Generalized Anxiety Disorder can make day to day life a real struggle. If you are constantly worrying about past or present difficulties or about things that might go wrong in the future it becomes hard to think straight or to keep things in prospective.
Some people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder says it feels like their mind is constantly worrying and the tiniest mishap can set their minds worrying . Sometimes the anxiety can seem to come out from nowhere. And some clients would wake up worrying in the middle of the night and they weren’t even sure what they were anxious about.
And then there are physical symptoms such as headaches, breathing difficulties, sweating, or nausea. In evolutionary terms any anxiety a person experiences is a straight forward physical process with the body simply getting ready to fight a predator or to run away. Our nervous system evolved over millions of years to respond to occasional threats like bumping into a lion by speeding up our breathing and heart rate, releasing adrenaline and then cortisol into our blood stream and reverting resources towards our muscles to prepare us for an immediate fight or rapid escape. In fact it is more appropriate to call this process the muscle priming response than anxiety. But while muscle priming is very useful in escaping a hungry lion its less than helpful with dealing with many of the challenges of modern life such as dealing with money or managing conflict at work or home or sitting in endless lines of traffic jams. It has a number of negative side effects if it goes on too long . One consequence of long term anxiety is that it can supress a person’s immune system, so they catch more colds and have digestive problems . this is because as far as their body is concerned there is a lion about to attack so fighting off a cold or digesting lunch can wait till later.
Another consequence is to think clearly and rationally when you are anxious because the muscles priming response is all about making very quick decisions to escape any physical danger. Not about analysing the present situation in depth and planning for the long term. Hypnosis is an excellent method for calming down anxiety because in hypnosis it is very easy to relax very deeply and from that state of deep relaxation you can retrain your mind and body to feel calmer in the situations that once would have caused you to worry.