Anxiety and Stress Management
Anxiety and stress is something we are all familiar with.
It may be stress or anxiety surrounding a particular event or occasion such as an interview, public
speaking or an exam or it may manifest its self as an underlying anxiety with every day living.
Guildford Hypnotherapy can help to pinpoint the cause of the anxious behaviour as well as building coping mechanisms to improve day to day life and replace anxiety and stress with well being and confidence.
It is often said that deep breathing can help alleviate stress and anxiety, which it can. I thought it would be useful to know exactly how deep breathing achieves this. Just as the body has the Sympathetic Nervous System which gives us our “fight or flight” response – rushing our bodies with adrenalin, the Parasympathetic Nervous System alleviates stress. Deep breathing activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System, a breathing technique that incorporates an extended out breath decreases blood pressure and slows the heart rate, physically relaxing the body. Practising a deep breathing technique on a daily basis can help lower everyday stress and anxiety.
7/11 Breathing – as the name suggests the idea is to breathe in for the count of 7 and breathe out for the count of 11. The aim is to breathe in deeply, pushing the stomach out as with each breath in, rather than normal shallower lung breathing and then breathing out slowly. Practising this exercise for 5 – 10 minutes each day can help to naturally calm and relax both mind and body. It can be done anywhere, whilst resting in bed, on the train or the bus or even at your desk – why not give it a try...
If you would like to learn more techniques that could help alleviate stress and anxiety please contact me.