While for some people anxiety is something they have to deal with only occasionally, for others anxiety is a disorder that stops them from getting involved in the most common daily activities. Feeling anxious from time to time is normal, but even in those situations it is good to find ways to reduce the nervousness and the stress. And, in the case of those who suffer from anxiety disorder, alternative treatments are great in addition to medication or therapy.
Some alternative treatments are great for short term reduction of anxiety, while others work better for medium or long term. These treatments are perfect for both categories of people we mentioned above. The list of complementary treatments can include various stress and relaxation techniques, meditation, massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture and dietary supplements or natural, herbal products.
Stress And Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques are used as complementary alleviating methods in treating many health conditions or situations that can cause stress and anxiety including, but not limited to, chemotherapy, preparation for labor, insomnia and joint dysfunction.
When it comes to anxiety, stress and relaxation techniques can produce short term results. For people with ongoing health, mental disorders and people who deal with stressful situation, these techniques are useful and can provide short term stress relief.
Meditation is another common alternative treatment for anxiety that helps people to focus more on the positive side of life and less on the problems and the situations that cannot be held under control.
Also recommended in the case of depression, meditation can help people to have a more calm and relaxed approach when it comes problems that may appear in their lives. This positive life approach can be very beneficial for people who suffer from severe anxiety caused by the desire to control every single situation that may occur in their life.
Anxiety attacks can be caused by negative thoughts, phobias and fears and they usually lead to physical symptoms like fatigue, headaches, difficulty in breathing and swallowing, irritability and many others. Massage therapy is great to alleviate some of the symptoms caused by anxiety because a good massage can soothe the pain and aches a person suffering from anxiety can experience. This type of treatment helps with the effects of anxiety and not with the main cause, but it is a great way to get rid of the symptoms that can stop people to live normal lives.
Any physical training is great as a complementary treatment for anxiety, but yoga is particularly good since it is a type of training that focuses on breathing and meditation on top of the physical exercises. It is known that yoga helps to reduce heart rate and blood pressure and to have a positive impact in the lives of those who suffer from various mental disorders like anxiety, depression and OCD.
Acupuncture is an immediate treatment and it offers relief to some people who suffer from anxiety. The main idea of acupuncture is to manipulate the body’s energy through thin needles inserted in the body. While this technique is great for some people, others can experience more anxiety due to their fear of needles so this technique is definitely not for them.