5 Ways To Keep Calm When You Have Anxiety

Victoria Horton

Victoria Horton

5 Ways To Keep Calm When You Have Anxiety

We know that anxiety affects millions of people worldwide. The racing thoughts, physical symptoms, and overwhelming fear that often accompany anxiety can be debilitating. In this blog, we’ll explore five powerful techniques derived from solution-focused hypnotherapy that can help you stay calm during moments of anxiety.

  1. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques.

One of the fundamental principles of solution-focused hypnotherapy is the cultivation of mindfulness and relaxation. By learning to stay present in the moment, you can reduce the racing thoughts and worries that fuel anxiety. Here’s how you can incorporate mindfulness and relaxation into your daily routine:

  • Deep Breathing: Take slow, deep breaths to activate the body’s relaxation response. Inhale through your nose for a count of four, hold for four, and then exhale through your mouth for a count of four. Repeat this cycle several times.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Start at your toes and work your way up, tensing and then relaxing each muscle group in your body. This technique helps release physical tension associated with anxiety.
  • Grounding Exercises: Focus on your senses to stay rooted in the present moment. Describe five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste.

2. Positive Visualisation

We use the power of positive visualisation in sessions to help you envision a future without anxiety. You can adopt this practice by creating a mental “safe space” or by imagining a scenario in which you feel completely calm and confident. By regularly engaging in positive visualization, you can retrain your mind to focus on positive outcomes rather than dwelling on anxiety-provoking thoughts.

3. Affirmations

Affirmations are simple, positive statements that you can repeat to yourself regularly. In solution-focused hypnotherapy, affirmations are used to challenge and replace negative thought patterns. For instance, you can create affirmations like “I am calm and in control,” “I trust in my ability to handle any situation,” or “I am free from anxiety.” Repeat these affirmations daily to shift your mindset and build self-confidence.”

4. Self-Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis is a powerful tool that solution-focused hypnotherapy teaches to help individuals manage anxiety. You can learn self-hypnosis techniques from a trained therapist or through guided audio recordings. These techniques involve entering a deeply relaxed state and then using positive suggestions to reprogram your subconscious mind. Regular practice can help reduce anxiety and improve your overall sense of well-being.

5. Gratitude Journaling.

Keeping a gratitude journal is an effective way to shift your focus from anxiety to appreciation. Solution-focused hypnotherapy acknowledges the importance of gratitude in promoting a positive mindset. Each day, write down three things you’re grateful for, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Over time, this practice can help you rewire your brain to notice the positive aspects of life, reducing anxiety in the process.

By incorporating mindfulness and relaxation, positive visualization, affirmations, self-hypnosis, and gratitude journaling into your daily routine, you can begin to regain control over your anxiety. Remember that consistency is key; practice these techniques regularly to experience long-lasting relief.

If you find that your anxiety persists or worsens, contact me and I will provide personalised support and strategies tailored to your needs with Hypnotherapy for anxiety.

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