Mind Body Clinical Hypnotherapy’s Venessa Nickless will be hosting a free online class next week to help people deal with their anxiety through the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Patrick Woods
Mind Body Clinical Hypnotherapy’s Venessa Nickless will be hosting a free online class next week to help people deal with their anxiety through the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Patrick Woods

Dealing with anxiety through coronavirus crisis

A HYPNOTHERAPIST on the Sunshine Coast is offering a free service to help residents deal with anxiety and weight concerns as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts our way of life.

Mind Body Clinical Hypnotherapy’s Venessa Nickless is urging us all to consider what impacts the COVID-19 outbreak may have on our mental health, as the unknown period presents its own range of challenges.

She said many might find themselves struggling to deal with a lack of connection or the affects of self-isolating.

“A lot of people with anxiety haven’t got the tools to be able to relax themselves enough to get through the day,” she said.

“I’ve had one person tell me that they don’t suffer from anxiety but they feel that they will start to because they’re at home in lockdown and they don’t know how to cope.

“Even people who haven’t suffered from anxiety in the past, this situation can bring on, very easily, those emotions.”

While many might put their mental health on the backburner, Mrs Nickless said maintaining physical wellbeing was just as vital.

Venessa Nickless is offering a free service to help residents deal with anxiety and weight concerns as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts our way of life. Photo: Patrick Woods
Venessa Nickless is offering a free service to help residents deal with anxiety and weight concerns as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts our way of life. Photo: Patrick Woods

“There’s something about walking out the door to go to the gym or a pilates studio, and having somebody instruct you, compared to having the willpower to do it yourself at home,” she said.

“Whether you might be bored or anxious, going into your cupboard and picking up something to eat is going to just be so easy.

“Unless people are good at going on to those free online exercise programs, I think weight will be a big issue because a lot of people eat when they’re stressed.”

To help combat these issues, Mrs Nickless will host a free, online hypnosis session on April 1 from 7pm.

She said the therapeutic treatment would allow participants to feel calm and grounded through a tumultuous period.

“In this time, I know that a lot of people are losing jobs and worried about money as well, so I just wanted to get the word out to let people understand more about how hypnotherapy can work,” she said.

“A lot of people think it’s just hypnosis where you’re acting like a chicken, but clinical hypnotherapy is very different.

“I’m not doing it to get more clients, I’m doing it to genuinely help people.”

For more information on Mrs Nickless’ session, head to her website.