Social anxiety is far more common than we might think and most of us have suffered from social anxiety in one form or another during our lives. It manifests itself as a fear of rejection or being judged or embarrassed in front of other people. It leads to avoidance behaviour and can have a disruptive, negative effect on how you live your life, including but not exclusively –
- Meeting new people
- Giving presentations
- Speaking to authority figures
- Eating out
Self-help for Social Anxiety
Living with anxiety can be very difficult, but there are steps you can take that might help. The charity Mind have produced a guide to self-help for social anxiety and panic attacks which can help you manage your life in a more positive way.
The guide says that yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, herbal treatments, Bach flower remedies, and hypnotherapy are all types of complementary therapy that you could try, and see if they work for you. Some people find that one or more of these methods can help them to relax, or sleep better.
CBH for Stress & Anxiety
CBH is a fully integrated approach to treatment of stress and anxiety and increasingly, it is becoming the dominant approach to clinical hypnosis.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of stress and anxiety.
The benefits to you of using CBH (backed up by solid evidence and comprehensive research) are immediate –
- The addition of hypnotherapy to CBT has been proven to shorten treatment times
- Hypnosis enables you to see things more vividly in your ‘mind’s eye’
- Hypnosis solidifies the relationship and builds rapport between you and your therapist
- You can learn to ‘self-hypnotise’ by inducing a deep state of relaxation
- Under hypnosis, you have an increased opportunity of receiving and understanding the suggestions your therapist makes to free you from unwanted behaviours
Please contact me today to start the journey back to behavioural freedom.