Managing anxiety

June 5, 2017

I know anxiety. I met it in my early 20s. When I didn’t know a thing about managing anxiety.

The trouble with anxiety is that it can come up out of nowhere. No specific reason, just one day, there it is.

The trouble with anxiety is that it can turn into full-blown panic attacks. Sometimes so bad you think you’re dying. Or having a heart attack. Or can’t breathe.

The trouble with anxiety is that it can be debilitating. It can stop us from living fully.

The trouble with anxiety is that it’s invisible. If others can’t see it, it must not exist, right?

Not right.

I met anxiety and panic attacks when they appeared out of nowhere when I was about 23 years old. Fortunately, I was a student and my college psych department offered sliding scale therapy by PhD students. And it was from one of those students that I learned the value of hypnosis. Because he hypnotized me out of my anxiety.

After a few hypnotherapy sessions, my anxiety moved on. Oh, it would come to visit every so often. But thanks to hypnotherapy, I knew how to handle it. And over the years, it finally disappeared for good.

Back then I had no apparent affinity for hypnosis—that is, I didn’t know I’d become a hypnotherapist. But that’s what I am.  And I know firsthand how helpful it can be for those debilitating anxious feelings.

So if you’re suffering from anxiety or panic attacks and want to explore if hypnotherapy can help, take a look at my offerings HERE and then email me at carol@ahealingspirit dot org. And we’ll talk about it. Because managing anxiety is possible. And not very hard at all.

Thank you.


84 comments on “Managing anxiety
  1. Robin rue says:

    Anxiety is a tough one. I get BAD anxiety in crowds and have even passed out at festivals twice – I have stopped putting myself in those situations because of it.

  2. Anxiety can be crippling. I only have what I would consider normal situational anxiety that most people get. However, I have a family member who is actually unable to go places because of it.

  3. Vera Sweeney says:

    I can’t even imagine suffering from sever anxiety. I go so many places and do so many things for my blog, I feel like it was just fall apart if I weren’t able to keep that rolling. Anxiety is serious business, and this will help people, I’m sure.

  4. I’m glad you learned how to manage your anxiety and that you were proactive about it. There are millions of people living with anxiety that don’t have the capacity to or simply won’t do anything about it and that is sad.

  5. Lian says:

    I know a few people who have had troubles with anxiety. It can be debilitating for them. It is great that your are reaching out to help others who may need help learning to deal with this issue.

  6. Jeni says:

    Anxiety can drop you to your knees in no time flat! It’s such an important topic, and not too many people are brave enough to blog about it, so props to you for doing so. My favorite therapy for anxiety is friends, good movies, and plenty of ice cream.

  7. I suffer from anxiety from time to time. I find the best thing that helps me is calming teas and exercise.

  8. Tracey says:

    This is such a great post. Thank you for sharing it. I also wrote about anxiety on my blog recently. There are so many of us going through it.

  9. Sarah Bailey says:

    I get awful anxiety, I do wonder if hypnotherapy would help me, as it would be amazing to live without it just a little more.

  10. Joely Smith says:

    My daughter suffers from this and I have been looking for the right time to talk to her about hypnosis! I will take a look at your offerings.

  11. Natalie says:

    Having and dealing with anxiety on a daily basis, I know how hard it is. I actually looked into hypnotherapy but never went through with it. I may have to reconsider!

  12. While anxiety has not been a major problem for me, I have experienced it from time to time. It has been debilitating when I did experience it, so I completely understand how you felt.

  13. Interesting! I have anxiety! I know how it comes out of nowhere and how debilitating it will be. I have never tried Hypnosis! Sounds like a great alternative!

  14. Tara Pittman says:

    I like that there is non-drug treatments for anxiety. Too many times people think drugs are the answer.

  15. Liz Mays says:

    It seems like anxiety can really prevent people from doing what they want to do. It’s good that with assistance people can overcome some of the symptoms.

