Anxiety is perfectly normal emotion to feel, especially if you’re under a lot of stress. However if you find yourself feeling anxious more of the time than not, and feel like it’s beginning to affect your day-to-day life then this is when anxiety can become a problem.
Some people suffer from anxiety following a particularly stressful experience, whereas others can develop anxiety for no apparent reason.
The symptoms of anxiety can be extremely distressing and scary for anyone suffering from it. Psychological symptoms include being unable to concentrate, feeling constantly restless, on edge or irritable, and being easily distracted. Physical symptoms of anxiety include headaches, dizziness, diarrhoea, heart palpitations, muscle aches, shortness of breath, excessive sweating and even panic attacks.
Unfortunately and inexplicably there can still be some stigma surrounding mental illnesses like anxiety and people often don’t realise how debilitating it can be unless they’ve suffered from it themselves at some point in their lives. Because of this it takes a lot of courage for some people to eventually seek help from their GP.
Disadvantages of prescribed drugs
There are a whole variety of different drugs that your GP could prescribe you to treat symptoms of anxiety; however as with any kind of drug they can cause a whole host of unpleasant side effects. Side effects may include nausea, lowered sex-drive, diarrhoea, constipation, dry mouth, loss of appetite, sweating, insomnia and feeling agitated. As you can imagine it can be extremely disappointing and disheartening for anyone suffering from anxiety if they pluck up the courage to seek help for their condition only to end up with a whole host of other problems related to the medication they’re prescribed.
Treating anxiety naturally
For many people natural and psychological treatments for anxiety are safer and more reliable than prescription drugs. There are many different types of natural treatment to choose from, so sometimes it can be a case of trial and error until you find something that works for you. Everyone is different and people suffer from different symptoms for different reasons, so what works for one person may not work for another. Here are a just a few of the natural treatments that may help you to cope with anxiety.
Your acupuncturist will look carefully at your individual symptoms and identify any imbalances in your body that are causing your symptoms so that they can focus your treatment on these problem areas. Acupuncture can help to relieve the symptoms of anxiety by acting on the areas of the brain that reduce sensitivity to pain and stress. Acupuncture can also help to promote relaxation and ‘deactivate’ the analytical part of your brain that produces feelings of stress and worry.
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy is also known as CBT and is very effective at changing the behaviour that causes stress and anxiety in many people. For many people stress and anxiety is caused by the way that they negatively interpret the things that go on around them. Cognitive behavioural therapy teaches people to realise the link between the way that they think and the way that they feel and helps them to correct negative and harmful thought patterns.
Yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques
For many people our hectic, contemporary lifestyles leave very little time for reflection and relaxation. If you’re suffering from anxiety then it is extremely important that you take time out your daily routine to forget about everything that has happened during the day, enjoy the sound of silence, and consciously relax your body. Yoga and meditation can help you to reach a deeper state of relaxation and teach you to focus your mind to help to control and combat anxiety.