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Holistic Treatment For Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Posted Oct 24 2009 10:00pm

Every one of us, at one point in our lives, has experienced some form of anxiety.  Common events like an upcoming exam or business presentation; or when your child gets sick; or when you go to unfamiliar places — all these may cause you to feel anxious and worried.  However, extreme distress over the littlest things can be overcome with holistic treatments and natural remedies.

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Other symptoms of anxiety can include palpitations; shortness of breath; sweating; trembling; sense of choking; chest pain; nausea or stomach upsets; dizziness; numbness or tingling; and chills or hot flashes.

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Any form of trauma or stressful situations such as abuse, accidents, or death may lead to anxiety disorders.  Stress and anxiety go hand in hand.  Anxiety levels heighten with constant exposure to extreme stress.  Also, the constant use or sudden withdrawal from addictive substances like alcohol, caffeine and nicotine may also worsen anxiety.

Oftentimes, worrying too much leads to anxiety panic attacks. I used to have an auto accessories friend who is constantly affected by such attacks. These are surges of overwhelming fear that come out of nowhere and for no apparent reason.  It affects not only the way the brain functions,  but it also triggers changes in our body’s major glands.  The glands produce different kinds of stimulants and hormones double-time, flooding body cells simultaneously, causing the sufferer to feel the need to either run, get out, or hide. 

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Holistic treatment methods such as getting adequate amount of sleep, making sure that the body is well-rested after a full day’s work. Intake of stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine containing products should be decreased as they would not help alleviate your stress, and may even aggravate your condition. Performing relaxation exercises will also help you during stressful times as it will relieve tense muscles. Last but not the least, don’t forget to take a breather. Relax. Anxiety is our body’s natural reaction to stress.

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