Self-help for generalized anxiety disorderHypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ in Berlin
Self-help for a generalized anxiety disorder
Here are a few ways you can do something constructive yourself if you are experiencing a generalized anxiety disorder.
- What is a generalized anxiety disorder?
- Self-help for generalized anxiety disorder
- Just ask me personally
What is a generalized anxiety disorder?
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a very common anxiety disorder in our culture. While the more widespread worries that everyone is probably familiar with relate to one area of life, in the case of generalized anxiety disorder, all areas of life are affected.
A generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about several different things. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry.
Normal life is considerably more difficult or impossible for those affected, as they are afraid of many things and the anxiety triggers are wide-ranging. The fear is not related to a specific situation or causes that can be named, a wide variety of stimuli are experienced as anxiety-triggering.
Self-help for generalized anxiety disorder
Break the vicious cycle of GAD and worry. Do something beneficial for yourself in addition to psychotherapy.
1. Stop exaggerated avoidance behavior
Whenever possible, seek out the places you have been avoiding out of fear. After a bit of getting used to the situation, your body will calm down all by itself. With professional support, this can be more effectively done.
2. Face the challenges
Address the issues that frighten you. Step by step and with some assistance if necessary. Many things that seemed threatening before turn out to be harmless upon closer examination.
3. Relaxation techniques
When you experience anxiety symptoms throughout the day, it is important to design a daily ritual of formal relaxation. Explore the personal effectiveness of relaxation techniques, such as the widely used progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training, and breathing exercises.
This will help your body to explore what relaxation feels like and will promote calmness during other times of the day. You can use pre-recorded relaxation tapes or practice a form of meditation.
My clients learn self-hypnosis with elements of Hypnobalancing™ and easy-to-learn breathing techniques for this purpose. These skills will help quiet your thoughts and loosen your muscles.
4. Physical training
Stress hormones are reduced more quickly through exercise and physical well-being is greater in a healthy and fit body. So exercise, take care of your body. Do this in consultation with your doctor.
Repetitious, unproductive thoughts are one of the central elements of generalized anxiety. Rather than staring at the physical symptoms of anxiety like a rabbit at a snake, focus on something as positive as possible that needs your full attention.
6. Emotional connections
Find out what emotional burdens are waiting to be addressed. Often there are pending issues that need clarification. Put down ballast.
For about two decades, I am specialized in the field of fears and anxiety disorders. I spend about 20 hours a week helping people to free themselves from their limitations and thereby gain a better quality of life. If you want to know how it all started and what you should know about me, please read my profile. And yes, therapy is a very personal matter: Because it is a very intensive collaboration, I reveal some details about myself. So you can get a first impression of me. Trust is important and that is why I focus on transparency.
The sessions are conducted either in German or English.
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Be sure to read the following notice
Before contacting me, please read the detailed information on fees, booking, contraindications of hypnotherapy, and the answers to other common questions (FAQ). I would be happy to discuss your specific needs with you in a free preliminary telephone consultation.
These pages are intended to provide information to those interested in psychotherapy with hypnotherapy. They are neither intended to replace psychotherapy nor a personal consultation, examination, or diagnosis by a licensed physician. I am not a medical doctor. I am specialized to help people with fears and anxiety disorders. The profession of a hypnotherapist (official permission to practice psychotherapy according to the HPG) is fundamentally different from the practice of a medical doctor. Medical diagnoses are not made, nor are promises of healing made or medications prescribed. A medical or psychiatric intervention, if necessary, is not to be replaced by hypnotherapeutic treatment under any circumstances.
If you have questions about psychotherapy with hypnosis, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to inform you.
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Published: March 1, 2008
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: January 27, 2022
Translation: August 22, 2019