  16. It’s like being on a train you can’t stop… and even when you begin pressing the brakes, it takes a while for it to stop.

  17. TColeman says:

    Anxiety is one of those things that you can get as you get older. I know for me I can feel small attacks coming on every now and again.

  18. Anxiety can be crippling so it is so important to learn how to deal with it and cope. I have had many bouts of anxiety so I know how you feel.

  19. I know people with anxiety, and I see how debilitating it can be. I’m going to share your post with the. Maybe they’ll decide to try hypnotherapy with you. It’s great that there are “treatments” that can actually make a difference.

  20. I love how relaxing hypnotherapy can be. It’s like taking a deep, deep nap but when you come out of it, you feel so refreshed. It’s a great way to treat anxiety.

  21. Jennifer says:

    I am lucky that anxiety has not visited me, but I stood by a friend’s side when she went through a couple of weeks of anxiety. The kind where a self-employed hairdresser was having me reschedule clients for her because she couldn’t work. We got through it with peppermint patties (made her stomach feel better) and long hikes. When I say long, we were averaging 5 miles or more day. I plan to share this information with her, in case there are future episodes.

  22. Jennifer G says:

    This is a wonderful WONDERFUL post. I have anxiety and it has only gotten worse the older I get. I have had panic attacks right in the middle of walmart and had to leave and then could not find my vehicle with my husband waiting for me! People don’t understand how hard it is to live a life where a panic attack can strike at anytime.I have find some ways to manage it a bit better, but these will also help! I am so glad I have learned to talk myself through them or honestly I may never leave my house. Thank you so so much for sharing something so important. Anxiety is a silent monster.

  23. Personally, I always find forms of exercise that are fun or enjoyable. Extroverted people often like classes and group activities. People who are more introverted often prefer solo pursuits.

  24. Tim B says:

    I think people tend not to get help with anxiety because of the negative mental health sterotypes. I really hope that isn’t keeping people from getting the help they need.

  25. Chantal says:

    I also had anxiety pop up out of nowhere about a year ago. I have tried different things to manage it and have found some great solutions but have never tried hypnotherapy! I will definitely look into this more!

  26. I have been dealing with anxiety for over 20 years now. It can be so crippling at times. I am always looking for new tips to manage it.

  27. Dogvills says:

    Anxiety is terrible and not all people are brave enough to admit they have it. It’s good to know that there is someone like you who helps manage it.

  28. Jen T says:

    I have heard about hypnotherapy for quitting smoking but if it can really relieve anxiety that would be a huge break through for many people.

  29. Very interesting. I have suffered from anxiety on and off my whole life, and I found ways of coping with it as I have gotten older. However, I am intrigued about hypnosis and what it can do for people. It might be something I need to consider.

  30. Andrea says:

    I suffer from anxiety and honestly what has helped me a lot has been yoga and breathing also weirdly listening to music, when it gets too quite not cool. I am so glad you were able to find something.

  31. Scott says:

    I had heard of using hypnotherapy for habit-abatement (smoking, etc.), but never as a treatment for anxiety. But now that I think about it, I can see where it would be helpful.

  32. Lisa Rios says:

    Anxiety is debilitating and exhausting. I deal with frequent mood swings and sometimes I will wake up and feel so depressed for no reason at all, but it’s good to notice it, embrace the feelings, and do your best to move on.

  33. Kristin says:

    Anxiety is rough, this is a great resource for those fighting with it. I know when I travel I get really bad anxiety.

  34. ricci says:

    I think most people have anxiety ranging about one thing or another. I think learning how to manage your anxiety is a powerful tool to have. I love that you are able to manage yours with hypnosis!!

  35. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    I have suffered from anxiety but not to the point of it being clinical level. However, no one wants to go through with it for a long time. I have not tried hypnotherapy. I heard it can help with a variety of illnesses. I will have to take a look further into this alternative way of healing.

