Panic attacks can rear their ugly head at any time in our lives without prior warning or for no apparent reason. They can be very unsettling and often cause subsequent worry and anxiety about the onset of future panic attacks.

The more your conscious mind thinks about stopping these thoughts and controlling them, the more these thoughts have power over you, causing you to be stuck in a negative thought cycle.

What are some of the signs to look out for in a panic attack?

· Racing heartbeat/ palpitations
· Feeling of impending doom
· Shortness of breath/ hyper-ventilating
· Sweating, trembling, shaking
· Feeling sick and/or dizzy and light headed
· Tingling in fingers and toes
· Choking sensation or chest pains
· Feeling of paralysis or numbness

These symptoms are typical of the classic ‘fight or flight’ response which is how we respond when we think that we are in a situation of danger. The body is flooded with adrenalin meaning that it has less carbon dioxide and more oxygen than what is needed.

Panic attacks can last anywhere from a few minutes up to 20 minutes which for those experiencing it, may seem like an eternity.

The good news is that hypnotherapy can help.

The question is HOW?

Hypnotherapy helps to rewire the brain by working with the unconscious mind to create new ways of thinking and behaving. Often with panic attacks it is the fear of having the attack which can be more debilitating than the actual attack as it can pray on the mind and in turn, can begin to limit your day to day activities. For example, preventing you from being in certain situations like: trains, planes, big crowds, meetings, or leaving the house and going out alone.

This can be overcome through hypnosis by tracing the underlying anxiety and allowing the brain to uncover new thought patterns so that you have a more positive outlook and peace of mind. It is a quick and effective way of breaking the pattern and finding a new liberating way to live your life.

It’s important to remember that there is life beyond panic attacks – do not accept them as a way of life as they will be limiting you from living your life to the fullest.

Instead take back control and allow a healthier mindset and healthier way of living to reign supreme.