Today is the first day of the rest of my life!

After an entire working lifetime working for other people – retailers, multi-nationals and charities – today is the day I am striking out alone. It is not without a sense of trepidation – I am now responsible for my own wages, and my own tax returns (words which strike anxiety into the heart of the bravest souls!). And whilst I have spent a lifetime selling other people’s companies, I have never really been one to sell myself. So this understandably brings with it some anxiety.

Anxiety is not an uncommon thing. According to a BBC News report, approximately 66% of singers, including Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Williams suffer with anxiety and panic attacks. For most of us, anxiety is something that we can cope with – it does not affect our lives unduly. But for some people, anxiety can be crippling. It can stop them leaving the house and making the most of their lives, using their abilities and talents.  Anxiety disorder may cause loss of appetite and lack of interest in sex, muscle tension, headaches, migraines and insomnia, skin conditions, IBS. Frequent panic attacks can cause you to fear the anxiety attacks themselves, thereby increasing overall anxiety. The constant state of stress can lead to clinical depression.

And of course, there is always a reason NOT to do something – if procrastination were an Olympic event, I would certainly be on the podium, probably Gold! And when you have your injured cat sitting on your laptop and giving you those eyes, who could force themselves to work?

Hypnotherapy is a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis. Psychotherapy in itself is extremely helpful and its effects are enhanced by the application of hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes. ​Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses practical, modern, and well-researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time.  With SF Hypnotherapy, we look at what you want to achieve (the solution) rather than at whatever prompted you to visit (the problem). The approach focuses on the present and future and not on the past. I will ask you to consider your preferred future, for instance, what would be better if you were not suffering with anxiety (or whatever problem prompted you to seek help)? What would have changed? This enables the possible solutions to become more obvious and gives you a goal to work towards.

So – what is holding you back from being the best version of “YOU” that you can be?  Don’t let anxiety stop you doing what you want to do in life. Get in touch straight away and make today the first day of the rest of YOUR life.