on the things we cannot control, usually the source of the stress, we should react.
Hazel says, “We all have routines and controlling them will eliminate anxiety. But there is no need to live like a Buddhist monk: a grueling abstinence followed by a shameful fall from grace? I do not believe.
“Try ‘habit stacking’: modify your routine moments to increase your confidence or keep you calm. Whether it’s on the commute, a coffee break or a bathroom break, these are the ideal times to repeat personal mantras, try a breathing exercise, and change your body language.
“Over time, you become a master of these small tools: you will learn to control your breathing and reframe negative thoughts on the fly.”
Trick 3: take another perspective
Apparently we all have impostor syndrome – feelings of insecurity and incompetence despite your success – but if you see yourself from someone else’s point of view, you’ll see how brilliant you are.
Hazel says, “The only way to avoid impostor syndrome is to be a bona fide psychopath, not a preferable alternative! It’s so easy to get stuck in your story like a broken record, but if you get out of yourself you will see the your skills and strengths in a whole new light. Make it a habit: it will transform your image of yourself for the better. “
“For the first time I was able to relax”
Former world champion kickboxer and hypnotherapist Hazel reveals how hypnotherapy helped reduce her anxiety: “I was working towards a world title as a kickboxer in 2009 when I had my first hypnotherapy session to deal with stress and stress. anxiety – and it drove me crazy.
“In a hypnotherapy session, a therapist uses words to guide you into a deep state of concentration. It’s not a magic trick, it’s just how the brain works. It is not even awareness. It is about taking a perspective and seeing your life in a new and positive light.
“They will help you think through metaphors, visualizations and curious questions to get a slightly different and hopefully calmer overview. Hypnosis teaches you to relax, one of the most important skills we can ever learn.
“In that initial session, I felt like I blinked and recovered, but when I opened my eyes 45 minutes later, the whole world looked different. For the first time I could relax.
“Hypnosis has helped me overcome illness, injury and stress. I was so impressed that I retired as an athlete and trained as a hypnotherapist. “