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Panic Attacks & Anxiety: Fast Proven Treatment

Cure Panic Attacks and Anxiety

Lose your fear, not your head, cure your panic attacks with mind management. If you are suffering from panic attacks like so many others in the world you may be feeling as if your life no longer belongs to you. Your daily life might seem as if it's owned by panic and your plans for the future may seem stunted. You may feel like you're different from everyone else in the world or that you stand out awkwardly in social situations. You may be feeling unable to relate to other people or notice that your relationships with others are suffering worst of all. You may be experiencing depression frustration low self-esteem and feelings of hopelessness as a result of your attacks.

Panic Attacks commonly start as one incident one small moment of irrational fear that somehow has the power to grow into a very significant and commanding obstacle. The bigger that obstacle gets the more you may feel crippled by fear. The difference between the type of fear we experience when we're having a panic attack and the type of fear we experience when we say bungee jumping is that one is rational and one is irrational. I'm sure you will have no trouble recognizing that the fear you experience when you're panicking is not quite the same type of fear you would expect if someone held a gun to your head. It might feel the same in its intensity but the cause of it sitting in a meeting at work facing a crowd flying on an airplane etc is almost always harmless. If you're thinking rationally which most people can manage to do after the incident, you will be able to recognize how frivolous the cause of your fear may be. Thinking rationally about your panic attacks after they happen is a positive step toward overcoming them, however simply recognizing that your fear is irrational is not enough to make it go away.

The problem with the irrational fear you experience in a panic attack, the type which is not based on any true threat is that it stays with you all the time. For instance, when you go bungee jumping you leave its associated fear behind, you don't carry it around with you. You don't bring it home or to the office with you, and you don't dwell on it or really even think about it after the event. Rational fear ends when the threat is gone. Unfortunately when it comes to irrational fear leaving it behind can seem impossible. Irrational fear tends to hang around like a bad smell and it can make life unnecessarily difficult. Irrational fears can steal your enjoyment of life and hold you back from reaching your true potential. You don't have to control your thoughts, you just have to stop letting them control you.

If you have been experiencing panic attacks you may have found that you've gotten so used to your fear that you've started seeing your panic as a part of you. It may be that you have become limited or you may feel paralyzed by your panic and you may be actually planning your life around your panic attacks. Avoiding things like travel social events, confrontation, applying for promotions, joining your family on an outing, or long journey or any other of the countless things your irrational fear is rooted in. Your fear may be so all-consuming that you may come to feel trapped in your home. If you feel like your panic attacks are ruling your life, if you feel hopeless misunderstood or depressed. If your self-esteem or outlook on the future has plummeted as a result of anxiety. I want you to know something right now, you deserve better than this and no one should ever be the product of their own fear.

Life is too short to spend it weighed down by fear and panic. this book is going to teach you how to be the owner of your life your panic attacks. They do not own you, they are not a part of you, and they are not an authority in your life.  You are in charge of your panic attacks, you can choose to get rid of them. There is no magic cure for panic attacks, there is no pill or potion that will make them disappear. Like any new skill in order to learn how to beat your panic attacks, you've got to invest some time in learning about them. Knowledge is power the more you know about something the more efficient you will be in your fight against it. Learning about fear is different than studying mathematics or music, fear is a personal matter so learning about it takes introspection and dedication.   Remember that setbacks are only setbacks they are not the end of the fight. Most importantly you must value yourself and your potential for happiness and peace, you must want more for yourself and believe that you can have more. You deserve more from life, make the choice to dedicate yourself to a happy future. This is your life and it matters. Fear has owned you long enough it's time to let it go.

 

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The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast – Depression and Anxiety

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Lady Gaga Reveals Her Struggle with Depression and Anxiety

 

I said this earlier and I'll say it again, I invented myself Lady Gaga and I've curated my life to be an expression of my pain, this is how I overcame my depression. It's by creating somebody that I felt was stronger than me but, once I went through all sorts of changes my career taking off becoming more isolated you know nothing was able to fix how I was genetically made. I was born this way so how do we now, knowing all of that no matter how much success you have, no matter how many opportunities of fame and fortune, no matter how many people accept you to your face, the person that really needs to accept you is you.

