Archive for the “Anxiety” Category

Posted on 06 Oct 2012
Anxiety

How to Deal With Panic Attacks in a Natural Approach

Breathlessness, heavy breathing, palpitations, severe anxiety and stress are some of the symptoms you may experience while having a panic attack. Although these symptoms may sound aggravating and can contribute more on your panic attack, there are several approaches that you can do to manage this situation in a natural way. Below are some techniques you can use without worrying any side effects of medication.

Do deep breathing exercises.

The most inexpensive and the single most effective method you can use to calm your stresses, anxieties and panic attacks is deep breathing. Taking in a couple of deep breaths during an acute panic attack can help you tremendously. It calms you nerves, tensions and can give way clarity for you to be able to think intelligently and creatively.

Whenever you perceive a panic attack coming, take a moment to sit down, close your eyes and blow away any anxious thoughts and emotions. You’ll eventually find yourself better and more relaxed.

Change your lifestyle.

There are several factors that may cause your panic attacks. These attacks can root from living a sedentary lifestyle, cigarette smoking, alcoholism or severe stress. Often times, these factors can trigger your anxiety and panic mode and the only means to overcome these attacks is to modify your lifestyle.

This approach may sound difficult and may seem impossible at first but the result you’ll get is astounding! You just need to have a positive mindset that you can change your old habits and welcome a healthier lifestyle.

Act now and start to quit smoking, follow a healthy diet and increase your activity. In the long run, you’ll have a healthier, longer life and the chances of you having a panic attack are decreased.

Consider self hypnosis.

Behavioral therapy or hypnotherapy can actually aid you in controlling and your panic attacks. If you highly suffer from chronic anxiety and panic situations, you may want to consider a consultation from a hypnotherapist or try self hypnosis.

This technique is believed to be the single most effective and cost-efficient self-help program that can root out stimuli and factors that trigger your attacks. These stimuli may come from a physical or emotional trauma.

This program can help you change your perceptions that trigger your attacks. It also guides you through a better understanding that the current “panic situation” you’re experiencing is not threatening at all. To make things simpler, self hypnosis can help you change the way you think or feel on a certain object, person or an event and can also modify the way you act when these factors are triggered.

Posted on 28 Sep 2012
Anxiety

Facial Blushing Cures

It is true that facial blushing is normal and all of us, at one point or another, have had occasion to blush. However, if you experience excessive blushing I am certain you will share my opinion that it can be an extremely stressful time when you are the only individual blushing.

For the majority of us, being an open book to the others around us is definitely not desirable and typically, facial blushing is connected with being timid or being afraid. This is why increasingly a number of individuals experiencing facial redness and blushing are thinking about blushing cures to reduce its effects. Harsh cases of blushing are known as idiopathic cranio-facial erythema; more or less any minor trigger can result in very noticeable facial blushing. There are various kinds of blushing cures available for these conditions; psychological treatments, drug treatments and blushing surgery treatments.

Psychological Treatments

One of the main reasons for blushing is social phobia and direct psychological treatments typically produce exceptional results. Psychological treatment could include unintentional blushing which is widespread among individuals who experience social phobia. In the majority of cases, these conditions respond very well to treatment. Cognitive behavior therapy or CBT is a form of psychological treatment that is intended to assist individuals in changing their thinking patterns and behavior in social situations. Another commonly used psychological treatment is breathing techniques because anxiety symptoms are brought on by hyperventilation. Yet another method administered to treat facial blushing is fear confrontation; the patient receives assistance from a counselor in overcoming social fears and recovering from the social phobias.

Drug Treatments

Propanthelin, Ditropan and Robinol, in conjunction with a series of anticholinergic drugs are fine choices as it directly relates to excessive blushing and facial redness. These provide a more traditional approach and ought to be tried prior to the consideration of any surgical operation. This approach can supply patients with great results. Some choose to mix drugs such as Xanax with the blushing treatment. Other methods of treatment may include bio feedback, although this has not been established as being very effective. Clonidine, Beta-blockers and Anxiety medications are also utilized in facial blushing cures.

