Conquer anxiety

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Anxiety Attacks and Disorders

Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

We all know what anxiety feels like. Our heart pounds before a big presentation or a tough exam. We get butterflies in our stomach during a blind date. We worry and fret over family problems or feel jittery at the prospect of asking the boss for a raise. However, if worries and fears are preventing you from living your life the way you'd like to, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. The good news is, there are many anxiety treatments and self-help strategies that can help you reduce your anxiety symptoms and take back control of your life.

Understanding anxiety disorders

It’s normal to worry and feel tense or scared when under pressure or facing a stressful situation. Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when we feel threatened.

Although it may be unpleasant, anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, anxiety can help us stay alert and focused, spur us to action, and motivate us to solve problems. But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming, when it interferes with your relationships and activities—that’s when you’ve crossed the line from normal anxiety into the territory of anxiety disorders.

Do you have an anxiety disorder?

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge?

Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities?

Are you plagued by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake?

Do you believe that something bad will happen if certain things aren’t done a certain way?

Do you avoid everyday situations or activities because they make you anxious?

Do you experience sudden, unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic?

Do you feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner?

Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders

Because the anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, they can look very different from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party. Someone else may struggle with a disabling fear of driving or uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts. Still another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying about anything and everything.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Stress help for carers

Stress Management Help for Carers

No matter how deeply you care for the person you are caring for, the fact is being a carer is stressful. Stress is damaging in the long term because it can lead to illness, depression and exhaustion. You may well feel you are coping with your caring role, however there may come a time when you experience higher than normal levels of stress.
To enable you to continue your caring role effectively and also to ensure your own health does not suffer it is important to be able to deal with stress in a practical and easily applied way.

Whether the person you provide care for has a mental or physical disability makes very little difference, it is the continual and constant having to care for them that can be so physically and emotionally draining.

Why does a carer become stressed?

The cause of your carer stress might be complex. You could be worried about the health of the person you love and care for, or the attitudes of other members of the family. You may well feel guilty about the way you feel sometimes.

Stress can potentially put a strain on relationship due to the continual stress experienced by the carer and possibly the perceived lack of support from the partner. Lack of support and feeling totally isolated in your role a carer can all play a part in making you feel worse. Carers have to maintain relationships with other people outside the home.

Common feelings to carers

The pressure of being a carer may lead to anger and a feeling of a loss of control. This can be very damaging. Sometimes it can be very hard to cope with these feelings as well as having to care for someone. You may well feel guilty for feelings of anger towards the person you are caring for.

Stress symptoms

As a carer you may not have the time to think about how you are coping and how you are feeling. Symptoms of stress include irritability and generally feeling more emotionally drained and perhaps tearful, lack of appetite or perhaps eating too much and putting on weight. Not being able to sleep or waking up early. General feelings of feeling anxiety. A suppressed immune system can mean, more virus infections than usual, lack of energy, short temper and raised blood pressure.

You might feel isolated, pessimistic and almost overwhelmed as a carer. All these raw emotions create stress. When your body is stressed you have more stress hormone called cortisol in your body. If levels of cortisol are too high for too long then blood pressure goes up, digestion is suppressed causing stomach problems and sleep is driven out. Stress is not only harmful to your health and well-being, it can also damage your relationships, so it's vital to identify the causes of stress and be able to tackle them as soon as possible in a practical and cost effective manner.

Stress and the cure

If you are a carer for someone else then chances are you are neglecting your own needs to some extent. You have needs for:

To be able to relax

Quality sleep and rest

Quality relationships

Feeling safe and secure

A sense of connection to your family and community

Be able to enjoy yourself

Achieving your own goals in life

Your caring role may prevent you getting some of your needs being met. Being able to relax is so important. When you relax your stress hormone levels level out, your blood pressure becomes normal and your immune system works better.

To enable you to feel relaxed and cope as a carer Wellerassociates working in partnership with Guideposts Trust have produced a range of MP3s and CDs. 50% of any income generated goes back to the Trust.

All you have to do is listen in the comfort of your own home at a time of your choosing. Sam Weller has been a hypnotherapist since 1989,with extensive experience of stress management. As part of his working arrangement with Guideposts Trust Sam will be accessible to answer your questions and provide an on going counselling and support service when ever needed, and for as long as needed.

Friday, 16 April 2010


HI Sam, you may remember my visiting you last year around May and June time as i was getting concerned about some wedding nerves before my wedding in July. I am the teacher from Didcot girls school.

Well, i remember saying i would send you a quick line after the wedding and honeymoon to let you know how it all went and only today did i notice the letter i wrote to you is still on my computer and all this time i thought i'd sent it. It's a bit late now but nevertheless it's only fair to let you know that all went very well and i felt perfectly relaxed and enjoyed the day as a result. I can't tell you how impressed i was with the effect the sessions had on me.

So albeit a bit late, thanks again for your help and i'll certainly keep you in mind should i, or someone i know, need similar help in the confidence area.

All the best.

Cheers. Jason.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

hypnotictracks for anxiety some feedback

My experience with using the anxiety download was life changing literally. Two years ago I was diagnosed with a life changing disability that brought on a tremendous amount of anxiety and had been to every doctor and of course they all wanted to put me on medications.

I tried them all because I wanted to get better and get on with my life but the side effects were too much for me to handle. I was in bed for months due to my disability and the anxiety. My body became stuck in a state of constant anxiety and there was nothing that anyone could do except drug me. The anxiety got so bad that it hindered my efforts to get better.

I ordered Sam's download on anxiety and began to listen to it several times a day and before bed and within about a week I began to notice that I was relaxing and experiencing a sense of peace. I was able to deal with my disability and face it in a healthy way and now I use his downloads because they relax me each night. I would recommend them highly to anyone.