 I have some sort of anxiety depression something that's changed my whole life.  I take antidepressant medication for it and I have tried to get off of them but, the doctor always tells me not to do that it's not safe.  Whenever I've tried to get off my meds I seem to get very neurotic, so I have had to study all different types of ways and dig into all these different areas to figure out how to function. As a public figure, it's not possible that I have the resources that other kids have so this is not fair. I started looking into Ayurvedic medicine, I started looking into mindfulness and meditation, I started looking into a mantra and I pray sometimes. I make music, write poetry and I am an actress now which helped me a lot, so these are the things that I started to do. What really helped me the most that I want to impress upon all of you is that I realize that part of my identity is saying no to things I don't want to do. You are all in school and you all have a lot of teachers and a lot of people around you that tell you all day what you have to do.

It is your right to choose what you do and don't do. It is your right to choose what you believe in and what you don't believe in. It is your right to curate your life and your own perspective, you are not here to be a puppet for you that's not what they want. Am I wrong to make decisions like why am I unhappy? Stephanie Gaga, why are you unhappy? Why is it that you want to quit music a couple years ago? That's like well I really don't like selling these you know fragrances perfumes, I don't like wasting my time spending days just shaking people's hands and smiling and taking selfies. I feel shallow to my existence and I have a lot more to offer than my image. I don't like being used to make people money, I feel sad when I'm overworked and that I've just become a money-making machine and that my passion and my creativity takes a backseat, that makes me unhappy. So I started to say no I'm not doing that, I'm not taking that picture, I'm not going to that event, I'm not standing by that because that's not what I stand for.

Then slowly but surely I remembered Who I am and then you go home and you look in the mirror and you're like yes I can go to bed with you every night because that person I know, that person has balls, that person has integrity, that person has an opinion, that person doesn't say yes, that person doesn't get a text from somebody and say oh my god they wrote this and they sent this emoji should I write this back. Do you think it's okay to say are they going to like me if I say something different? This is the age that we live in, we're not actually communicating with each other we are unconsciously communicating lives, so when I check in with myself throughout the day and I say do I really want to do this and if the answer is no, I don't do it and you shouldn't either

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Battling Depression Disorder (and winning!)

Hey yo, so I know it's been a very long time since I've made a video. I believe the last one I made was back in March, that was like six seven months ago and I just want to thank my subscribers (everybody) who have emailed me and sent me messages on Facebook and checking up on me making sure I'm okay. In the beginning of this year uh I dealt with a lot of crap very severe depression and I just had to take a step back. I didn't realize I would take such a long time away from YouTube, but I'm just going to go ahead and get this out of the way so I can start making videos again. After I started to feel better you know I sought treatment, got help which is very important.

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Anxious About Anxiety

Anxiety is a part of life. It is normal to feel anxious before an exam, before a job interview or before any big day in life. It keeps one on their toes. But if it becomes a hindrance to daily life, it may have developed into a disorder. For people with anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear or worry does not go away and may even worsen for some.

This prolonged overwhelming feeling of fear, panic and/or worry is called an attack. Some may say that this is only ‘in the mind’. However, doctors might say otherwise.

There are three main types of anxiety attacks namely panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Each type has a distinct set of signs and symptoms and treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of each type

It is important to identify the type in order to correctly address it. Therefore, knowledge on the signs and symptoms of the different types is essential. The signs and symptoms listed below may, however, differ from person to person.

Panic Disorder is characterized by palpitations, accelerated heart rate, pounding heart, trembling, shaking, excessive sweating and shortness of breath. Some people may even experience choking and smothering in some instances.

Individuals who have experienced past episodes of panic disorder may have intense and repeated attacks of fear. There may also be a feeling of the worry of when the next attack may happen and a fear of the place where the previous attack happened.

Those people experiencing generalized anxiety disorder may feel restless, wound-up and/or on the edge. They may also feel irritable and tensed. They also have a difficult time going to sleep. Because of the lack of sleep, most people experiencing a generalized anxiety disorder are also easily fatigued and distracted.