Blushing Surgery

Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy or ETS is a prospective treatment for facial blushing. It was considered to be responsible for reduced facial blushing in patients who utilized it for palmar hyperhidrosis treatments. However, later studies have concluded that ETS is not really a good alternative for this condition. The sweat levels it fabricates and the various side effects are strong arguments against the use of ETS for facial blushing cures. With ETS out of the equation, you can select one of the other treatments.

Posted on 13 Sep 2012
Anxiety

How to Cure Panic Attacks While Driving

Panic attacks while driving is a harrowing experience. Panic attacks (also known as anxiety attacks) in the street or at home are bad enough, but while driving, they can cause an extremely terrifying state of mind. Most people require a car to travel to work or maybe dropping children off at school. These everyday circumstances can drill fear into people who suffer from attacks.

There are various reasons why people suffer attacks while driving:

  • Previously involved in crash
  • Witnessed a bad crash
  • Enclosed space of car
  • Feeling of being rushed by other motorists
  • Feeling blocked in when in heavy traffic
  • Does any of the above sound familiar. If so then please continue reading as help is at hand…
Panic attacks in general, can kick in at any time without notice. The intense fear is harrowing. I used to have social phobia panic attacks while out shopping and they caused me to stay clear of driving as I was constantly in fear of having another attack. It made my life dependent on others — like friends and family — to get me around. And public transport made me feel very uncomfortable.

My condition was initially calmed by medication prescribed to me by my doctor, but I found this actually impeded my recovery as the medication made me drowsy and generally unmotivated. This is all well and good if you want to sit around the house all day, but when you have a job and you want to get to work on your own, it is soul-destroying. But I just did not have the confidence to put my hands on the wheel.

The drugs were not working for my driving phobia. I still kept thinking my condition would ultimately cause damage to someone. I still had a fear of losing control of the car. But now I know that many forms of attacks can be cured productively and for the long term…

The first step in my recovery was to be positive and believe that long term help was available. The quicker you realise that there is something out there for you the quicker you will have your hands on the wheel again, and, driving without the fear of a panic attack. For me, natural techniques worked far better than prescribed drugs. There are no side effects and they are still working for me today.

The techniques I used to cure my panic attacks while driving is to use Muscle Tension training and relaxation. In essence these techniques train your brain to recognise the signs of an on coming anxiety attack. I used to think that Panic attacks were sudden but they are not. They build up and kick in when your not expecting it.

The Muscle tension training is conducted once a day for 15 minutes. You actively tense part of your body starting from your hands up to the neck and down through the body. Squeeze and release the different muscle groups. After time you will train you brain to recognise what part of the body is tense, when you pick up on this sign it’s now time for relaxation.

Relaxation training requires you to sit upright, not laying down, with you hands by your side. A kitchen chair works well for me. You relax your brain by thinking of the most wonderful quiet place you have always wished of and take in the smells, temperature, the scenery… Think of this place for 10 minutes.

Now join the two techniques together. If your driving and you recognise your tense in a particular part of your body you know you have to use the relaxation technique. In a calm state, pull over where safe and sit in your car thinking of the wonderful place, calm your body and drive again. I even did this on the motorway in a huge traffic jam, I managed to control my anxiety.

These are just two techniques that I found invaluable. There are many more techniques that you will find extremely beneficial. Remember…You do not have a condition, it’s only a state of mind…

Posted on 29 Aug 2012
Anxiety

Tips for Natural Anxiety Relief

Relieving anxiety in natural ways is the best.

Not only are natural remedies to anxiety and stress the best way to eliminate these pesky issues, they are undoubtedly the easiest to incorporate into your everyday routine. Here we will talk about how regular people can do regular things and begin to feel marked relief from the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Since there are varied levels of anxiety, before we begin, let us outline the symptoms associated with moderate stress and anxiety so we all have a clear picture of what we are discussing. After, we will outline tips for dealing with and preventing these symptoms.

