Phobias can affect anyone!
Phobias are not logical, they are an emotional response.
Sometimes our brain interprets information that should be seen as “normal” and every day. Like a small spider just minding its own business walking across the floor. Your subconscious then makes it into something you see as a threat.
The instant our brain thinks there is an imminent threat, whether real or imagined the body’s “fight or flight” response is triggered and a sudden release of chemicals and hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released.
The immediate physical effects can be sweating, rapid breathing, a churning in the stomach, dry mouth, shaking in the arms and legs and not being able to think clearly.
Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies.
Cortisol is the primary stress hormone and changes various automatic nervous functions.
The combination of these provide the body with the energy needed to react swiftly to a life threatening situation; “fight” to defend oneself or “flight” to run and get away. Even if there is no real threat, if it’s a perceived threat it’s real to the person, real to you so the so the body will do its thing, act first think later!
Your mind and body create the phobia/phobias and then try to remove you from it.
This is a stress response and is what your mind and body does naturally to keep you safe.
You may run from a spider that is smaller than your finger nail and not go back into the room until someone has removed it.
These feelings are genuine and you respond to the treat as though it’s real, because your mind doesn’t know the difference between something made up and something actual.
When the spider is no longer there you now think/feel the treat has gone, so your breathing returns to normal and all is well until the next spider comes along!
If this is you, this will make so much sense and you are not alone.
At Life Balance hypnotherapy I use Cognitive Hypnotherapy to help you to think differently about your Phobia, it’s a bit like you re-programing your mind, so you can have a different response to say fear of flying, fear or spiders, fear of height, fear of small spaces or whatever your phobia is to you
Call Joanne now to help you clear your phobia/phobiasPhone: 07711 704 585 or email: email@example.com