Individuals with social anxiety disorder are very awkward around other people. The disorder is also called as ‘social phobia’. Hence, those who are experiencing this one feel highly anxious and conscious when in a large crowd. They are easily overwhelmed at the sight of a crowd. They tend to worry when a big event is impending. Those with this disorder usually opt to stay on the sidelines during big events and may experience profuse sweating, blushing and trembling around people. Other patients may even experience nausea.

These signs and symptoms usually peak within 10 minutes and last 20 to 30 minutes.

Causes

The cause of panic disorders and panic attacks are still unclear, however, some studies suggest that it is hereditary. The signs and symptoms of panic attacks and disorders may be caused by the following diseases so it is important that the doctor rules out the following first:

  1. Medication withdrawal
  2. Hypoglycemia
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Stimulant use (cocaine, caffeine, amphetamine)
  5. Hyperthyroidism
  6. Mitral valve prolapse

Self-help tips

Anxiety attacks may occur anytime and a doctor or a medical facility may not be present during such time. The following are some self-help tips during a panic attack episode.

  1. Do relaxation techniques

Relaxation techniques such as muscle relaxation, meditation, and deep breathing exercises will help a lot in calming yourself down. Practice these relaxation techniques every so often.

  1. Lessen caffeine, nicotine and alcohol intake

Caffeine is a stimulant. It is, therefore, advisable to cut down on the intake. Some doctors even advise to completely cut it off from your system. Stimulants, as its name suggests, stimulates the brain and may make the attacks worse. Nicotine and alcohol also work similarly. Hence, it would be wise to completely cut these products from your system permanently.

  1. Sleep

Get a good night’s sleep. This is a cardinal rule in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Exercise

Exercise is not only a way to lose weight and stay fit. It is also a good way to help you from keeping the anxiety away. When one exercise, the body releases endorphins also called as happy hormones. Try to at least get 30 minutes to one hour worth of exercise every other day.

  1. Talk it out with others

Those suffering from a social anxiety disorder may have a hard time facing crowds, but it is advisable to try and talk with one or two confidantes about the struggles he is having. This will help him overcome this feeling. A support group is essential in these types of disorders.

 

Medication

Aside from the aforementioned self-help tips, there are also medications that can help treat the signs and symptoms of panic disorders and attacks. Physicians usually prescribe antidepressants such as Benzodiazepines and beta-blockers. There are also therapy sessions such as cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy.

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What You Need to Know about Anxiety

When it’s already your turn to defend your thesis in front of a panel, you might have felt anxious. Your heart beat faster than it normally did, your stomach dropped, and your breath hitched. You just wanted to get over with everything as soon as possible.

ANXIETY: WHAT IS IT?

 Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness or nervousness that one feels in either unfamiliar, edgy, or tense situation.

It is common to become anxious, just like in the abovementioned example. After all, it is your body’s way of telling you to be prepared for an anticipated event or scenario. Feeling anxious from time to time is normal, but too much of it might lead to something more.

ANXIETY DISORDERS: WHAT ARE THEY?

 Anxiety disorder is characterized as a mental illness that causes various levels of nervousness and fear depending on the triggers. These usually prevent a person from functioning normally, and might even affect one’s relationship with others.

There are multiple conditions classified under anxiety disorders, ranging from phobias and panic disorders. Some could even partner with other mental disorders like depression. One such example is anxiety depression syndrome.

 Anxiety depression syndrome occurs when anxiety symptoms appear alongside depression, making the patient passive yet anxious at the same time.

 ANXIETY ATTACK VS PANIC ATTACK

These two might be the same disorder and have similar symptoms, but they are distinctly different from each other.

An anxiety attack usually has triggers, while panic attack comes unexpectedly and generally, the symptoms would be severe.

ANXIETY ATTACKS: HOW DOES IT FEEL?

 Here are some of the symptoms of an anxiety attack:

  • Intense fear
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Urgency to escape
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains and palpitations
  • Detachment from reality
  • Hot and cold flushes

The list could go on and on. However, the fact that somebody having an anxiety attack might not be able to calm himself/herself still remains. To understand an attack, you must know what causes it.

 ANXIETY ATTACK: WHAT TRIGGERS IT?