Light to moderate symptoms of stress and anxiety can still negatively affect a person’s life and daily routine.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • Sweating, either general dampness or profuse wetness
  • Distraction, being unable to concentrate on the task at hand
  • A dry mouth and a thirst that cannot be quenched
  • Tension and tightness in muscles
  • A racing heart or palpitations
  • Feeling shaky or jittery
  • A heaviness in the chest
  • Having a general feeling of impending doom

 

But learning to change your behavior or incorporate new behaviors into your routine can significantly decrease the occurrence of these symptoms and offer relief on a regular basis.

Here are tips for getting rid of stress and anxiety symptoms for good using natural behaviors.

Breathe. When you are feeling anxious you are absolutely holding your breath. This is a subconscious reaction to the anxiety that you are feeling. It seems counterintuitive since breathing is innate and normally a person pays no attention to it. But if you start to consciously attend to your breathing, you will feel your body relax. Practice by slowly inhaling deeply and then exhaling the same way. This should immediately bring you feelings of relaxation.

Move. When you are feeling anxious and dealing with stress the worst thing you can do is stay in a sedentary position for long periods of time. Get up, stretch, get your juices flowing, take a walk. If you move your body you change your brain for the better.

Imagination. When you are feeling anxious and stress has gotten the better of you, it helps to stop and take a mental vacation of sorts. Think of activities that help you feel safe, happy, relaxed. These could be thoughts of your favorite people, places where you enjoyed making childhood memories. Think of these places and then go there in your mind. Then feel your body relax and you’ll get a reprieve from your anxiety.

Kindness. When you are feeling anxious and you are down and out, try being a friend to yourself. Think about what you would do if one of your friends was dealing with this issue and came to you for some comfort. Be your own friend or seek out a friend to help you through these tough times.

Exercise. When you are feeling anxious and stress is your worst enemy, a regular exercise routine can be your best friend. This is actually a fool-proof method and there are many ways to fulfill the requirement. You could take a walk after lunch, you could dance around the house with your kids, you could swim in your neighbor’s pool, you could bike to the post office instead of taking your car. Research has found that exercise produces mood boosting chemicals dopamine and serotonin, therefore it is a very effective approach to natural anxiety and stress relief.

Laugh. When you are feeling anxious, laughter is the best medicine. Laughter generates both physical and psychological benefits like reduction in pain (both mind and body). Laughter helps fight viruses and foreign cells and even heals wounds.

Eat. When you are feeling anxious changing your diet can have positive results. The effects may not be immediate, but over the course of a few days you will notice a difference. Eat more power foods and less of the foods that are made with processed flour, sugar and caffeine. If you cut back on coffee you may feel better. Instead, eat things like almonds, cherries and berries. Instead of downing a latte have a cup of yogurt or an orange. You are guaranteed to feel better if you change your diet in this manner.

Try these and other changes in behavior for the relief of stress and anxiety.

However, if you are still suffering your anxiety symptoms may be considered more moderate than light and could also be classified as severe. In this case, it may be best to seek medical assistance.

Posted on 08 Aug 2012
Anxiety

Self Help for Anxiety

High anxiety and stress is a disorder that affects millions of people across the world. I am one such individual who suffered from prolonged periods of anxiety, stress, and panic attacks during a traumatic period in my life. You need to understand that this mental disorder is something that you can overcome. You do not have to live with it for the rest of your life. Self help for anxiety is an ideal where you take pro-active actions in order to take back your life.

Extended periods of high anxiety and stress take a tremendous toll out of your body both physically and mentally. Through television, radio, and the Internet the notion of prescription medication, advertised as being the solution to overcoming anxiety and stress saturates the media. Basically it is foolish for anyone suffering through this condition to believe what they read and hear. Any ethical and responsible professional practicing medicine would tell you this bluntly. Taking pills daily only treats, for a short term, the symptoms behind anxiety and stress. Medication, however, does not get to the root cause as to why people suffer through high anxiety.

Self help for anxiety involves all natural methods to treat your disorder. To begin with you need to take a step back and assess exactly why you suffer from this disorder. Was there a traumatic event in your life which turned it upside down? Or, is there something happening currently, or that will take place in the near future which has triggered your high level of stress? The first step towards self help is to your ability to analyze what is going on in your life. By all means I encourage you to consult a medical specialist to help you get to the root cause of your behavior. Just understand, again, that popping prescription pills into your mouth over the long term is not going to be the solution. Almost all prescription medication comes with side effects, by the way.

