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Understanding Anxiety: Types, Hypnotherapy, and Instant Relief

Understanding Anxiety: Types, Hypnotherapy, and Instant Relief

Understanding Anxiety: Types, Hypnotherapy, and Instant Relief

Published 7th March 2024

Anxiety is a pervasive condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Its impact can range from mild unease to debilitating panic attacks, disrupting daily life and hindering personal growth. 

There are various strategies, including hypnotherapy, that can help manage and alleviate anxiety. 

In this blog, I will explore the different types of anxiety, how hypnosis can be beneficial, and offer eight relief tips for those struggling with anxiety.

Types of Anxiety:

  1. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD): GAD is characterised by persistent and excessive worry about various aspects of life, such as work, health, finances, and relationships. Individuals with GAD often find it challenging to control their worries, leading to physical symptoms like muscle tension, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating.
  2. Panic Disorder: Panic disorder involves recurrent and unexpected panic attacks, which are intense periods of fear or discomfort accompanied by physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath. Panic attacks can occur suddenly and without warning, leading to significant distress and avoidance behaviors.
  3. Social Anxiety Disorder: Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is characterized by an intense fear of social situations and interactions. Individuals with social anxiety often experience excessive self-consciousness, fear of judgment or embarrassment, and avoidance of social activities or public speaking engagements.
  4. Specific Phobias: Specific phobias involve irrational and excessive fear of specific objects or situations, such as heights, spiders, flying, or enclosed spaces. When confronted with their phobic triggers, individuals may experience intense anxiety, panic attacks, and avoidance behaviours to minimise their distress.
  5. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): OCD is characterised by intrusive and distressing thoughts (obsessions) followed by repetitive behaviours or mental rituals (compulsions) performed to alleviate anxiety or prevent perceived harm. Common obsessions include fears of contamination, symmetry, or harm, while compulsions may involve repetitive checking, washing, or counting rituals.

Understanding the different types of anxiety is crucial for identifying specific triggers and developing targeted interventions to manage symptoms effectively.

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety:

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that utilises hypnosis to induce a trance-like state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility. During hypnosis, individuals are deeply relaxed and open to positive suggestions and therapeutic interventions aimed at addressing subconscious patterns and beliefs contributing to anxiety.

Hypnotherapy can be beneficial for anxiety management in several ways:

  1. Addressing Root Causes: Hypnotherapy allows individuals to explore and address underlying factors contributing to their anxiety, such as past traumas, negative thought patterns, and unresolved emotions. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnosis can help reframe perspectives, promote self-awareness, and facilitate healing at a deeper level.
  2. Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Hypnosis induces a state of deep relaxation, which can help alleviate physical tension, calm the nervous system, and reduce overall stress levels. Regular hypnotherapy sessions can teach individuals relaxation techniques and self-hypnosis skills to manage anxiety symptoms in daily life.
  3. Changing Negative Beliefs: Anxiety often stems from negative beliefs and self-limiting thoughts that contribute to feelings of fear, inadequacy, and uncertainty. Through hypnotherapy, individuals can challenge and reprogram these negative beliefs, at a deep subconscious level by replacing them with positive affirmations and empowering suggestions that promote confidence, resilience, and inner peace.
  4. Coping Strategies and Behavioral Changes: Hypnotherapy empowers individuals to develop effective coping strategies and behavioral changes to manage anxiety triggers and responses. By rehearsing new patterns of thinking and behavior under hypnosis, clients can enhance their adaptive coping skills, build resilience, and overcome avoidance behaviours that perpetuate anxiety.
  5. Enhancing Self-Confidence and Empowerment: Hypnotherapy allows a sense of self-empowerment and self-efficacy, empowering individuals to take control of their anxiety and embrace positive change. Through guided imagery, visualisation, and subconscious reprogramming, clients can cultivate inner resources, resilience, and confidence in their ability to cope with life's challenges.

Eight Relief Tips for Anxiety:

  1. Deep Breathing: Practice deep breathing exercises to calm the nervous system and reduce anxiety symptoms. Inhale deeply through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth, focusing on the rhythm of your breath and the sensations in your body.
  2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Tense and release each muscle group in your body systematically, starting from your toes and working your way up to your head. Notice the sensations of tension and relaxation, allowing your muscles to unwind and release built-up tension and stress.
  3. Grounding Techniques: Use grounding techniques to anchor yourself in the present moment and alleviate anxiety. Focus on your senses by identifying and describing objects around you, feeling the texture of surfaces, listening to soothing sounds, or engaging in mindful activities like walking or gardening.
  4. Positive Affirmations: Repeat positive affirmations or mantras to counter negative thoughts and cultivate a sense of calm and reassurance. Choose affirmations that resonate with you, such as "I am safe and supported," "I trust in my ability to cope," or "I am worthy of love and acceptance."
  5. Visualisations: Close your eyes and visualise a peaceful and serene scene, such as a tranquil beach, lush forest, or serene mountain retreat. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and sensations of your visualisation, allowing yourself to feel grounded, relaxed, and at ease.
  6. Mindful Movement: Engage in gentle physical activities that promote mindfulness and relaxation, such as yoga, tai chi, or qigong. These practices combine movement, breath awareness, and meditation to promote a sense of calm, balance, and inner peace. Focus on the present moment as you move your body mindfully, allowing tension and stress to melt away with each breath and movement.
  7. Limit Media Consumption: Limit exposure to news and social media, especially when feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Constantly consuming negative or sensationalised content can exacerbate feelings of fear, uncertainty, and stress. Set boundaries around your media consumption, choose reliable sources for information, and prioritise activities that promote relaxation and connection. Take breaks from screens, spend time outdoors, connect with loved ones, and engage in activities that nourish your mind, body, and spirit.
  8. Practice Self-Compassion: Cultivate self-compassion by treating yourself with kindness, understanding, and acceptance, especially during challenging times. Acknowledge your struggles and emotions without judgment, recognising that it's normal to experience ups and downs in life. Be gentle with yourself, practice self-care rituals, and offer words of encouragement and support to yourself as you would to a friend facing similar difficulties. Embracing self-compassion fosters resilience, fosters resilience, and cultivates a deeper sense of self-worth and belonging.

By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can cultivate greater resilience, inner peace, and well-being in the face of anxiety. Remember that progress takes time and patience, so be gentle with yourself as you embark on your journey towards greater emotional balance and fulfillment.


Anxiety is a complex and multifaceted condition that can significantly impact individuals' quality of life. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for managing anxiety, hypnotherapy offers a powerful and holistic approach to addressing underlying factors, promoting relaxation, and fostering positive change at the subconscious level.

By understanding the different types of anxiety, exploring the benefits of hypnotherapy, and implementing practical strategies for instant relief, individuals can empower themselves to overcome anxiety and embrace a life of greater calm, resilience, and well-being.

If you're struggling with anxiety and seeking support, don't hesitate to reach out for professional help. As a certified hypnotherapist specialising in anxiety management, and emotional trauma, I'm here to guide you on your journey to healing and living life on your terms.

For more information or to schedule a hypnotherapy session, please contact me at Phoenix Hypnotherapy for your FREE consultation.

Remember, you have the power to break free from anxiety and reclaim your peace of mind. Take the first step towards a brighter, anxiety-free future today.

Lesley Ford 

Clinical Hypnotherapist

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