 Unlike panic attacks, anxiety attacks do have triggers. It’s just a matter of knowing what. It could be anything, like a situation the person truly dreaded or an object he or she truly feared.

When these triggers show up, one’s stress level will spike and his/her anxiety will go through the roof.

ANXIETY ATTACKS: HOW CAN I HELP?

Anxiety attacks are caused by triggers and can be alleviated when the cause goes away.

If somebody is having an attack, it’s good to know what are his/her triggers. Is it a certain place like a roller coaster or a situation like people fighting?

When you get to identify the causes, it would be easier to assist somebody experiencing anxiety attacks.

PANIC ATTACK: HOW DOES IT FEEL?

 Panic disorder causes panic attacks. A panic attack is out of the blue; it doesn’t have any trigger at all. What’s worse is that patients diagnosed with panic disorder usually feel severe symptoms.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Extreme chest pain and beating of the heart
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Intense fear
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Because there are no triggers, people with panic disorder usually fears for the next attack. They tend to avoid these places, thinking that it may cause an attack again.

PANIC ATTACK: IS THERE A CURE?

 Panic attacks are downright terrifying. However, it is curable. Here are some ways on how to deal with it:

Medication

 Antidepressants are usually used to alleviate the symptoms of panic attacks. However, never try self-medication. Always consult a doctor first before taking one.

Psychotherapy

Information, support, and relaxation are key in psychotherapy. Here, you will know more about your disorder, how to deal with it, and how to decrease the chances of another panic attack.

Other therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy could also help a patient face anxieties through behavioral change. You could also learn some relaxation techniques to help reduce stress and anxiety.

Panic attacks could be dangerous when not properly medicated. If the symptoms are starting to show, don’t hesitate to seek help from a specialist.

ANXIETY: WHAT CAN WE DO?

 Mental disorders worsen when people hesitate to approach someone about it. They feared judgment, and most of the time, ignorance can fuel the fire. This is why when dealing with mental illnesses, one must be knowledgeable about it.

If you know somebody who might have an anxiety disorder, approach them and talk about it. It might be challenging, but they would be truly grateful if you would be patient enough to support them. Arm yourself with information about anxiety attacks to better understand a person’s situation.

Remember, anxiety disorders can be cured. Don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional.

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Anxiety Attacks: Definition, Symptoms and Treatment

Anxiety Attacks Treatment

 

Anxiety attacks are intense, sudden feelings of worry or fear that can result in a total loss of control for that fear. It has no clear cause and it usually occurs without any warning. It’s so sudden that it can even wake an individual from his sleep.

Apart from the intense, sudden feeling of fear, the attacks are also accompanied by the following symptoms: light-headedness, increased heartbeat, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, and irrational thinking. The duration of an anxiety attack can last from a few minutes to an hour or more.

Although the feeling of fear experienced during the attack seems terrifying, it’s not deadly. Specific approaches to managing the frequency of the attacks often begin with a thorough medical evaluation for other potential underlying cause then followed by recommended treatment plans.

Fast Facts about Anxiety Attacks

 

Below are some of the key points to remember:

  • It usually occurs when a person’s body experiences sudden and out of proportion adrenaline surges to anything that is perceived as threat or danger.
  • Often times, the cause of the attacks is unexplainable.
  • While the occurrence of the attacks isn’t fully understood, research suggests that environmental, psychological, biological and genetic factors could make a person more prone to anxiety.
  • It can be an indication of having a specific disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder.
  • Individuals who had a single anxiety attack have higher chances to experience subsequent ones.
  • There’s no specific pattern on how frequent anxiety attacks can happen. Some individuals could have them on a daily basis while others may only experience few attacks per year.
  • Typically, an attack lasts for about 15 to 30 minutes but residual effects may persist for a much longer time.
  • Panic disorder is considered when the attacks are occurring repeatedly together with the preoccupation of experiencing more attacks.
  • The attacks are present in any anxiety disorder especially when they are triggered by recollections or occurrence of feared situations or circumstances.

 

Anxiety Attack Symptoms

 

Certain situations or events such as public speaking or performing may trigger an anxiety attack which is normal but most attacks suddenly occur without any apparent reason.

