Getting older, getting fearful

AS WE get older it is not uncommon for us to develop anxieties, and they are often related to uncertainties about the future.

Research shows that anxiety is amongst the most common mental health issues in older people.

Anxiety in older Australians can be caused by financial insecurity, health issues, loss of independence end-of-life planning, grief and loss, amongst other causes.

Anxiety can be very painful, leading to poor physical health and quality of life. But, as we age, we should be enjoying life more, not less!

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the most common type of anxiety disorder diagnosed in older adults. This causes racing thoughts, constant worrying, and a feeling of hopelessness. Older adults with GAD aren’t able to sleep or concentrate as well. You may also feel tired, irritable, and sick in the stomach.

Changes in weight, appetite, or eating habits, sleep problems and social withdrawal may also occur.

Nerves and anxiousness are common in both young and old people but when they start to overwhelm you and affect your daily life, it could be time to take action.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool to help you to combat anxiety.

It is not life itself that causes anxiety, it is the way we think about life. By changing the way we think, we can change the way we feel. And this gives us control.

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation that allows you to change the way you think about things. Under hypnosis you learn to take control of your thoughts and the way you react to what life throws at you.

The process of hypnosis is itself very pleasant and similar to a deep meditation, except, instead of battling to concentrate, you are gently guided into a state of deep relaxation. Once there, your subconscious mind is able to learn positive ways of thinking and dealing with everyday life.

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