I first suffered from severe anxiety and insomnia during my finals at university. Due to all the stress of the exams and the worries surrounding them, I physically was unable to fall asleep at night and was awake for pretty much the whole two weeks of my exams. Then once they finished and the stress of taking exams was over, I felt calmer and my insomnia disappeared. Thank God! Or so I thought…
Once I got into my first corporate job in London after university, and I was given a huge workload and was told I had to do public speaking (which I had a huge a fear of back then) worries and fears started to enter my mind both in the day and at night and my old nemesis returned.
Suddenly I was back in the full throws of anxiety again , I couldn’t sleep, started blaming people for making the slightest noises, my mind was full of negativity and fearful thoughts, and I thought I was going mad. Oh yes my insomnia was back with a vengeance too. Except this time, the factors causing my insomnia weren’t going to just go away and I didn’t want to leave my job either.
So what could I do to fix this? How could I keep my demanding job and STILL sleep like a baby?
So I began the arduous journey of experimenting with countless relaxation products, followed conflicting online advice, tried recounting multiple positive affirmations, used pillow sprays, lavender baths, and lastly herbal sleeping pills. And although they helped me to relax to an extent, they still couldn’t turn off my active worrying mind at during the day and night so I STILL couldn’t fall asleep.
Great, now I had to contend with extreme grogginess in the day (from the herbal sleeping pills I tried), along with the despair of not sleeping too. I was at my wits end — perhaps you’ve been there too?!
Then something happened to change all this. Now I’m the kind of person that always wants to learn new things, so when I saw a hypnosis course advertised locally to me I signed up. I did have my reservations because I was so exhausted but I thought attending it could at best distract me from the misery of anxiety and insomnia. Not only that, one of my friends had said hypnosis was very relaxing and required hardly any mental effort unlike meditation. So I was sold!
During the course we were regularly put into deep state of hypnosis which felt amazing and deeply relaxing. Then suddenly after a few sessions my sleeping started to improve too. Not only that, I was feeling much calmer in the day and more confident too, the horrible feelings of fight or flight and shot nervous system were receding too and I had less intrusive thoughts to contend with.
Suddenly I was sleeping better and dealing with my workload much more efficiently, feeling more confident, not overreacting to small things, nor feeling so paranoid either. Eureka! I was able to sleep soundly and KEEP my demanding job too! Life felt good again.
After seeing my transition from a frazzled collegue into a more confident contender at work, a number of colleagues asked me for my help in addressing their anxiety and sleeping problems. They too had been suffering from crippling anxiety due to work demands and the constant chatter of a worrying mind.
So I started teaching my colleagues the techniques that worked on me as well as giving them hypnosis sessions. Soon enough they started to feel calmer and their sleeping improved too. After seeing the positive results of my hypnosis sessions and the techinques I was using, I decided to leave my 9-5 job and embark on a rewarding career as a hypnotherapist specialising in helping people with anxiety and sleep issues. I have helped treat variety of different anxiety issues to date which makes my job never boring.
If you would like to find out if I can assist you too or a loved one, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I will be happy to help or if not I can direct you in the appropriate direction. Alex xx