One main symptom of an anxiety attack is the intense feeling of irrational fear. Whether it is triggered or not, the feeling can be described like an incredible scare for an impending doom. Furthermore, here are some of the symptoms associated with an anxiety attack:

  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Heat or chilling sensation
  • Shaking
  • Racing or pounding heartbeat
  • Choking sensation
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Chest discomfort
  • Feeling of Passing out
  • Nausea
  • Feeling of detachment or avoiding reality
  • Crazy feeling about feared situations
  • Fear of dying especially when feeling weird symptoms

 

Anxiety Attack Causes

 

There’s no obvious cause of anxiety attacks but it is believed that the attack happens after the body has experienced sudden adrenaline surge from perceived dangers or threats.

The adrenaline hormone is usually involved in the body’s fight or flight response. Its sudden release prepares a person’s body to confront or escape the danger.

Normally, adrenaline levels immediately revert back to normal after the fear subsides but this doesn’t happen during the attacks. There are cases when the anxiety and its symptoms could last for hours which give the person a difficult time to fully recover.

 

Complications

 

Symptoms of an anxiety attack should be evaluated by a medical professional to determine other potential underlying causes. Usually, these symptoms are similar to other disorders and a health condition that’s why an evaluation from a health care professional is essential.

Some conditions that mimic the symptoms of anxiety attacks include:

  1. Respiratory problems
  2. Heart problems
  3. Irregularities in the hormones
  4. Abuse of drugs, caffeine, and other stimulants

 

Treatment

 

Occasional bouts of anxiety symptoms don’t require immediate medical evaluation or intervention. Instead, individuals should just recognize what triggers those anxiety levels and they should learn how to manage or overcome them.

For recurring and severe attacks, one standard treatment or approach is combining cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness and medications like beta blockers, antidepressants, and antipsychotic pills.

Another significant factor in treating anxiety disorders is a lifestyle change. According to one study, doing simple exercises, meditation, yoga and tai chi together with having a healthy diet and good sleeping habits has helped in alleviating the anxiety symptoms. The study concluded that these are more effective instead of taking a placebo and other mainstream medications.

 

Aftercare

Anxiety attacks can be spontaneous and may recur in certain episodes but they definitely go away over a period of time. They are not life-threatening and can be successfully managed no matter how severe they are. Just always remember to see a doctor regularly to monitor other possible causes of the attacks. More than that, it pays to learn various ways of managing the anxiety symptoms and preventing possible attacks in the future.

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Battling Anxiety: Anxiety Attack Information Sheet

Anxiety attacks information

Anxiety attacks information is essential to battle out the disorder. Looking at the word ‘anxiety’ can already make a person anxious. Anxiety is one of the many feelings a person experiences throughout his daily life. It is a normal emotion. It comes at the most inconvenient times – during a job interview, an exam or a date. However, if these attacks become more frequent, repeated and prolonged, the mere feeling of anxiety may have evolved into a panic attack or disorder.

Anxiety disorders are a set of mental disorders that mainly has a symptom of an overwhelming feeling of fear, anxiety, and worry. However, aside from this feeling, it is also accompanied by physical signs and symptoms such as shortness of breath, palpitations and shaking.

According to scientific studies, about 12% of the world population suffers from panic disorders and panic attacks each year. This anxiety attacks information sheet contains material on the types, signs, and symptoms, causes and possible treatment for the said group of mental disorders.

Classification

Anxiety attacks and disorders have around 10 classifications namely Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-traumatic Panic Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Situational Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Selective Mutism. However, this anxiety attacks information sheet will only discuss three of them, namely – Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

In Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), the patient is distracted with constant worries and fears of day-to-day activities. These activities are usually just normal in nature, however, the patient has an overwhelming feeling of fear and worry towards it. The GAD persists for long periods of time and may peak during stressful situations.

People with Social Anxiety Disorder have a hard time dealing with large crowds. These people fear of socializing with other people. Stage fright or performance anxiety is the most common form of social anxiety disorder.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by the lack of control due to unwanted thoughts and worries. People suffering from these often worry that they might have done something wrong or something hurtful to others such as forgetting to turn the stove off or forgotten to turn off the lights. People suffering from OCD may even at times, perform something over and over again to make sure that they did it right.

