Anxiety is a feeling of unease, it can bring about feelings of fear and worry, of which can be experienced in varying degrees. Anxiety is a coping mechanism that kicks in when our subconscious brain feels there’s a threat or something is affecting our wellbeing.
It is a primitive response designed for our safety, if there’s a lion in the room isn’t it wise to be ready to run? The problem with anxiety is it can kick in with non life threatening events too, such as when sitting an exam, or doing a speech!
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, you may feel anxious and worried going to the dentist or taking your driving test, having a job interview or hospital appointment. Maybe you feel these feelings constantly and nothing appears to be the reason why!
A certain level of anxiety can be helpful, it keeps us sharp and can enhance our performance, but when this level is exceeded it can be damaging to our mental and physical health.
It is important to note that all anxiety is created by negative thought and it starts to fill a metaphorical ‘stress’ bucket in our brains. When the level of anxiety reaches past a certain level, the REM sleep responsible to empty this bucket runs out of time to complete the process, so we find ourselves waking during the night, unable to get back to sleep. At this point, we are more likely to start refilling the stress bucket and we find ourselves in a vicious cycle. The more anxiety that builds, the more we start to live in the primitive side of our brain, as being constantly filled with anxiety because the perception is there’s danger around means you’re ready to run from that lion right?
Absolutely! But where’s the lion? It comes in the form of everyday occurrences and we need to learn to work with our primitive ‘survival’ part of our brain. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way to lower anxiety levels, focusing on more positive parts of our lives and sleeping issues become a problem of the past.