Do we really need drugs to be able to handle our anxiety? In many cases the answer is no. There are all natural and healthy ways to overcome the anxiety in our lives.
A lot of times it is easier to begin these while you are still on medications, then wean yourself off the medications as your fractures begin to heal.
There are times when we should be anxious, it is an emotion that was given to us to protect us from making stupid decisions and taking unnecessary risks. There are other times, for many reasons, that anxiety begins to rule our lives. People that have experienced severe trauma, physically or emotionally, often suffer from anxiety attacks. These people are not to be looked on as weak. They are to be looked on as strong. They endured hardship to the point of cracking, rather than giving in when things got hard.
Check your diet. Healthy foods can help overcome anxiety. Unhealthy foods can promote it. A person with anxiety issues should definitely get rid of all the ‘whites’ in their diets, as well as any stimulants such as caffeine. Although these make you feel better in the short term they set you up for a crash when they wear off. Make sure you are eating nutritionally dense (not calorie dense) foods. Many nutritional deficiencies mimic or cause anxiety attacks.
Things that increase anxiety include cell phones, or other electronics that are in close proximity to the head. This is thought to be connected to the EMF (Electro Magnetic Fields) that they create. These fields agitate the brain cells.
Look for important supplements. Omega 3’s don’t only come from fish oils. You can find them in grass fed meat and dairy. Magnesium is called the great relaxer. This goes for your emotions as well as your muscles. Chamomile is a relaxing herb, as well as Kava Kava, valerian root and passionflower. They can be found in teas as well as capsules. Passionflower has been shown to increase the GABA in the brain, which leads to a more relaxed state of mind. It also includes nutrients that encourage physical healing and general wellness.
Relaxation therapies include yoga, meditation, deep breathing, massage, acupuncture. One that has shown great promise with anxiety is EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. Some people describe it as taking the sting out of past events so that they are no longer triggers for anxiety attacks.
Getting rid of the things that increase anxiety and increasing the things that reduce anxiety seems like a smart move for everyone, especially those that feel like their anxiety is diminishing the quality of their lives.