Break Free From Worry With Hypnosis

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Anxiety And Depression

Worry Is Optional

Many people get so caught up in the stories they tell themselves that they live out those stories as if they are happening. My anxiety hypnotherapy program in Melbourne gets to the root cause of these stories you continue to tell yourself.

You could eat a perfect diet, exercise every day, avoid smoking and never touch a drop of alcohol – yet if you’re continually anxious you’ll still be unhealthy. Such is the power of your mind and its manifestations.

Think about it; when you’re anxious, your cortisol levels are elevated. You’re probably not sleeping that well and this has a huge impact on your immune system. So it makes sense, doesn’t it, to take care of your mind and pay attention to the quality of your thoughts.

Don’t get me wrong; in appropriate quantities, worry and anxiety have their uses. All negative emotions serve a purpose.

But the truth is most of the things we worry about aren’t happening; more than that, most of them will never eventuate. Shakespeare wrote; there is nothing ‘good or bad’. Only thinking makes it so.

One great method I use to stop myself from worrying is simply asking myself: ‘Is there a problem RIGHT NOW?’ Not tomorrow, not in a week’s time, not next month, but right now; right this moment. Here’s an example of how I applied this question just a few weeks ago: I was driving from Elsternwick to my home in Bayswater, which is about a 50 minute drive.

As soon as I started the car, it began to make strange noises. The engine was revving madly and my poor little 4 cylinder car sounded like it was doing a very good impersonation of a racing car. Something was wrong.

My first thought was: ‘Oh my God! I’m going to break down!’ From that thought, other sinister thoughts started to creep into my mind:

  • I will break down in the middle of a freeway;
  • I won’t be able to get help;
  • Someone will crash into my stationary car;

You know the drill. I was using my imagination to create negative stories. My car continued to drive and I continued to make my way from Elsternwick to Bayswater, and yet the story inside my head told me I was doomed.  I know, I know…as a clinical hypnotherapist I should know better. But at least I caught myself in time. At that point I recognised I was indeed telling myself a story, so I stopped to ask the question: ‘Is there a problem right now?’

The answer, of course, was ‘no’. My car was functioning; I was functioning; I was getting closer and closer to my home. Indeed, there was no problem at that particular moment in time that I could see.

This technique allowed me to get safely home to Bayswater in one piece without feeling anxious. (I blush to tell you that the reason my car was making funny noises was that I had it in second gear – DOH!). In any case, by asking that one simple question I was able to allow all those negative thoughts to release me. I was free.

You can do the same thing. Each time you find yourself telling a story that isn’t true, try asking the question: Is there a problem RIGHT NOW? You will free yourself of the excess worry. Anxiety hypnothrapy in Melbourne can help you with this process, so contact a local therapist today.