Under even normal circumstances, daily life can be filled with overwhelming stimuli and unending decision-making. With many unknowns facing us, it is time to check our stress levels out. Stress can be a positive motivating force; however, when stress is continuous and not a 'good' kind of stress, it can turn into anxiety. The sympathetic nervous system kicks in with a fight/flight reaction when we are presented with a real state of alarm. Work related emails can put an employee, supervisor, or CEO into a fight/flight state throughout the day. Our breathing changing in reaction to a perceived threat. This creates a habit that can lead to chronic breathing dysfunction that leads to anxiety and potentially anxiety attacks.
Many American suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, or hyperventilation syndrome. If you are one of the unfortunate people to have experienced these state, know that you can be helped. If a medical doctor has ruled out any potential physical reasons for this extreme state of anxiety, we can work together to get rid of these for good. Anxiety attacks can be dealt with through the Buteyko Method of breathing, The Oxygen Advantage, and yoga breathing patterns. James Nestor, author of Breath, states that research is leading to the conclusion that anxiety is caused more by a physical state than a mental state. Stress, of course, comes with the territory of living a full life. However, disabilitating anxiety can be controlled with breathing exercises. Knowledge alone will not create the new habit of breathing. This is an area of behavior modification. In creating this new habit, I send clients 2 daily text messages as a reminder to nasal breath. Athletes are great candidates in creating new habits because they are the segment of the popultion that have learned that without practice most people are unable to attain their goals.
Anxiety attacks hit people in all walks of life. Some of the happiest people can succumb to this paralyzing syndrome. Ensuring the uptake of oxygen into your blood stream and then to to your brain, muscles, and organs, through breath work is part of the fix. Whether you are dealing with acute anxiety or with anticipatory anxiety, know that there is a way to live more joyfully. Reclaim your life.
Hypnotherapy has been a proven treatment in getting the mind/body under control. Hypnosis is defined as the overwhelm of the conscious mind thus leaving the subject in a highly suggestible state to both good and bad. Most people who seek treatment are already in a state of overwhelm and need to regain their balance. A qualified hypnotherapist puts the client into a deeper state of hypnosis (overwhelm) and feeds the client suggestions that line up with the goals that they discuss. The result is that the client feels physically relaxed, emotionally calm, and in control of their lives. This along with re-education in breathing is transformative to someone going through high stress, anxiety or hyperventilation syndrome.