Anxiety is a normal human emotion, but sometimes with the appropriate trigger (a frightening event), the anxiety begins to have a life of its own and gets out of hand.
Although Generalized anxiety (excessive worry about evertyhing) is probably the most common anxiety disorder, the most familiar form of anxiety talked about is the panic attack. I’m sure you are familiar with anxiety symptoms. The following are too familiar to you:
1. Feeling short of breath, you throat squeezing, and feeling like you are about to die.
2. Feeling like you are having a heart attack, but told by your doctor there is nothing medically wrong.
3. Feeling trapped in places where you can’t easily escape, like public speaking, at the store, or at a social gathering.
4. Feeling depressed being unable to enjoy getting out and around others
5. Worried you anxiety is going to come on suddenly in the most embarrassing places
6. Frightened to go into traffic or approach that bridge
7. Worried to go shopping or to be around crowds of people.
8. Thoughts in your head that scare you that just won’t stop
9. Thinking you may pass out and faint while feeling light headed
10. Feeling you may lose control and do something harmful, embarrassing, or dangerous.
11. Feeling disconnected from others and reality.
12. Feeling worried you well live afraid for the rest of your life.
The Best Treatments for Anxiety
First, there is an option for anxiety treatment without medications and without having to go to a therapist. If you are ready to address you anxiety, this is how. If you feel you need someone to help you personally, you can seek a professional counselor, but be prepared to spend a lot of money and time with a therapist.
1. Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); individual therapy: These approaches are very important. Studies have shown that therapy along or therapy with medication does better in the long run than just therapy alone. That means, medications only work short term. If you want a long lasting treatment or even possibly a cure, you are going to want this approach.
2. Aerobic Exercise: Probably the least utilized and one of the most beneficial treatments for anxiety is aerobic exercise. It does not have to be much: 30 min 5 times per week. This type of exercise has proven benefits to reducing panic attacks and general anxiety. It will also improve your figure, self confidence, and energy level.
3. Relaxation and Meditation: Tai Chi is very good. Learning deep breathing exercises and doing then through the day is helpful. Learning how to meditate with visual imagery can be helpful. Thinking about a place, such as on a beach and having a nice relaxing time. Progressive relaxation is another popular technique. One final way with to get a biofeedback machine. These help you learn how to relax.
4. Massage: There is nothing like a good massage. It releases the tension built up in muscles, especially those in the back and neck that can lead to headaches. A good massage therapist can zero-in on you tense muscles an it is simply amazing how much better one can feel after. If you have never had one, an inexpensive way to begin to to look-up a local massage school. They usually charge 1/3 the amount of a therapist in practice.
5. Herbal Remedies: Used by many as an alternative to prescription medications, doctors, and therapist. Many claim they work well and the Chinese have used them for thousands of years.
Anxiety is a very treatable condition. You can find an anxiety treatment without medications that will work for you. Remember, people are different. If one method doesn’t work for you, keep trying!
Make sure you are doing the simple things to treat your anxiety like getting aerobic exercise and learning how to relax. These don’t have to be difficult or time consuming and they can really help.
Unlike prescription medications, behavioral (therapy) interventions provide longer effects, and even a cure.