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Spider season is fast approaching, I say ‘spider season’, it’s actually their mating season and that’s exactly why they are moving inside; the females are looking for a warm humid place to shelter for the winter with their egg sack and the males are looking for an attractive female spider to mate with. 
 
I have created a series of three ‘spider’ blogs that I shall be posting over the next 3 days. The first is about my personal story of overcoming my fear of spiders, the second covers removing and deterring spiders from the home and the third is an NLP technique for relieving anxiety. 
 
My Story 
So many people have a fear of spiders (arachnophobia) and I believe it is the most common fear in the world and I too once had a fear of spiders, to the point where I have been teased by people who have caught a spider and then threatened to put it on me as a joke and I would beg and plead for them not to with tears rolling down my face. 
One day I thought enough was enough. I designed a programme of therapy techniques, ones that I teach to clients, to use on myself. It took a few weeks but a day came when it was time, I went and faced my fear. I visited a local reptile shop that sells tarantulas and asked for them to help me. 
If you have a fear of the dentist then you probably want to watch this video. 
 
This is a quick tip that will reduce moments of stress and/or anxiety. 
Here is a wonderful and very interesting success story form a previous client. 
 
Fear of flying was so bad for Mum of three, Ali that she developed a painful outbreak of psoriasis at the prospect. It almost ruined the holiday of a lifetime but Ali was determined not to be beaten and was given my details from a personal fitness instructor based in Basingstoke. 
 
I worked with Ali to produce a realistic, effective and personalised treatment plan so that she could not only put her anxiety and panic behind her, but relax on the flight and enjoy her family holiday to Las Vegas. 
 
Another success story, this one is from a former Doctor - keep climbing higher and higher Doc! 
 
For most of us, a family day out cycling to the top of a mountain with amazing views sounds idyllic, but for Georgia, also a keen triathlete, this would trigger crippling anxiety. Worrying that she would pass on her phobia to her children, former Doctor Georgia contacted me after a past client recommended me to her. 
 
When faced with the heights involved in mountain biking or the other activities that she and her family enjoy, Georgia found that she would freeze or cry uncontrollably and said that even high bridges or walkways could trigger a stress reaction. 
Anxiety seems to be a big thing these days, we all experience it on some level and some peoples’ experience of anxiety is gargantuan but it’s a perfectly normal and natural feeling! 
Anxiety is just our body and brain looking after us, so if you have ever experienced the feelings then well done, praises your mind and body for doing its job. 
 
If you can experience it, then of course you can “un-experience” it and I know those of you reading this who have Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or suffer from anxiety on a regular basis will be thinking that I’m talking out of my derrière, right? 
Now here’s the thing, you were not born with GAD, it’s just learnt behaviour and I am going to give you a tool that I frequently use in my practice to help you to manage those symptoms. Please don’t think that anxiety is going to leave you forever, it is there to help you and to look after you. 
So I have started blogging - and about time too! 
Now to get the ball rolling I have a lovely heartwarming story that was printed in the Andover Advertiser Newspaper from Georgie (a client of mine) who had struggled with her practical driving test for almost 20 years. 
Her confidence behind the wheel was very low and she would struggle with getting out of the driveway. Georgie had told me during the free initial consultation about a tragic motorcycle accident and it was then I knew that was what her underlying issue was. 
 
I just love this story and I am so proud of her, WELL DONE GEORGIE there is no stopping you now. 
 
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