How to help anxiety naturally
It is perfectly natural for all of us to experience the symptoms of anxiety at one time or another. Anxious feelings are part of our ‘fight or flight’ response and, as such, part of the human experience but they don’t need to control your life. Whether you have been experiencing anxiety for two days, three weeks or ten years there are practical things you can do to begin to manage it.
If you found this page by searching for something like ‘how to control anxiety’ then you’ve taken a great step. Making the decision to take control is one of the most important things you can do. So, let’s look at what we’re dealing with here.
The symptoms of anxiety
Perhaps you suspect that you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety but you’re not quite sure. That’s natural because we rarely see them defined but how can we help anxiety if we don’t know what it is? It’s important to define what we’re talking about when we refer to it.
Anxiety is that nervous, fearful feeling of tension that can sometimes be felt at times of stress. If you have a particular fear of needles, exams, the dentist, public speaking or any triggers shared by lots of people, then perhaps you can remember having felt unease or even fear in one of these scenarios. These are the symptoms associated with anxiety.
Even when you experience them for a short time they are not pleasant. They can make it difficult for you to focus and even to eat and sleep. There are things you can do to lessen them anytime they surface and we’ll discuss how to control anxiety in the short term in a moment but when you begin to feel anxious regularly, for whatever reason or reasons it might be, that is when longer term solutions become increasingly important.
How to control anxiety – short and long term
If you have experienced a trigger – perhaps been diagnosed with an illness, or are facing a big life decision, or a myriad of other things that could naturally release the hormones that trigger your fight or flight response – and you’ve begun to experience symptoms of anxiety what can you do? Well, first of all, you can focus on your breath. Place your hand on your tummy and try to breath deeply until you feel it rise, then exhale fully and feel it fall. Actively focusing on and slowing down your breath is a great way to regulate feelings of anxiety in the moment.
If symptoms of anxiety are affecting your quality of life, whether they began recently or not if you’re ready to do something about them then now is the time. There are plenty of things you can do. The way I can help is to offer you sessions of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is recognised as a very effective way to deal with anxiety and anxiety disorder. I have seen individuals make some amazing breakthroughs in this area by coming to my sessions.
If you would like to discuss how to get to the root of your anxiety in a gentle, relaxed, assisted way and how to help anxiety symptoms for the long-term then please do get in touch. I will be happy to tell you more about my methods.