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Anxiety Triggers

Anxiety Triggers

Health issues

A health diagnosis that’s upsetting or difficult, such as cancer or a chronic illness, may trigger anxiety or make it worse. This type is very powerful because of the immediate and personal feelings it produces.


Certain prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications may trigger symptoms of anxiety. That’s because active ingredients in these medications may make you feel uneasy or unwell.


Many people rely on their morning cup of coffee to wake up, but it might actually trigger or worsen anxiety. People with panic disorder and social anxiety are especially sensitive to the anxiety-inducing effects of caffeine.

Skipping meals

When you don’t eat, your blood sugar may drop. That can lead to jittery hands and a rumbling tummy. It can also trigger anxiety.

Negative thinking

Your mind controls much of your body, and that’s certainly true with anxiety. When you’re upset or frustrated, the words you say to yourself can trigger greater feelings of anxiety.

Financial concerns

Worries about saving money and having debt can trigger anxiety. Unexpected bills or money fears are triggers, too.

Parties or social events

If a room full of strangers doesn’t sound like fun, you’re not alone. Events that require you to make small talk or interact with people you don’t know can trigger feelings of anxiety, which may be diagnosed as social anxiety disorder.


Relationship problems, arguments, disagreements – these conflicts can all trigger or worsen anxiety. If conflict particularly triggers you, you need to learn conflict resolution strategies.


Daily stressors like traffic jams or missing your train can cause anyone anxiety. But long-term or chronic stress can lead to long-term anxiety and worsening symptoms, as well as other health problems.

Public events or performances

Public speaking, talking in front of your boss, performing in a competition, or even just reading aloud is a common trigger of anxiety.

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Tips for People with Social Anxiety

Tips for People with Social Anxiety

1. Remember everyone is self-conscious. Social anxiety is common, and many people experience it. If you’re at a party and feel really anxious about introducing yourself to new people, remember that other people might feel the same way.

2. Pause to examine the evidence. When you’re feeling anxious, take a moment and try identifying the anxious thoughts running through your head. Challenge them by asking questions such as: “What evidence do I have this is true?” and “Is there another explanation for what happened?” If someone responds curtly to you, you may have the anxious thought that “They think I’m boring.” What if you challenged that thought and instead considered another explanation: Maybe they were in a hurry, or maybe they were already on their way to talk to someone else when you approached them.

3. Imagine the worst-case scenario. Often, people with social anxiety think making a mistake will cause far worse consequences than it actually would. If you’re worried about something, such as stumbling over your words, ask what really would happen if you stumbled over your words. Would people really laugh at you? They’d probably barely notice it or quickly forget about it and continue the conversation.

4. Remind yourself anticipation is worse than reality. Often, our worries about an upcoming situation are worse than the situation itself. If you’re worried about striking up a conversation because you think you’ll have nothing to say, remind yourself that you only have to start with “Hello.” Once you begin the conversation, it gets a lot easier.

5. Bring a cheat sheet. Before going into an anxiety-inducing situation, anticipate what anxious thoughts you’ll have and challenge them on a piece of paper. Bring this piece of paper with you to the event. Then if you start feeling nervous, you can look at it to remind yourself of your thought challenges and calm yourself down.

6. Consider getting help. If you find social anxiety really is impacting your life (For instance, getting in the way of your career or relationships, or making it hard to go to social events you want to attend.), consider seeking help.

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Chris du Toit

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Chris du Toit | South African Institute of Hypnotism

Stop Smoking With Hypnosis

Stop Smoking With Hypnosis

We all know the dangers of smoking cigarettes and its affect on our health and wellbeing. There are many reasons people want to give up smoking. There are the obvious health risks for the smoker themselves, but their friends and families are also at risk through passive smoking. Maybe you’re fed up of going outside in the cold and wet to smoke or perhaps you’re fed up of your house smelling of smoke. No matter what the reason is for giving up smoking, Hypnotherapy can help you to achieve your goal.


Benefits of stopping smoking


Your body starts to repair itself as soon as you stop smoking and the risk of developing serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and strokes are reduced significantly. Some of the benefits of stopping smoking include:


  • Getting rid of your smoker’s cough

  • Breathing improves allowing you to exercise and walk around without getting short of breath

  • Energy levels increase

  • Reduction in stress and anxiety

  • General overall health improves

  • Smell and taste improve increasing your enjoyment of food and drink

  • Less frequent coughs, colds, sinus problems and chest infections

  • You’ll no longer smell of stale smoke and nor will your home

Call 079 323 3042 to book a session and finally stop smoking!

Golden Rule

Golden Rule

“Golden Rule: Love thy neighbour as thyself

For many this precept is complicated. How can I love my neighbour as myself if I don’t love myself? For that matter how can I love myself if I do not know myself.

Let’s use spiritual understanding to help us reveal the deepest and most concealed essence of this phase and its complexities:

With regards to knowing ourselves, some people spend a lifetime trying to get to know themselves. The truth is, we are meant to be ever evolving, changing and growing. Who we were ten years ago is certainly not who we are today, and as such to know ourselves is more journey than destination.

Furthermore, to truly love ourselves is to understand that we are divine beings. The strongest self-love is a total awe and regard for the fact that at our core we carry a spark of the Creator, which can never be belittled, tarnished or torn asunder. It is with a deep respect for Light within ourselves and others that we can begin to love.