  36. What seems so important with your post is that first you need to accept that you have anxiety, and then find help to overcome the problem which you did very successfully. This is a good lesson for all of us … and can be applied to many problems.

  37. kelly reci says:

    I know someone who’s suffering from extreme anxiety, deep depression and panic attacks, I agree that you have first to accept that you have anxiety and look for something to overcome your stress.,

  38. Karlyn Cruz says:

    Anxiety is really terrible, sometimes other people can’t accept on their own that they have an anxiety. And I think that’s a great way first to manage it. I’m glad that there is a person like you who shared how to manage and overcome it.

  39. Victoria Heckstall says:

    This is not my big problem before, but nowadays, I can’t go out to crowd places because of anxiety. I’m thankful to found this how to manage it.

  40. Czjai says:

    There was a time in my life when I thought I had an anxiety disorder. Thankful, it was just my hormones on a rampage as it turns out I was pregnant during that time.

  41. Dana Vento says:

    I’m really thankful that I don’t had an anxiety, I can see that it’s really hard to deal with it.

  42. I have friends with debilitating anxiety. Sometimes mine is worse than others, but I feel like hormones has a lot to do with it.

  43. Echo says:

    Anxiety and depression can be so emotionally and physically draining! I have never been hypnotized, but I know it has worked for others.

  44. This is a good read. Managing anxiety is really difficult for the patient and even for those people around them. Glad to know that there are therapies that could help.

  45. Anxiety can be quite a deterrent and comes from many sources.
    I use the principle from the movie “Finding Nemo,” by taking baby steps and “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

  46. Kathy says:

    Anxiety is certainly not fun. It can be hard to handle at times. I get bad anxiety in certain situations and it’s not easy.

  47. Jeanine says:

    I suffer from anxiety and have for a long time. I have been able to manage it quite well, but its taken a long time.

  48. For me it’s deep breathing and a mental count of the things I’m grateful for. I have to slowly tell myself it’s going to be alright, breathe deeply until my heart slows, and then literally say out loud – my husband, my dogs, clothes on my back, etc…until I can regain control…

  49. Ayushi says:

    Anxiety is most commonly observed nowadays. One should learn to manage this.

  50. I know people who suffer from anxiety and it sucks. That sucks that you had to deal with anxiety, but it’s good that you found hypnotherapy helped.

  51. Anxiety or panic attacks are more commonly addressed these days. There’s a a lot of help and agree that hypnosis is one of them. Seek specialist and get proper treatment certainly helps.

  52. Anxiety is very difficult to deal with. I do suffer anxiety and sometimes it can be seriously overwhelming.

  53. Eloise says:

    It’s funny that you mention Hypnosis as a aid, because a friend of my family just started doing this as a career! My mother had him hypnotize her and she loves it! I find myself wanting to try this for my stress of my chaotic life. thanks for sharing and happy it helps you : )

  54. When first starting out, learning how to manage anxiety can be overwhelming. However, thankfully, it’s not impossible!

  55. HilLesha says:

    I’ve had bad anxiety since I was a pre-teen, so I can understand how it feels for anyone that has to go through it. I haven’t truly found any “relief” for mine, but I’ll definitely have to consider hypnotherapy down the road.

  56. Julie Syl says:

    I have anxiety I know but Thank God that I can deal it with but it take for a long time before it gone.

  57. I’m an agorabphobic but haven’t ever been offered hypnotherapy. My ex-husband being a licensed psychologist and hypnotherapist. Obviously, he couldn’t treat me, but he never suggested I look into it either. I wonder if it’s an option for me.

  58. Kita Bryant says:

    Anxiety can truly be a tough thing to battle. It’s very real!

  59. Shannon Graham says:

    It’s very hard when loved ones tell you you’re overreacting. Anxiety is a heavy thing to deal with.

  60. Wendy Polisi says:

    I have had many close friends deal with anxiety. I wish people understood it more. Thank you for shedding some light.

