Last year the Guardian newspaper printed an article reporting that almost one in five adults in the UK experience anxiety.
If you suffer from anxiety on a daily basis you will know that the symptoms can be draining and leave you feeling deflated, lethargic and depressed by the end of the day. Most people will suffer from anxiety at some point in their lives, for some people it will be a fleeting feeling brought on by a stressful event, for others it can develop for no apparent reason and be much longer lasting.
It’s perfectly normal to feel anxiety when you’re under stress, but anxiety becomes a problem when it begins affecting your day to day life.
If you’re suffering from anxiety you may find yourself feeling distressed, tense and nervous. Anxiety can present itself differently from person to person as there are many different symptoms.
Psychological symptoms may include being unable to concentrate, feeling on edge, feeling irritable, uncomfortable and restless. Physical symptoms include heart palpitations, panic attacks, shortness of breath, sweating, headaches, diarrhoea and dizziness.
Disadvantages of medication
If you seek help with anxiety from your local GP they will probably prescribe you medication that is meant to mask your symptoms without getting to the root of the problem. These kinds of prescribed drugs can also cause a number of unpleasant side effects including lowered sex-drive, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, dry mouth, loss of appetite and insomnia. This is why we believe that prescription medication for anxiety should always be a last resort.
Natural treatments for anxiety
Natural treatments are usually more reliable than prescribed medicines so it is always beneficial to try to treat anxiety naturally before resorting to prescription drugs. Here are a few different natural treatments that may help to ease or get rid of anxiety.
Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective way of conquering anxiety in order to achieve a clearer and calmer mind. Hypnotherapy can help you to become more relaxed by teaching you to re-organise your thought patterns for a healthier and more positive mind.
Meditation, yoga, mindfulness and relaxation techniques
Learning meditation and mindfulness can be extremely beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety. Anxiety often causes stressful racing thoughts and negative thought patterns. Learning mindfulness will help you to learn to take a break from your hectic day and really become aware of the present moment. Mindfulness is about stopping to listen to how your body is feeling, your emotions, sensations and the sounds around you; it is a very therapeutic practice.
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help to change the way that you think to encourage positive thinking rather than negative thought patterns. CBT helps to show people suffering from anxiety the link between the way that they think and the way that they feel so that they can correct the harmful thought patterns.