Self-hypnosis can give you that extra boost needed to feel relaxed and comfortable wherever you are, no matter who you meet.
- Does walking into a room full of strangers terrify you?
- Do you get nervous, feel sick, want to run when faced with possible confrontation?
- Do you feel you have nothing to contribute to conversations, so you stay quiet?
- Do you get tongue-tied or embarrassed when talking to the opposite sex?
- Do you put off making changes in your life because meeting new people stops you?
- Do you turn down invitations to events because you feel too nervous to attend?
- Do you feel intimidated by others at work?
- Do you feel as though you are standing on the outside of life, looking in?
Being the center of attention in a crowd, entering a room full of people, or being introduced to someone new can be a nerve-racking situation that some people would rather avoid at all costs. Being heard by others, joining in a conversation, or asking a question is something you may feel anxious about, so you stay quiet.
All these challenges can seem so daunting, and just thinking about them can fill you with dread. When you actually do pluck up courage to act, you’re struck dumb with nerves or stutter and stammer or blush bright red, maybe excusing yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. But if avoidance continues unchecked, emotional and physical symptoms can occur, such as panic and anxiety attacks, eating disorders, agoraphobia, low self-esteem, and in severe cases, alcohol or drug abuse.
Human beings are social animals, so when we interact with others, we are fulfilling a basic "human need". Hypnotherapy can reprogram your subconscious mind and put a halt to those negative thoughts and feelings that stop you enjoying that interaction with others.
Sharon Shinwell is a UK-qualified clinical Hypnotherapist who has been helping people with fears and phobias for many years.