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Ways to Get Through Lockdown and Keep Your Sanity

Ways to Get Through Lockdown and Keep Your Sanity
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During lockdown, many of us are finding ourselves experiencing insomnia, stress and anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic having a negative effect on our mental health. Constant media coverage showing people suffering and social distancing all contribute to feelings of unease. We are unable to live our lives as we are used to and find ourselves being plunged into isolation.

Our lives have been turned upside down and our routines changed almost overnight. Many of us have suffered losses during this time whether it be a loved one, our job or our daily routine causing us to suffer with anxiety.

How does anxiety feel?

Mentally anxiety can make you feel tearful, angry, unmotivated, tired and unable to make the right decisions. Physically anxiety can give you upset stomachs causing digestion problems, headaches, palpitations and muscle aches and pains amongst other things. 
Although we cannot control what is going on in the world during this time, we can take control of the way we are feeling by taking more control of our emotions.

How do I do this?

Start the day by thinking about the good things that you will be looking forward to that day, they can be small things like watching something you like on television, going for a walk or talking to a friend on the phone. This will enable you to shift the focus from your anxiety and make you feel better and more positive.

Go outside for a walk or do some exercise, it has been proven that being outside among nature can have a huge positive impact on our well-being as well as strengthening our immune system making us less susceptible to picking up illnesses.

Try to avoid too much social media although it is important to keep up with the latest updates continually watching the news can make your anxiety worse. Try and keep to a daily routine and get up at the same time every day. Following a healthy nutritious diet is important to strengthen your immune system and fight Coronavirus. Try to avoid alcohol and sugary food and drinks as these foods can weaken your immune system making you more susceptible to illnesses.

Hypnotherapy is extremely beneficial in treating anxiety and stress related issues. By using the power of suggestion to the subconscious mind, you are able to make positive changes. During a guided deep relaxation, you will be in a better position to respond to suggestions and make the positive changes and behaviours you are looking to make. Whilst In this relaxed state, your subconscious mind is open and more able to accept these positive suggestions.

We might not realise it but the subconscious mind works automatically continually throughout the day. Whilst in this relaxed state of hypnotherapy we can tune into the subconscious mind. The aim is to break the negative responses and thought patterns relating to stress and anxiety by changing them to more healthy responses.

This is a testimony from a client being treated for panic and anxiety:

After years of having severe anxiety and panic attacks that affected aspects of my life, I wanted to change the way I was feeling, so I tried Hypnotherapy. Claire was very welcoming, she is a warming, sympathetic person, who makes you feel at ease. After one session with Claire the panic attacks were no longer present and after 6 sessions I feel calmer, more relaxed, alert and the anxiety has gone. This has enabled me to do things that the anxiety and panic attacks were holding me back from doing. Having the hypnotherapy treatment is definitely changing my life for the better.

Kelly from Didcot
Please visit my website claireshypnotherapy.com

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