Once you, with the help of a psychiatrist, understands the trigger(s) in what makes your mind and body react negatively to anxiety and stress currently in your life, then you can begin a treatment plan. The most affective plan will be one designed around the notion allowing you to focus your mind away from negative thoughts which trigger high anxiety.

On your own, it is strongly suggested that you get involved in an activity to relax your mind and body. You may get involved with a hobby. In my case, I have long enjoyed computer Microsoft flight simulation. I have loved airplanes since I was a child. Participating in flight simulation took my focus away from the trigger(s) that caused my high level of anxiety. Instead, my mind was focused on a relaxing activity that I thoroughly enjoyed, and still do to this day. Engage in a hobby or activity that will provide the same relaxing feeling within your mind and body.

Yoga and meditation have long been considered for centuries as forms of activities that center on total mind and body relaxation. Consider these activities as excellent self-help methods to lower the stress and anxiety within your being. The overall aim of these relaxation exercises would also be to lower the all-important blood pressure readings taken to monitor your system. Long term anxiety and stress if untreated could be fatal. Consider the physical damage that a stroke, ulcer, or heart attack could have on your body if any of these conditions were to actually happen in your life.

Posted on 22 Jul 2011
Anxiety

Therapeutic Activity for Anxiety and Depersonalization

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.

Carol Welch

Feelings of anxiety and/or depersonalization often leave one feeling drained, both mentally and physically. This may lead to avoidance of outdoor activity in favor of spending more time brooding indoors. One begins to avoid any and all activities outside the home, due to the fear of worsening symptoms or the misconception of safety within the home. Nothing could be further from the truth! One takes their safety zone with them wherever they go, once they have learned to understand what this really consists of, and how to properly enforce it.

Once this is clearly understood, it is time to break the habit of introspection and avoidance of healthful and moderate activity. The cycle of worry, fear and self-doubt is fueled by isolation. Being alone with one thoughts feeds the fear. This is why it is more favorable to learn how to break out of this behavior and move forward. It is essential to learn how to forge past inaction with the use of the proper tools. By doing so with a sense of comfort and ease, one is able to re-enter the world with a clear mind and strong body.

The idea of exercise is not always embraced by those riddled with strong feelings of anxiety and depersonalization. They may feel weak, drained and unmotivated to take that first step back into normal living. This does not matter. Nothing matters except getting out that door and being in oxygen again. Forget about one’s notion of “exercise” and the what it denotes. This is not about rigid exercise, equipment, and teams. This merely includes walking down your street or road, without the encumbrance of worried thought. It’s simple, healing and leads to the clear and peaceful mind/body of recovery.

Requirements:

  • Rise in the morning.
  • Turn off the habit of rumination by rising immediately.
  • Put on comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • Eat light.
  • Step outdoors, but not before you leave that worried mind behind.

Movement and activity increases circulation, builds a body and most of all clears the cobwebs of a cluttered mind. One learns to overturn the habit of introspection while they reinforce positive behaviors. One builds physical and emotional muscle as inner strength improves. A strong body leads to a stronger mind as one begins to realize just how good they feel when they immerse themselves into even the slightest amount of activity.

Equipment is not required to achieve a sense of vitality. Any activity that takes your mind off yourself and into a more focused place, will result into a noticeable rejuvenation. You are allowing your mind to refresh, and this is where clarity resides.

Studies show the greatest benefits occur by merely walking 20 minutes daily:

1. Moods improve while participating in any outdoor activity. Serotonin, the “feel good” chemical, is released in the brain while doing any outdoor activity. Just being outdoors is brighter than any indoor lighting, even on cloudy days, which boosts your mood and sense of well-being.

2. Activity helps one think clearly and more so when being outdoors in oxygen.

3. Energy levels increase while doing any outside activity and this is a strong payoff.

4. Consider the following activities for your health and enjoyment:

– Gardening

– Biking

– Walking

– Swimming

– Tossing a ball with kids or pets.