Signs and Symptoms

Those suffering from General Anxiety Disorder may experience the following: fatigue, irritability, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, restlessness and feeling of being on the edge or wound-up and difficulty in concentrating.

People suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder may feel clammy, nauseated and shaky when faced with a dreaded task. They may also experience blushing, trembling and profuse sweating. They may feel self-conscious and anxious around people. They also have a hard time making friends or stay away from people altogether.

Those suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder may have the urge to constantly check and count certain things. They also repeatedly arrange and clean items. They may experience repeatedly doing certain habits usually against their will.

Causes

The causes of panic attacks and disorders are still generally unclear. A study on a compilation of anxiety attacks information, however, reveals that this may run in the family especially for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Some scientists also suggest that it can be triggered by a combination of environmental stress and changes in the brain. Studies show that prolonged stress and worry can change the make-up of the nerves in the brain thereby causing these panic attacks and disorders.

Use of stimulants such as drugs, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol are also contributors. Withdrawal from such substances can also cause panic attacks and disorders.

Treatment

The following treatments suggested by this anxiety attack information sheet are just general ones. It is still advisable to consult a physician for further diagnosis and better treatment plans.

Engage in self-help treatment care plans. Self-help treatment plans usually comprise the practice of breathing exercises and techniques, regular exercise and healthy eating. The body releases a chemical called endorphins after exercising. Endorphins are called happy hormones and help in uplifting one’s spirit.  Getting a good night’s sleep is also a good way to reduce stress, fear, and anxiety.

As aforementioned, the intake of stimulants such as drugs, alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine are contributors to panic attacks and disorders. It is, therefore, advisable to cut down or permanently cut off these substances from your system.

Doctors also prescribe certain medications such as beta-blockers, anti-anxiety medications such as Benzodiazepines and antidepressants. Aside from these medications, patients may also opt to do therapy sessions such as exposure therapy and cognitive behavior therapy.

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10 Natural Anxiety Cures

If anxiety symptoms are already interfering with day-to-day life, try these simple natural anxiety cures at home:

  • Drinking chamomile tea three times a day. Chamomile contains two ingredients that help in promoting relaxation: luteolin and apigenin. According to a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorders experienced a significant decrease in their symptoms after eight weeks of taking chamomile supplements compared to those who are taking a placebo.
  • Consuming at least 1 to 3 grams of Omega-3 every day. Studies show that fatty acids from Omega-3 sources could help in easing symptoms of anxiety and in lifting up one’s mood by lowering chemical levels of stress in the body such as cortisol and adrenaline. Canned fishes such as salmon and tuna along with flax seeds and walnuts are all good sources of omega-3.

Another study found out that students who are taking fish oil supplements experience fewer anxieties compared to those who aren’t taking it. Fewer anxiety levels of these students were measured by the following: cortisol levels; their mental states as well as their sleeping and eating habits.

  • Receiving a massage with lavender oil. One study shows that receiving a massage with lavender oil can help people experience less anxiety and feel more upbeat. In addition, a lavender massage can help in lowering high systolic blood pressure which is also related to stress. To achieve an immediate calming effect when feeling anxious, simply inhale few drops of lavender oil in a bowl of boiling water or dab a small amount directly on the skin.

In the absence of lavender oil, vanilla is proven to be the ideal alternative in alleviating anxiety symptoms. One study confirmed that inhaling vanilla-scented air reduced the patients’ anxiety levels to 63% than those who inhale unscented air.

  • Incorporating L-lysine to one’s diet. The amino acid L-lysine serves as one of the building blocks of neurotransmitters in the brain. Supporting studies reveal that taking supplements with L-lysine reduces anxiety symptoms as well as the stress hormone levels. Apart from being sold as a supplement, L-lysine is usually found in foods such as beans, fish, and meat.
  • Getting at least 15 minutes of exposure to natural sunlight a day. Vitamin D helps in decreasing anxiety symptoms. One of the natural ways to increase Vitamin D levels in the body is exposed to sunlight in the morning.

