Have you ever felt nervous and your body twitchy?
Have you wanted to cancel a meeting (social or work) because your heart was beating too fast and your mind envisaging all sorts of dreadful scenarios?
If you have experienced tummy aches or physical ailments, where these brought on by panic to give you a convenient excuse to avoid the panic provoking situation?
If you have ever experienced, a tightening of the chest, the inability to think clearly and your thoughts telling you not to do something, then you have experienced panic. It’s that sense of dread that something bad is going to happen. No matter how irrational it seems, your emotional self just becomes overwhelmed. Even the simplest task of going to the supermarket can set off a chain of emotional upset within you.
As the conscious mind has a time lag of about 15-30 seconds, the subconscious mind is already in high alert. It sets off the inner alarm – blood has to get to the arms and legs to enable you to fight or run away. This physiological response is necessary as everything you feel panic, your mind believes your life is under threat. It wants to give you the best change of escape. Therefore, non essential functions are slowed to divert energy to where it’s needed arms and legs.
Part of the blood in the head drains and you are in a highly reactive state. Deep thought and consideration is not required in emergencies. The negative effect is that you cannot think clearly. If someone asked you your name, you would have difficulty coming up with the answer.
What Happens In A Panic Attack?
In a panic attack, you may experience the following symptoms:
- fast heart rate,
- shallow breathing,
- feeling clammy and sweaty,
- inability to think straight and
- the need to escape are noticed by the subconscious mind and stored as a way of being the next time you find yourself in similar circumstances.
Each time you think about avoiding a situation, either by thought or in action, you are re-enforcing the belief that your life is under threat. Your mind is only protecting you in the best way it can.
How To Eliminate Panic?
The good news is that your subconscious mind can be reprogrammed to work more effectively. As long as it is best course of action for you.
Repetitive habits and behaviours are controlled by the subconscious mind. This can be positive or negative. When the triggers (people, places and situations) are encountered, the subconscious mind runs the most appropriate programme.
The subconscious mind controls:
- our breathing,
- our responses to all types of situations,
Our heads would explode if we had to think about things in this detail. Therefore, the subconscious mind takes control of automatic responses. It is a filtering system to see how the information being relayed relates to its person and reacts accordingly.
So the subconscious mind takes on repeated actions and they become a habit. Like learning how to drive. To begin with you have all the actions and checks to think about and then one day, you no longer have to go through a mental checklist, you just do it automatically because it is now a habit. And it is the same response when you hear a song and you have to sing it. It makes you happy.
This is the same learned response with panic and anxiety attacks. Re-programming your mind is essentially giving you mind a new set of instructions of how you want to be in situations that previously produced panic.
How Can Hypnotherapy and NLP Help?
With hypnotherapy, our focus is on how you want to be in the situations, or with the people that now provoke a panic attack. We look for the time in your life when you first experienced panic and what encouraged this behaviour.
When we can let go of the emotional baggage of the past, we can move forward with our lives.
With NLP (neuro linguistic programming) we are seeing, feeling and being how you want to be in the situations which until now have provoked panic attacks. The combination of hypnotherapy and NLP is very powerful in helping you to become free of panic attacks.
It’s like editing a movie reel inside your head. You are the director and changing your main character’s body language and self talk. It is your mind and your body.
All aspects of your life can become affected by panic. The mind body connection is very strong and once you know how to control your mind (thoughts) and body and get them to work for you, rather than against, you can be free from panic attacks.
Panic is overwhelming. With hypnotherapy (therapy under a guided relaxation) and NLP (to install new behaviours and patterns), you can define the entity of panic. It is part of you, rather than the whole you.
If you would like to be free from panic attacks then call me on 086 1038892. Appointments in Limerick.