  61. Kristi says:

    So many different things to try to help and ease anxiety. I have friends who just keeping trying to find the solution that works best for them.

  62. That’s so cool that you now get to help others in the same way you were helped.

    I went to a hypnotherapist before but it was not the best experience. Her hypnosis was good but she was kind of strange. Strange as in she saw me in her office space (their to see someone else) only a couple days after one of our sessions (not our first) and she had no clue who I was. After that I did not feel fully relaxed around her.

  63. blair villanueva says:

    I think we all have anxiety an donly varies on different levels. However it is good that we have someone to talk, to avoid any further issues.

  64. A lot of people fail to realize how serious anxiety is and write it off as just being a worrier. Or tell someone to just calm down or don’t think about it. Easier said than done, I think.

  65. Cindy Magee says:

    Anxiety can be so debilitating! I had no idea that hypnotherapy could help with this. Is hypnotherapy good for depression as well?

  66. Our Family World says:

    I am happy that there are new methods to help heal and address anxiety. Most women would rather keep quiet about it for fear that they would be typecast into something hpnotherapy try hypnotheray too.

  67. Jennifer says:

    I am 42 and I still deal with anxiety. it is rough at times, but I have been doing yoga and meditation and it seems to help quite a bit.

  68. Alayna says:

    A lot of DBT skills have helped me with my anxiety. Those can definitely be used in conjunction with other therapies as well! Congrats on managing your own anxiety. It’s not easy!

  69. Farrah Less says:

    I used to have fear of heights, but when I dedicated myself to nature by hiking. I learned that there is nothing to worry about you just have to overcome it. Same with anxiety it is tough illness but we can all overcome it.

  70. wendy says:

    I have anxiety in crowds or big get-togethers. I try to avoid trigger areas that cause my anxiety. I do live with someone who has to take Adivant with him anywhere we go.

  71. Erin F says:

    That is so neat that you were able to use hypnotherapy sessions to relieve you of your anxiety! I had no idea something like that would even work!

  72. I can totally relate to this. I met anxiety in my 20’s too. I think it’s something I will always battle with and I’ve never considered hypnotherapy.

  73. Misty NElson Dawn says:

    Anxiety is a very serious matter to deal with we really have to seek for a professeionals to help us to have a good medications to overcome it

  74. Missy says:

    I’ve done hypnosis before, but I don’t remember it. I guess that means it worked? lol

    I have horrible anxiety, and it drives me crazy. I’m glad you’re taking steps to manage yours.

  75. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Anxiety is not an easy thing to deal with. I know we have all gone through this at some point in time and we are aware of how it impedes with our normal, daily activities. Thank you for this article. It has raised awareness that anxiety can be managed effectively and help those who suffer from it lead a normal life.

  76. What a great read. I struggl with anxiety as well since my teenage years. It’s taken me over 20 years to learn to leave with my symptoms and I still struggle at times. It’s not easy. Thanks for sharing your story.

  77. Lynndee says:

    I’ve heard of people who suffered from severe anxiety and it was sad. Good to know that hypnotherapy worked for you and your anxiety disappeared for good.

  78. MaryAnne says:

    My mother lives in constantly anxiety, Unfortunately all my family needs to see this part of my mother

  79. Linda Hobden says:

    I suffered badly from panic attacks in my late 20s … now in my early 50s I seem to have grown out of them (or they don’t seem as intense). I have taken up pilates & yoga type of exercise and have learnt to breathe through an attack- it has made a vast difference to the quality of my life. I will though keep your suggestions in mind as you never know…

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  81. Stacey W says:

    Anxiety is awful! Everytime I think I have a handle on it, I dont. Its like I cant breathe sometimes. Thanks for posting this!

  82. Silly Mummy says:

    I have problems with anxiety and panic attacks. I’ve never had hypnotherapy but have wondered about it.

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