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We all experience anxiety from time to time, but for some of us, this unpleasant feeling is weaved into the fabric of our everyday life. It seems to always be there, for no particular reason, creating all sorts of difficulties for us. Medications help some, but often leave something to be desired. Therapeutic interventions are often helpful. Generally, keeping it in check requires a multi-pronged approach, and if you are interested in natural strategies for managing your anxiety, here are a few worth considering.
I have always been a bit anxious and rather than accept that it was just the way I was, I was determined to improve my mental state. Meditation has been a key player in that plan and has worked wonders for me. Countless studies have confirmed the benefits of this ancient practice for managing anxiety, though how it worked was not fully understood until recently. A study that came out in June 2013, however, seems to have filled that knowledge gap. Researchers found that meditation activates regions of the brain involved in executive function, emotions, thoughts and worrying.
When it comes to anxiety, you may not think much of the food you are eating, but you may want to reconsider this position. While your diet does not directly cause anxiety, certain foods may exacerbate symptoms. Changing your diet will probably not cure your anxiety, but is a very important part of any holistic approach, making an important contribution.
Excessive alcohol intake may contribute to anxiety by throwing off your hormone balance and producing toxins that impact your mental state. Dairy products can raise adrenaline levels. Processed sugars have a stimulating effect that can heighten anxious feelings. Foods that cause acid, such as sour cream, pickles, eggs and yogurt may contribute to anxiety symptoms by causing a drop in magnesium levels, a mineral that plays a crucial role in mental well-being. Stay well-hydrated as even slight dehydration can affect mood.
A variety of treatment modalities may help you manage anxiety naturally. While massages are seen as indulgent treats that take place in fancy spas, they are actually a powerful tool for promoting health. They help release toxins, improve blood circulation and promote the release of chemicals that improve mental and physical well-being to name just a few benefits. If you are suffering from anxiety, massage can offer many benefits and may be a worthy addition to your treatment arsenal; according to the Mayo Clinic, studies suggest massage may be helpful for treating anxiety.
Acupuncture has been used to treat disease for thousands of years, and extensive research in the West suggests it may be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions from chemotherapy-induced nausea to insomnia. Many studies have found it to be an effective treatment for anxiety; it appears to work by acting on areas of the brain involved in reducing sensitivity to stress and pain, promoting a relaxation response and ‘’deactivating’’ the analytical areas of the brain, which promote stress and worry. Acupuncturists are also very well-versed in other areas of Chinese medicine and can suggest herbs, dietary changes and other strategies for treating anxiety and maximizing the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatments.