Recognising Anxiety

Recognising Anxiety

Recognising Anxiety – for Professional Women

Recently I was reading an article on anxiety and the professional woman. Having had anxiety and phobias myself, I know its impact on life. Professional women who have anxiety can be impacted in their professional career, in their relationship with work colleagues and also relationships with family and friends. When professional women feel they are not performing satisfactorily in managing the multitude of responsibilities of work and family they may begin to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.

Why am I focusing on professional women? Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman had a detailed look into the international epidemiological data in the US when writing their book: The Stressed Sex. (Epidemiology is the study of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations). The picture that emerged from their study was that in any given year, total rates of psychological disorder are 20-40% higher in women than men. Another United States National Survey – from a large, representative sample of the general US population – found that a staggering 23% of women are suffering from an anxiety disorder.

The question I ask professional women is “Do you recognise you have anxiety, and if so, are you getting the help you need or are you just ploughing through the anxiety because you think that is the best way? From my experience in dealing with women with anxiety is that you need to get help when you feel or seem to be less in control and increasingly less confident, as anxiety is impacting your life.

According to Beyond Blue, anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. An anxious feeling is a normal response to a situation where you feel under pressure. In its healthy form, anxiety helps you perform at your top of your game form when you’re adjusting to, say, a new job or a new baby says Terrie Moffitt, PhD, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University in North Carolina. Normal anxiousness passes once the pressure situation passes. It is when those anxious feelings don’t subside, and seem to exist for no apparent reason, that it becomes a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life.

Using modalities of Hypnosis and NLP can help you to acknowledge the anxiety and its impact, to then learn to create changes in your mind which will produce different behaviours, thoughts, feelings and outcomes. One of the big advantages of hypnosis is that you learn to relax. When anxious people sit in my comfortable chair before doing hypnosis, they often say that they are feeling uncomfortable. At the end of the hypnosis session, they talk about feeling of relaxed and comfortable.

How do you identify when anxiety in your life needs to be addressed?  Here are some suggestions and symptoms I have discovered in my 10 years+ of dealing with anxiety:

  • Tightness or major discomfort in the chest, diaphragm or stomach
  • Negative thoughts on what you cannot control
  • Feeling down, low in energy or fatigued
  • Confused or feeling overwhelmed with your work
  • You don’t want to do certain tasks because they feel uncomfortable
  • You don’t want to open up to anyone else
  • You feel more sensitive about what others say, and take it personally
  • Being forgetful with appointments or time
  • Feeling fearful including jumping at noises or being startled
  • Physical symptoms like insomnia, heart palpitations, dizziness and headaches.

If you are experiencing a number of these symptoms, then you could have anxiety which is impacting your career and your life. From my own personal experience, I discovered that I could not release the anxiety myself. I needed another professional to help. I found that hypnotherapy and NLP worked for me, which is why I have faith that it can help others.

If you are not getting external help from someone who knows how to deal with anxiety this is most likely to be due to the discomfort of the anxiety. This is a typical response of No Action. To get over this you need to take action and get help now, as the discomfort will be less than what you are currently experiencing. It is not until you seek help that you experience the relief of knowing your anxiety IS real and you are no longer dealing with it on your own.

If you want to discuss your anxiety with David and discover how, at The Eyes of Horus, our guiding light can transform your dreams of being free of the anxiety into reality, please book a complementary discovery session by visiting: Scroll to the bottom of the home page for the booking calendar.


David Donahoo

Coach and NLP Trainer, and Hypnotherapist

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