Most importantly, for me, the times I have learned the most about who I am were not in moments of self-contemplation or even meditation, I discovered more and more when I stop so much on myself, and I start fixing my intention on how I can share my Light with others. The mind can become so heavy with worries, doubts, and anxieties, that at times it can feel impossible to defeat negative thoughts. Yet, the moment I busy myself with loving my neighbour – finding genuine ways to share more and care deeper, go further in the extra mile – I step out of my head space all together. The headaches dissipate. Worries are washed away. The darkness in our own lives is banished by the Light that we turn on for another. By sharing with, thus loving, our fellow beings, we are in the most profound of ways sharing with and loving ourselves.

In this way, we can see that the Creator is not giving us a rule at all, but a circuitry for how to derive the most joy in life. Note the structure of the sentence, the first part of the phrase asks us to love others, while the second suggest that we do so as we love ourselves.

Loving our neighbour is how we discover our own divinity and in turn our connection to the Light. To love thy neighbour as thyself is the key that unlocks the greatest of treasures: The bounty of fulfilment which the Creator seeks only to impart on us.”

Extract from Karen Berg

Director, Kabbalah Centre


Time to toughen up!

Time to toughen up!

As the Roman philosopher Seneca famously said, “Excellence withers without adversity.”

The idea of building resilience, ‘toughening up’ through adversity, has become, I think, a bit old-fashioned. As old-fashioned as a timeless and perennial principle can be! The spirit of our age has, to some extent, become one of victimhood and assumed fragility. Tolerance and understanding are vital in a healthy society, but a cure can so quickly become a poison in overdose.

If we remain coddled, eternally unoffended and unchallenged, we may weaken as individuals. And excellence may, as Seneca put it, wither and die.

No, we shouldn’t insult or belittle – but if we are protected from any form of judgement, we may become super sensitive and find offence where none was intended. In the extreme, everything becomes offensive. If we are kept in a soft prison of comfort, then we risk anything becoming uncomfortable. The person full of presumptions and narrow expectations is the one most easily offended.

Not having the chance to toughen up, learn to tolerate diverse opinions, or take feedback may make us miserable in the long term.

It’s through being offended and challenged that we find reserves of strength we may otherwise never have discovered. How much resourcefulness, strength, and heroism becomes buried for want of some kind of challenge or affront to assumptions?

No one becomes wise by simply being affirmed all the time.

If you infer that I am lazy, I can simply be offended and leave it at that. If I know there is no truth here, I can relax and move on. But if I feel some emotional disturbance, that may actually signal that I intuitively know you are right in some way. And if I’m not tough enough to take the feedback, I might just deflect it as you being horrible.

If it is true, and I can look at myself objectively, I have the chance to adapt and change.

Many people need to start to take it easy on themselves, offending themselves – but we need to be wary that our culture doesn’t become so over-cosseting that self-knowledge and resilience are driven out.

When we just take offence, we miss out on the opportunity to learn from different points of view. We stop taking feedback from life. But more than that, there is a real emotional danger in being led to believe we are more fragile and delicate than we actually are, and that comfort must be our number-one priority at all times.

Just as there are dangers in being excessively praised, so too we can begin to feel depressed and hopeless if we always look outside ourselves when we feel offended or emotionally crushed. Why? Because our locus of control is shifted from internal to external.

What happens when we hand over control?

When we base our behaviour and sense of self-worth on what other people say to us, we hand over control to external people and circumstances. We can lose that all important sense of self-reliance, of autonomy. This can lead to a form of learned helplessness 

So just as excessive physical ease and comfort can erode bone density, weaken the heart, and soften the muscles, so too a deficiency of psychological challenges can weaken resilience and reduce opportunities for growth and self-knowledge. We need to learn to negotiate life as active agents, rather than passive recipients of fate simply hoping or demanding others treat us well.

We can even encourage reasonable adversity as a strategy to help us become and stay strong.


Hypnotherapy and Religion

Hypnotherapy and Religion

The question of hypnotherapy and religion often comes up during discussions of client-centred hypnotherapy. What are the important issues that may be of concern to a client who has a personal relationship with God? How can this relationship enhance the hypno-therapeutic process? Paul G. Durbin, PhD., a United Methodist Minister, who is Director of Pastoral Care at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital and holds the rank of Brigadier General in the Louisiana National guard, responds to these questions in this chapter.

One may ask, “Why does a person of religious faith need hypnosis?” I believe that question can be responded to be referring to a statement of Jesus in John 10:10 (KJV), “I come that they may have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” Hypnosis is one of the gifts of God which helps people experience the more abundant life.

Jesus said, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Luke 4:18 (KJV). Jesus called his followers to “preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Luke 9:2 (KJV) These verses and others indicate that Jesus meant for his church to have a healing mission.

Obeying the commission of Jesus to heal the sick and in corporation with a doctor, the pastor can use hypnosis to reduce pain, to lessen the side-effects of chemotherapy and to hasten the healing process. By properly using hypnosis, we can heal the broken-hearted, bring deliverance to those on captivity to pain, give sight to the emotionally and spiritually blind and set at liberty those who are bound by unwanted habits.

The first recorded use of hypnosis is found in the book of Genesis 2:21-22 (ASV), “So the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon man, and while he slept he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which God took from the man He made into a woman and brought her to the man.” In this incident, God used hypnosis as an anaesthesia so that Adam felt no pain during the removal of his rib. Since that time, hypnosis has been used in almost every age and culture under a variety of names.