I intend on ordering more in the future and I believe they will also help my children as well.

Laura Brower.Georgia.USA.

Hypnotherapy training what to look for?

· How experienced are the trainers? Are they successful practitioners? Or recruited straight off a training course
Sam Weller training school principal is a full time hypnotherapist and was trained in 1989 by Gil Boyne. Sam’s training team was trained and had picked by Sam himself.

· Evidence of training quality? Testimonials. Genuine and valid with full details

Genuine testimonials are provided and you are welcome to phone and contact previous students

· How much time is spent on actual practise development? In other words can you make a living out of it if you so wish?

We cover this in full and provide coaching and support is 3 months afterwards

· Are the trainer’s qualified supervisors?

Sam is a registered supervisor with the GHR.

· Is the training accredited?

By the GHR the largest accrediting body in the UK

· Does the course offer ongoing coaching or are you just left to your own devises?

3 months of ongoing coaching and support

· Is the training one dimensional and just theory based?

Practical and geared to running a practise

· Do they offer a clear and concise breakdown of the hours you will receive?

Please refer to the prospectus or talk to Sam or any of the training team either Ali or Scott

· Is the course material relevant? Or is parts just infill to make up the hours for accreditation?

Tightly focused and relevant to why clients use hypnotherapy

· Is the training school a franchise operation? Under a parent training school or business. If so do they bother to check that the course material is being adhered to? Who ultimately is responsible

Wellerassociates training is a non-franchise training operation

· What is the trainer to student ratios? 1:6 recommended for quality practical work. Or 1:20

1:6.There will always be 2 trainers in attendance sometimes 3 for practical work

· Just one trainer and therefore one viewpoint and style or inclusive of different styles?

An eclectic mix of styles is taught

· Are there written exams? Or skills feedback so you know you will feel confident to practise and earn a living?

No written exams. Practical role-plays at the final module

· Are the training schools in the areas as advertised? Or will you be referred to somewhere else?

The training will take place in the schools as advertised. You will not have to travel to other places

· Is the training school principal approachable and contactable
Anytime 01608 645445.

· Are you able to sit in on the training?

Absolutely you would be very welcome

· Is there a flexible payment system? Are you penalised and charged interest if you spread your payments? Are there incentives for you to pay upfront? Flexible. With no penalties and incentives to pay in full at the beginning

Flexible with incentives for full payment. No interest penalties for inst

Free stress guide

Weight loss reality

Weight loss for some can be the eternal how to, each “new” diet or new “re-cycled” diet offers the same. If you look at the word diet the first 3 letters are DIE. (Death of the metabolism)

Unfortunately all these diets work on the starvation principle of some sort, and drastically reduced calorie intake.

Or by eating solid protein, or by living off a boring liquid diet. None of them address the relationship to food, which is a lifetime one. A person’s weight gain quite often is down to emotional eating, and the stressors that may course this. Eating can provide comfort and then someone eats what he or she wants, as opposed to what they need, they gain weight.

Diets slow down the metabolism, after 4 days of starvation the body shuts down and goes into starvation mode protecting the very calories you are trying to loose.

Metabolism slows right down and you feel lethargic. When you start eating again the weight piles back on and with a metabolism the pounds will keep piling back on.

Anybody been there before?

Dieticians and so called experts do not tell you that the body likes and needs good old fat, it serves a useful propose. Supplies us with a foodstore in times of starvation and keeps us warm. Unlike muscle, which is cosmetic, and burns off calories.

The subconscious mind still acts as if we were in the cave.

Diets do not address this in any way shape or form. The key is to work with the body. The body will accept weight loss of 2lbs a week maybe a little more. Much more than this and the weight loss is fluid and muscle tissue. In extreme cases the body will break down internal organ tissue to synthesis the protein and feed itself.

If the weight loss is slow it stays off. Therefore no more “yo-yo” effect, and another cycle of dieting/weight loss/gain with the latest “make you thin” wonder diet.

Working with the body is the key.

Everybody knows what he or she should and should not eat. The key is feeling good about going it.

Unfortunately we live in an age of easy and instant with those seductive miracle diets offering absurd amounts of weight loss in a matter of days or weeks. I have helped clients to lose weight who have tried every diet under the sun. Always the same. People know they are a con but just have to give it one last try

Hypnosis is a process whereby you can work with the body and feel good about doing the things that you know you should be doing. Once you are into a rhythm the weight comes off, slowly, naturally, safely and stays off.

Psychologically you feel good, as long lost confidence in your ability to lose weight returns as you have finally found something that you can work with.

You lose weight once not a hundred times!!

Sam Weller
Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practise

Introduction hypnotictracks


Anxiety underpins most if not all of the work you do as a hypnotherapist. Anxiety is free range, people feel anxious about being anxious, and anxious if they are not anxious, so that the anxiety returns and everything is then back to “normal”.

I call it anxiety syndrome. Many may not even understand why they are feeling anxious.

The anxiety track can break that habit and reverse the negative downward spiral. This track works well with relaxation and confidence.

Anxiety can drain you of energy; you always feel tired, so increased energy and relief of tiredness were devised to counter this.
Side effects of stress and anxiety include the need to move from pain to pleasure so people may eat more, so there is a need to eat less by realigning the relationship to food. Without feeling as if you are on a diet. Some may lose weight instead.

Many find breaking a smoking habit more difficult.

Anxiety may be caused by having to engage in public speaking when you have never done this before or you may have a fear of flying.
If you have any questions regarding anxiety then as a hypnotictracks club member please feel fee to contact me at