5. When you are immersed in an activity, your focus is removed from an unproductive worry pattern and placed into a behavior that allows the mind to refresh, mainly because you are allowing it a very necessary break from constant worry and fear.

Make the decision to step outdoors, regardless of weather, and place one foot in front of the other. This mere act of daily walking will become addictive in the best way possible. Without the encumbrance of a worried mind, which by active choice, you will leave behind, you are making the most responsible decision for your own recovery. This could be one of the best decisions you have ever made, concerning your road out of anxiety and depersonalization. This, along with the process of “retraining the brain,” through specific mind exercises and using the food plan to create a less reactive mind and body, is your path out of anxiety and depersonalization. This is your choice alone, and making this vital decision could be your step out of anxious living and back into fulfillment and happiness.

Posted on 20 Jun 2011
Anxiety

What Is Anxiety and What Are Specific Anxiety Symptoms in Men?

In short, anxiety is an intense feeling of fear for no real reason. Although women are more prone to anxiety there is specific anxiety symptoms in men, which will be addressed in this article. The most important is to know that there is anxiety treatment without medication.

To be worried or panic or even to feel scared if you are under pressure, is normal and this is not what causes anxiety. Your body naturally respond to danger. It can be explained as an alarm that is going off to warn you that you are under some form of danger. It is when this feeling of fear becomes a constant feeling and starts interfering with your daily life activities that you should address it immediately. Anxiety symptoms in men are not unlike those in women. Both men and women can have similar symptoms and signs of anxiety.

So what is anxiety and anxiety symptoms in men specifically?

Restlessness and insomnia
Anxiety disorder cause restlessness and insomnia in most people and is one of the anxiety symptoms in men. Once a feeling of anxiousness & feeling on edge is experienced that is directed towards a man’s life, thoughts of fear will keep rushing through his mind. The result is that it is difficult to relax.

Exhaustion
Further anxiety symptoms in men will occur when developing emotional response to their anxiety disorder. Partially due to the inability to relax, exhaustion will become visible. This emotional impact triggers some hormones not to be released to his body. As soon as no epinephrine, cortical or adrenaline hormones are being released, the body react in an attempt to fight against the anxiety attack. Men might experience tension of muscles, increased heart beat or a rise of blood pressure. Unfortunately the body will keep reacting this way until the anxiety feeling subsides. This ongoing fight of your body to counteract your emotional distress wears your body down.

Cognitive Disruptions
Cognitive disruption might be one of the anxiety symptoms in men that will directly affect daily activities. It might manifest in different ways, such as being nervous or anxious; men might also experience irritability or become impatient. Although these symptoms might be normal it is when your anxiety becomes excessive and seems to focused on specific areas of your life, that you should be aware of them. Cognitive disruptions most probably will not be present all the time, but it will frequently distract your thoughts. You will also experience that it is affecting your concentration level.

Respiratory Disturbances
Blood pressure and an increased heart rate, as mentioned before, as some of the anxiety symptoms in men will affect your respiration.
A shortness of breath or the inability to get your breath back to normal will cause you to feel dizzy. This might frequently impact on you and you will experience respiratory disturbance, when you reach the height of your body’s emotional response.

Digestive Problems
One of the more common anxiety symptoms in men is digestive problems. The psychological state of the body reacting to stress cause hormonal changes, which result in loss of appetite or even nausea and diarrhea.

More Common Symptoms
Remember the feeling of being extremely scared, nervous or anxious or scared…most likely you sweated a bit. If multiplying that by the number 10, imagine the amount of perspiration. It’s excessive. The aforementioned and developing headaches directly after experiencing an emotional response are two of the most common anxiety symptoms in men.

