Helping You Manage Your Phobia
Does a Phobia Impact Your Life?
The feelings that occur with a phobia, such as the anxiety, feelings of breathing hard, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and on occassions out and out panic, are actually a normal response to something that scares us.
We often do not want to eradicate these feelings completely as if something scary does occur we still want that ‘fight or flight’ response and it is human nature to remain cautious of some things. In these cases once the worry or event has passed things return to normal and the body calms back down.
However, when a fear of something becomes debilitating and intense and overwhelms you then this becomes a phobia. You may then have severe distress and anxiety just from thinking about the phobia. At this stage this panic can really be impacting your life and then needs a helping hand to sort out.
From my own experience as I suffer with a phobia of heights, I have used hypnotherapy techniques and self hypnosis to help me overcome some of my anxiety when met with heights.
What Phobias can Hypnotherapy Help With?
It is often the case that those things that the client is worried about in reality carry little to no real threat. More often than not the client might have been told by friends and family that the dread is not warranted but it is very hard for them to control these feelings. This then leads them down the path of changing their lifestyle so that they do not need to undergo the thing that they fear.
This can have a huge impact on your quality of life and can also impact the lives of the people around you. Some of the phobias that you might have had include:
- Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) – people who suffer from this phobia can have panic attacks from just seeing pictures of spiders or even hearing about them. It can cause issues as it is very difficult to go through life without seeing a spider especially during summer months.
- Acrophobia (fear of heights) – if you have a phobia about heights then you never want to go off the ground. Even going a step or two up a ladder might trigger a panic response. This can have a real impact on your lifestyle especially if your job requires you to use ladders or even if you need to do DIY around the house – you may not even be able to change a lightbulb.
- Aviophobia (fear of flying) – whilst some people don’t like flying but do it any way for those with a real fear of flying you go out of your way to never fly. If flying triggers a panic attack or huge fear then this can impact your lifestyle – you may not be able to take family holidays out of the country or travel for work.
These are just some of the common phobias around but there are many others which hypnotherapy can help with.