One Japanese study also added that taking a 20-minute walk in a forest reduces stress hormone levels. For those who are stuck in urban areas, try to look for quiet parks or tree-lined streets and stroll.

  • Exercising for at least 20 minutes significantly reduces anxiety symptoms. Doing regular exercise isn’t only good for the heart, it also allows the body to release endorphins. Researchers also found out that exercise increases body heat which helps in boosting one’s mood and increasing relaxation levels.
  • Using Epsom salts when taking a hot bath. Hot baths raise body heat which results in regulated mood and calm feeling. Add some Epsom salts to the hot bath and experience additional benefits such as lower blood pressure. To add a more calming feeling, one may also add vanilla or lavender oils to the bath water on top of these salts.
  • Cutting down caffeine intake. While caffeine boosts one’s energy, it also makes a person feel anxious and jittery. For some people who can’t live without taking caffeine, reducing caffeine intake per day will help in decreasing their anxiety symptoms.

If possible, stay away from too much caffeine content in one’s diet by skipping drinks like chocolate drinks, soda, artificial juices and iced tea. Instead, switch to alternative drinks that are healthier and contain less caffeine like green tea.

  • Examine one’s diet. It’s important to watch out for the following since they are contributing factors to increased anxiety levels: added sugars; alcohol; deficiencies in zinc, Vitamin B12, and magnesium; processed meats; fried foods; foods with high saturated fats and chocolates.

For vegetarians and vegans, Vitamin B12 levels should be monitored regularly since this vitamin is only present in animal products. Remember not to starve too much because this may lead to a drop in blood sugar which can trigger anxiety attacks.

  • Eat certain foods that help in providing anxiety relief. Peaches and blueberries are found to have nutrients that provide calming effects beneficial to relieve stress. Whole grains contain rich tryptophan levels, a nutrient that can be converted to serotonin which is responsible for improving one’s mood.

Oats are rich in fiber and they are responsible for increasing serotonin production and for preventing an increase in blood sugar. Milk, eggs, meat, and avocados are some of the foods packed with Vitamin B complex that also helps in preventing anxiety.

With all these natural anxiety cures, managing it and other stress-related symptoms is becoming easier.

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Anxiety Depression Syndrome

There is no escaping anxiety depression syndrome by way of gender, age, or race. It can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere. Of course, there are a few lifestyle choices an individual can make to greatly decrease their chances of being afflicted. But for the public at large, everyone is fair game. This article will discuss a few interesting facts about anxiety depression syndrome that everyone should be aware of. This will help you understand the condition better, and may provide you with something that can help if you're already suffering from chronic anxiety and/or depression.

Q: What is the worst thing a person can do if they think they may be afflicted with anxiety?
A: Nothing.

An alarming number of individuals, knowing full well that something isn't right, will go on attempting to live their lives normally. Ignoring the feelings and symptoms associated with this condition can be incredibly dangerous. For starters, this disorder has claimed lives. Left untreated, there have been many cases of individuals who simply couldn't take their internal turmoil and resorted to suicide as a means of escape. This is not to suggest that you would personally go this route, but it has happened.

The two primary things that generally separate individuals with normal, healthy amounts of anxiety or depression from people with a debilitating condition are the severity of the symptoms coupled with their persistence and duration. Obviously, the severity is important, but not everyone has anxiety so intense that they can't interact with others or face the real world. However, it may be wearing them down slowly because it just won't let up. Kind of like being “softly” punched in one area of your body over and over and over again.

Of course, no matter how extreme or persistent the anxiety depression syndrome may be, there are still countless individuals who fail to seek professional help, either medical treatment or psychological support. I would assert that this is because the condition itself prevents them from doing so. They are literally too anxious and depressed to go get help for their anxiety and depression. It truly is a catch 22.

There are things that an individual with this affliction can do to improve their symptoms at least enough to be able to follow through with seeking out professional help. And what tops the list of effective anxiety and depression treatments? Exercise! When you work up a nice sweat, either with aerobics, weights, or a combination of these, you get your endorphins flowing, your muscular tension absolved, and your overall stress lowered dramatically.

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