Treating Anxiety Naturally

Published: 08th January 2010
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Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. However chronic anxiety is in imbalance that can greatly impact one's life in a negative way. Anxiety can take many forms, including panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder.

Chronic anxiety can lead to serious physical symptoms and greatly affect one's life when left untreated.

Unfortunately the conventional method of treating anxiety with medications is both incomplete and potentially very harmful to the individual. This method attempts to suppress symptoms instead of addressing the causes. The drugs traditionally used carry many dangerous side effects and are generally only considered safe for short-term use. This is neither an effective nor long-term solution.

When treating anxiety naturally, it first important to become aware that individuals who are affected by chronic anxiety are generally very sensitive individuals. This means they are sensitive energetically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Highly sensitive people generally have greater intuition and high IQ levels. They are more keenly aware of their environment than others and are affected by their surroundings. They also tend to be particularly sensitive to chemicals and toxic foods they ingest.

Sensitive individuals need to become aware of their sensitivity, and know that it is both a blessing and gift, but that it may also present specific challenges. Understanding these challenges and learning how to deal with them naturally empowers the individual to live a live that is healthy, joyful, peaceful, and fulfilling.

There is a 3 step approach to treating anxiety naturally:

1. Replace medications with safe herbal and nutritional remedies.

2. Correct biological imbalances with proper nutrition.

3. Learn proper self-care and coping mechanisms.

1. Replace medications with safe herbal medicines

There are many natural herbal medicines and foods that can help to support an individual while weaning off of anxiety medications. These can be used on an on-going basis, or when anxiety arises. Some of the most commonly used include valerian, passionflower, California poppy, kombucha, flower essences, and blue-green algae.

Valerian Passiflora - This is a combination of valerian root and passionflower. Best taken in tincture form, these herbs help to calm the central nervous system to ease feelings of anxiousness and promote restful sleep

California Poppy - This plant is an amazing herbal tension reliever, again without causing drowsiness. Poppy is great for use in preventing or treating a panic attack, and as a replacement for traditional anxiety medications.

Kombucha - An ancient Chinese beverage containing l-theanine, an amino acid which can help to calm the mind without causing drowsiness, and also increase ability to focus without stimulation. Kombucha also has naturally occurring B-vitamins, which generally get depleted quickly in people with anxiety due to high levels of stress in the body. To sum it up, kombucha can really take the edge off when one feels anxious or stressed.

Flower Essence - These are vibrational remedies prepared by infusing flowers in water in intense sunlight or heat. Flower essences have specific applications for emotional imbalances and tendencies, and can be used to aid anxiety and emotional health in general.

Blue Green Algae - This superfood is an algae that grows wild in the pristine waters of Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon. Loaded in nutrients, blue green algae has been used to treat and support a variety of physiological ailments. Due to its omega-3 and high B-vitamin content, blue green algae can provide vital nutritional support for the individual dealing with anxiety. Anxiety causes stress to the body on many levels, which creates depletion of the body's vital nutrients. This in turn can lead to further neurological imbalances which can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and emotional imbalance. Blue green algae supports a health brain and nervous system.

2. Correct biological imbalances with proper nutrition

As mentioned earlier, biological imbalances can be a cause of anxiety. Nutrient deficiencies can affect brain function and the role of neurotransmitters in regulating mood and emotions. Once recognized, these imbalances can be systematically corrected by eliminating foods that are nutrient-deficient and consuming foods that are nutrient-rich.

Foods to eliminate include processed foods, dairy products, and wheat and gluten-containing products. Alcohol, caffeine, and sugar should also be avoided. These foods should be replaced with vital alive raw foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds. These natural foods are rich in nutritional value and support optimal brain and body function. This is particularly important for the sensitive individual, who is generally more affected by the foods he or she consumes. Feeding the body healthy vital alive foods results in healthy vital functioning of all of the body's systems. A diet of predominately raw foods has been reported to eliminate feelings of anxiety and stress by elimination of toxic foods that create imbalances, and replenishing the body's nutrients for optimal brain function.

3. Learn proper self-care and coping mechanisms

In order for the sensitive individual to thrive, positive self-care and coping techniques should be learned and regularly practiced. The following are suggestions that may help to ease and prevent bouts of anxiety and promote a relaxed and balanced state of mind:

Meditation

The practice of meditation involves taking time for stillness and deep breathing. The anxious individual has a tendency to rush and panic. Making time and space to relax and shut off the mind, even for brief moments in the day can profoundly impact one's ability to deal with the inevitably stresses of life. Meditation can be practiced sitting or laying down, closing, the eyes, and taking deep breaths. Aromatherapy, crystals, or relaxing music may be used to enhance relaxation.

Yoga & Exercise

Exercise acts as a method by which stress and anxious feelings can release from the body. Yoga, gentle stretching, aerobic exercise, and walking are all effective practices. Whatever the method, regular exercise is essential for one's physical and emotional well-being.

Self-Care Ritual

Everyone can benefit from a daily self-care ritual. This could include meditation, exercise, showering and self-pampering, self massage, and journaling. Scheduling time for a daily self-care ritual can greatly enhance the quality of life for the highly sensitive individual, and can be an effective tool in anxiety management.

This 3-pronged approach to the treatment of anxiety can be an effective alternative to conventional treatment. As the sensitive individual embarks on the path of natural and nutritional healing and proper self care, he or she will find that imbalances like anxiety may become obsolete, and one's innate gifts may be more effectively and joyfully offered to the world!


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