Treating Anxiety the Natural Way
Many of us struggle with chronic anxiety on a daily basis, whether it is work-related or having difficulty fulfilling daily obligations. Anxiety can be very hard to deal with and oftentimes, can bring on anxiety attacks and panic attacks. There are several methods to manage anxiety without having to resort to strong and habit-forming prescription drugs.
Some common symptoms of anxiety are feelings of tension, irritation, agitation, nervousness, fluttering heart, ‘butterflies’ in your stomach, racing heart, and chest pain. If you experience these symptoms, there are a number of ways to manage them without the aid of doctor-prescribed drugs.
Natural Remedies to Manage Anxiety
Natural remedies to help with anxiety have proven to be effective when they are done on a consistent basis. Some of the holistic ways of dealing with anxiety are:
- Partake in daily exercise
- Meditate several times per week
- Keep a journal and write in it daily
- Keep a time-management log (to help better organize your obligations and mitigate feeling overwhelmed)
- Herbal tea
- Herbal supplements
- Spending time with animals
Therapy and speaking with a counselor can also help better manage the symptoms that come with chronic anxiety. Counselors can teach you coping mechanisms and tactics that can help you deal with anxiety when it ensues. Therapy can help patients understand where their anxiety stems from and what triggers their symptoms. Knowing this can help them avoid situations that can cause bouts of anxiety, stress, and tension.
The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly used and most effective forms of therapy as it relates to managing anxiety. This type of therapy is designed to help teach you how to better control your level of anxiety so that your worrisome train of thought and fears can be handled.
CBT works by addressing patterns of negativity in the way that we view ourselves as well as the way that we see the world. This type of therapy encompasses two components:
- Cognitive Therapy: Looks at negative thoughts as they affect anxiety.
- Behavior Therapy: Examines your response and reaction to an occasion that triggers anxiety.
Essentially, CBT works to examine and decode how our thoughts affect the way that we feel. For example, if an individual gets anxiety at the thought of being in a social setting, it is not the situation that induces anxiety, it is the perception of the scenario that triggers fear.
Medication is not always the answer to handling anxiety as oftentimes it is just a bandaid method; as soon as the medication isn’t taken, the symptoms creep back. Holistic and natural remedies for dealing with anxiety are not habit-forming can have major long-term benefits. It’s always worth learning about the natural approaches to dealing with anxiety as opposed to resorting to prescription drugs right from the start.
If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, there are many holistic approaches to anxiety that can have positive outcomes. Finding the right combination of treatment modalities in place can render success in dealing with stress, fear, and anxiety.
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