Posted on 09 Jun 2011
Anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety – Ten Top Tips

1. If a negative thought pops into your mind, like “I can’t do this (thing)….”

Reframe and rephrase it into a positive thought by adding “YET” to the end – this helps you to move forward from the current situation, allowing you to believe that things can change for the better. When you get really good at this, you can add another sentence “but I will…” or “but I’m getting better at it”

2. Remember all the positive things that have happened in your day

Anxiety is often fed by going over negative past experiences, which skews our perception of the world. By focussing your attention on things that have gone right, the negative aspects shrink back into their proper perspective. Start with small, easy things that have gone right like “I brushed my teeth” and work up to “I changed the world!” gradually.

3. Word association

Think of words which are kind and calming and create your own mantra to allow your mind to refocus – formulate your own favourites, but some examples are listed below:

  • Clear, Calm, Confident and Controlled
  • Relax, Release, Rejuvenate
  • All is well, Calm can return

4. The power of 5!

If you feel an anxiety surge take 5 long slow breaths, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Count your breaths and then imagine that your whole body is like an hourglass and your anxiety is the sand – count backwards from 5 to one imagining that sand trickling away from your body and disappearing through your toes. Repeat the 5 breaths and the hour glass until you feel the anxiety subside.

5. Build a bubble

Imagine you have a lovely bubble around you which allows only nice things to touch you – anything unhelpful or unpleasant can just bounce off and the more you practice forming your bubble, the stronger it gets and the safer you feel. You can also change it’s size, colour and shape to make your environment feel safe and comfortable – the more you practice, the easier it gets.

6. Morph it!

Anxiety often feels like a tight heavy knot in the stomach. You can imagine it like a thick heavy, knotted, wet rope and then gradually imagine it changing – perhaps into thinner rope, then into string, then into wool, then into lambs wool, then into cotton wool, and then into loose balls of fluff, and then into mist – and when it becomes mist, it can just dissolve away.

7. Burn it off

Studies have shown that anxiety can relieved by regular physical activity. So find something you love to do; dance, walk, swim, run or just play – release those endorphins and feel better all round.

8. Be your own best friend

We are often less tolerant of ourselves than we are of others. If a friend tells us they are feeling low, we give those help, support and encouragement, and although we often tell ourselves that we are “being stupid” for “worrying about nothing”. So give yourself a break and treat yourself in the same way as you’d treat your best friend – try starting by telling yourself all the things you like about you to the mirror!

9. Turn off that TV!

The advent of 24 hour news bulletins provide us with repetition about the problems in the world and can reinforce negative thoughts we may have about the dangers in the world around us. Research has shown that reducing your exposure to media news may significantly reduce levels of anxiety and improve your overall sense of well being – so listen or watch the news no more than once each day, and step outside to observe how normal and unthreatening the real world is most of the time.

Posted on 24 May 2011
Anxiety

Ease Your Anxiety With Abdominal Breathing

The way you breathe directly reflects the amount of tension you feel in your body. When you are relaxed you are breathing deeply from low down in your abdomen, however when you are feeling tense your breathing will become quicker and will be shallow, emanating from your chest area.

If you have an anxiety disorder, suffer from phobias or panic you will have a tendency to suffer one or both of the following breathing problems.

Shallow, chest breathing
Fast breathing, hyperventilation – this is where you breath out too much carbon dioxide which can in turn give rise to symptoms associated with panic disorder
Shallow or chest level breathing is very common in people who are anxious or fearful. A shy or introverted person will breathe in this way whilst amongst a group of people for instance whilst an extrovert will feel more relaxed and hence breathing will be slower and from the abdomen. Rapid breathing from the chest will lead to hyperventilation which in turn will bring on a number of symptoms including dizziness, palpitations or rapid heartbeat and tingling sensations in the toes and fingers.

The time-honoured cure for hyperventilation is breathing into a paper bag. By breathing in this way you take in more carbon dioxide which corrects the imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. Abdominal breathing is equally effective in reducing the symptoms of hyperventilation, both theses methods work by slowing down the rate of breathing which in turn stops too much carbon dioxide being exhaled.
By learning to recognize the onset of hyperventilation and then deliberately slowing your breathing down you will dramatically reduce your risk of having a panic or anxiety attack.

