Researchers reveal new link between anxiety & lower attention

Did you know that anxiety can also affect your attention span? Researchers have found that there is a link between these conditions.

If you have anxiety, then you’re more likely to have attention disorders. Researchers believe there is a brain connection between them. Initial studies on teens reveal that they’re more likely to have both issues together.

If you have anxiety or trouble concentrating, consider these discoveries:

The link between anxiety and attention. Researchers at the University of Texas discovered that your anxiety and attention span are linked.

They found that teens who have anxiety are also more likely to perform worse in school because of attention issues. They also saw a connection between anxiety and other mental health issues like depression and suicide.

Researchers shared that in some cases anxiety appeared first while in other cases attention span issues appeared first. Recognizing the first issue can help families deal with the second one.

Teens who had issues concentrating were also more likely to have anxiety. Experts believe there is a deeper reason for this in the brain.

Unconscious anxiety. Medical experts believe unconscious anxiety can explain some cases of attention deficit disorders. Unconscious anxiety occurs when you don’t recognize you’re actually suffering from worry and concern. You have trouble concentrating, so you
blame it on your poor attention span. However, in reality, your unconscious anxiety is actually preventing you from being able to focus.

The root of this anxiety can be buried among deeper emotional issues.

Overlapping symptoms. The symptoms of anxiety and attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder can overlap. The shared symptoms can include having
trouble concentrating and focusing on one task. They can also include not
having control over your impulses, being irritable, feeling scared and being
afraid to try new things.

It’s not always easy to tell apart anxiety and attention disorders.

Treatment and help. If you or someone you care about has anxiety and attention issues, seeking help may bring real benefits.

Treatment options can include medication to control anxiety and help attention spans.

Another treatment option is therapy that helps adjust behaviour.

Meditation and relaxation are also commonly used to help with both disorders.

The role of learning disabilities. It’s important to avoid overlooking learning disabilities that can exacerbate anxiety and attention issues. Researchers have noticed that all three issues can occur together.

In some cases, learning disabilities are not caught right away as a child starts school.

Children are sometimes able to compensate for their learning disabilities, so the issues go undiagnosed.

However, anxiety and attention disorders can be worse in children with learning disabilities.

By focusing on the learning issues, these kids have the chance to succeed in school and reduce their anxiety.


A child with a learning disability can feel anxious before every test or quiz in school and try to avoid classes. In addition, the same child can be so stressed out that they’re unable to concentrate on the simplest tasks. The learning disability makes these issues stronger and more difficult to treat.

It’s important to note that kids aren’t the only ones who suffer from all three conditions.

Adults can spend years being misdiagnosed or not getting the proper treatments.

Anxiety and attention issues can appear together. If you or a loved one suffers from
these issues, current research can help you understand what is happening in the
brain and seek treatment that can help.

If you require more help, call Charlestown Hypnotherapy.

A Startling Fact About Performance Anxiety

A Startling Fact About Performance Anxiety

Choking under pressure is a common response whether you’re playing the lead in the third grade Christmas play or giving an important business presentation.

Unfortunately, about 90% of people handle stressful situations poorly.

A recent experiment shows that getting excited works better than trying to calm down. During a public singing contest, students were given various instructions. Those who said, “I am excited,” scored an average of 81% compared to 69% for those who said, “I am anxious,” and 53% for those who said, “I am calm.”

Learn how to use anxiety to your advantage when you’re in high stress situations.
These tips will help you to perform better even when your palms are sweating.
Encouraging Yourself to Get Excited

  • Remain fired up. It’s difficult to calm down when your body is on high alert.
    Excitement is an easier state to capture when you feel anxious and your heart rate
    is up.
  • Distract yourself from self-doubts. You may have an interior monologue going on criticising what you’re saying or how you look. Divert your attention to pleasant mental images or focus on the people around you.
  • Focus on the positive. Think about what you have to gain in the situation. Focus
    on entertaining or helping your audience rather than worrying about forgetting
    your lines or losing your job.
  • Put aside the outcomes for the moment. Lose yourself in the process. Enjoy what you’re doing for its own sake.
  • Rename your feelings. Tell yourself you’re excited. Your brain will like that better than being anxious.
  • Remember the benefits of anxiety. Anxiety has its positive side. It motivates us to take action. Without some anxiety, we would have little incentive to work or do anything challenging.
  • Accept your feelings. Realise that anxiety is natural. Everyone experiencesuncertainty and wonders what will happen in the future. By some estimates,about 20% of people report that their performance suffers when they feel tense.
  • Seek long term peace. While it’s difficult to calm down on short notice, serenity is still a worthwhile goal. Your mind and body need time to recover afterdemanding experiences. Manage stress, get good quality sleep, and make timefor relaxation.
  • Evaluate advice. High anxiety makes people more likely to seek outside adviceand less likely to assess it accurately. Think before you follow someone else’s recommendations. Consider how to adapt them to your own circumstances.
  • Engage in rituals. Even irrational practices can help. Many athletes hold onto lucky bottle caps or wear a certain pair of socks. Find your own good luck charm!
  • Beware of manipulation. Unfortunately, researchers also found that anxious people were more likely to attract advisors who would deliberately mislead them. Be extra careful if you have any doubts.
  • Acknowledge genetics. There’s a strong hereditary basis for stress responses. Some people are more physiologically sensitive. But, everyone can learn to become more resilient.
  • Empathise with yourself and others. Anxiety is often confused with weakness. While you’re learning to manage your emotions, give yourself credit for becoming more adept. Encourage others who are going through similar struggles.
  • Seek professional advice. If anxiety is interfering with your life, there are effective treatments. Call Charlestown Hypnotherapy, Hypnosis is a wonderful way to stop anxiety.
  • You can make anxiety work for you. Just stop calling it anxiety and tap into your excitement. You’ll feel better and enjoy more success.

    Finding Balance, going home.

    Balancing your life through Hypnosis

    In this time of uncertainty, I have spoken to a lot of people who feel out of balance. 

    Being stuck inside with limited exposure to their usual daily life can throw people out. Of course I realise that a lot of people are still going about their normal life and normal work, but they too are feeling the affects of all the “stuff” going on at the moment. In Buddhist teachings they talk about taking refuge in the teachings, the teachers or group and the Buddha (The three jewels).

    Balancing your life through Hypnosis

    This helps to guide people to not fall into external and negative things to make them feel good. Some people I work with are addicted to foods, cigarettes or alcohol. In a similar fashion,  they are taking refuge or solace In these external things. 

    They can feel worn down by the world, or overwhelmed and forget about self care. There are some simple things that people forget:


    1. Care for yourself. It sounds simple, but many of us simply don’t do this because we think we are being selfish or that our own needs are not important. We need to know that it is ok to care about yourself. Compassion for yourself means showing concern for your own feelings as well as for others. Treat yourself the way you would treat your children or your best friend—with gentleness, concern and caring.

    2. Give yourself time to change, for some this time when we are at home may be a great time to learn a new skill. I think it is a perfect time to learn meditation. Or to read, learn to slow down.  This to me is such a wonderful time to pause and reflect. To take stock of your life and your priorities. 

    3. Grounding, which I believe is so important and underrated. This is simply getting in touch with nature, gardening, walking, just touching nature, when we are so surrounded by unnatural materials. 

    I feel this time is a gift to lots of people to emerge from their old lives and to go back to ‘normal’ life when that happens knowing that things will be different. Maybe, better. Maybe looking at the world around us, and people in our lives in a more positive way. 

    Especially ourselves.

    If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, overeating, emotional eating, or wish to stop smoking or stop drinking then give Charlestown Hypnotherapy a call. It really is the perfect time for a change.