Hypnotherapist offers helping hand to deal with the panic around life returning to normal post pandemic

As the Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease, many of us are excited about getting back to normal, and being able to mix and socialise again, but for others who suffer with social anxiety, the opening up plans are creating a heightened state of panic. Clinical hypnotherapist, Emma Jane from EM Wellbeing is available to help people who are sufferers of social anxiety to prepare and cope with life after lockdown.

Emma is providing a free initial consultation to help people understand how the brain works, how anxiety is created and what we can do about it. This enables individuals to focus on reducing their anxiety and build their own inner confidence and self esteem.

We can all relate to social anxiety in some way, perhaps nervousness around meeting someone new, or walking into a room full of strangers, and with the opening up of restrictions you could experience nerves around coming out of the pandemic looking good enough, whether your friends will want to see you, or whether you’ve achieved enough during lockdown.

And this leads to more negative thoughts, which in turn leads to more anxiety.

“For many sufferers of social anxiety throughout the lockdown periods, they have not had to confront their anxiety in anyway, they’ve been able to stay at home, isolated, and in their own comfort zone”. Emma said. “With the opening up of restrictions these very real social anxieties are back in the forefront of peoples minds, and some will have found their symptoms have ramped up recently; others might be feeling this for the first time. Many people have reported their confidence has taken a battering during lockdowns”

“All socially anxious people have different reasons for dreading certain situations, you can experience symptoms and getting anxious immediately before an event, or you might spend weeks worrying about it, then afterwards you could spend a lot of time and mental energy worrying about how you acted.”

Emma suggests that feelings of social anxiety can be mitigated by the following:
Be conscious of the “worry story” you tell yourself – and try to distance yourself from it;
Recognise and dump the negative thoughts, replace them with a positive one;
Write down the good things, the things you are looking forward to;
Spend at least one hour per day doing something that makes you feel good.

“I help people to cope with and reduce their anxiety. The techniques I teach my clients, whatever the trigger for their condition, can also be applied successfully in this current pandemic. I’d encourage anyone who is feeling stressed or anxious, to book in for a free initial consultation and see if it helps.”

Emma added: “Even taking just 15 minutes out of your day to focus on yourself, rather than the latest virus news update, can help you regain a sense of balance and focus. It’s all about relaxing your mind, deflecting the negative thoughts, and replacing them with calm, positive ones.”

She advises people to schedule a ‘worry window’, so they can better manage any negative thoughts and feelings by containing them in a predetermined time slot, and free up the rest of their day by banishing intrusive thoughts.

“To some degree it’s natural to worry, and we all do it – it’s how our brain handles problems or potential problems,” Emma explained. “But it stops being useful if we become stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts. We should instead focus on those things within our control, and how we choose to respond to them.”

“This pandemic has had many repercussions beyond the actual virus. One is the potential impact on mental health and wellbeing, and if I can help ease that stress in just a small way, I believe it’s worthwhile trying.”

If you would like further information or to book a free initial consultation, then get in contact with me by completing the get in touch form at: https://www.emwellbeing.org/hypnotherapy-in-leicester/ or email emma@emwellbeing.org, alternatively you can call on 07388 540493.