If your anxiety disorder is causing you to breathe as described above then you will find practicing abdominal breathing on a daily basis will help in retraining yourself to breathe correctly which will in turn help bring relief from anxiety and panic disorder.

The benefits of abdominal breathing include:

  • An increase in the supply of oxygen to the brain
  • An improvement in concentration and focus
  • Improved excretion of toxins – many toxic substances get excreted via the lungs during deep breathing
  • Feeling more relaxed – deep breathing triggers the relaxation response

You will find it is extremely difficult to feel tense and anxious whilst breathing deeply from the abdomen. A daily aerobic exercise program would be beneficial too as it would help in increasing your lung capacity which in turn will lead to deeper breathing.

So, by teaching yourself abdominal breathing you will have another weapon to use against your anxiety and or panic disorder.

Posted on 20 May 2011
Anxiety

Understanding Anxiety Symptoms

It is a normal response of the body to respond with stress and anxiety when we are faced with an unpleasant or dangerous situation. However, when these responses take the form of severe anxiety, stress or even panic attacks that occur even when there is no actual danger to trigger them, it is then that these abnormal symptoms need to be addressed, usually through seeking treatment from a professional, or through undertaking an anxiety treatment program.

When seeking help for anxiety disorders people should be able to recognize their own anxiety attack symptoms. The most common symptoms of an anxiety attack are; worrying constantly about things that don’t need worrying about such as sources of trouble that are not present nor are ever likely to be; pain or soreness in the body that is not as a result of injury or illness; feeling lightheaded or dizzy; an inability to get to sleep, or sleeping too much; nausea or stomach problems; and recurring worrying thoughts that prevent the person from enjoying life or being able to undertake normal day to day activities.

Most people experience anxiety of one form or another during our life, and a lot of people may even experience panic attacks. However anxiety disorders become a problem when they keep occurring again and again. Recurring anxiety symptoms may indicate that a person could be suffering with Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). All of these are anxiety related disorders of one form or another.

More often than not anxiety symptoms will last from a few minutes up to an hour, the degree of the symptoms usually gets worse over time.

Unfortunately the cause of anxiety symptoms is not often apparent, and most people who have reoccurring anxiety or panic attacks also suffer from the double whammy of having an attack in a place where they

a) cannot get the help they might need, or

b) it would be embarrassing to have an attack, or

c) where they cannot easily escape.

It is worth noting that there many natural ways to overcome anxiety. Many people don’t like the idea of taking medication to overcome emotional and mood disorders, or conditions like anxiety or panic attacks. In some cases the published side effects of the medications end up being as bad or worse than the anxiety itself.

In our clinic one of the first things we look at when helping people to better understand anxiety is the relationship between the physical and mental aspects of a person. The majority of body functions are controlled by, or have their origins in, the brain. This includes physical aspects like eating and metabolism which provides the energy for our bodies and minds to function. We have observed that if a person doesn’t eat properly, that is regularly with the right types of foods, then they are more inclined to report feeling sluggish, lethargic or generally have a lack of energy and low moods. They also report concentration and short term memory problems. The same can be said for people who don’t drink enough water.

There are five key areas which we focus on to help people improve both their mental and physical condition, and they are:

Food – eating the right types and amounts of foods on a consistent basis;
Water – ensuring that enough is being consumed on a daily basis;
Exercise – not the pumping iron gym type exercise, but general active lifestyle type exercise;
Sleep – getting the right amount: 7-9 hours per night for the average adult; and
Limiting substances– that includes not only the ‘typical’ nasties like nicotine, cannabis or other hard drugs, or too much alcohol, but also things like sugar which in excess can have a detrimental effect on metabolism and result in decreased energy and feelings of lethargy and low mood once the original ‘sugar rush’ passes.
Considering these five things in conjunction with a treatment program that addresses mental and emotional issues provides a holistic approach to anxiety management. Some treatment programs such as those we review on our website approach anxiety treatment using a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness therapy. These therapies are discussed in more detail on our website.

If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing anxiety symptoms as described above you should consider researching the available anxiety treatments. it has been scientifically proven that Anxiety can be cured, and it is worth exploring the different anxiety treatment options.