Most people suffer from anxiety to a certain degree. There are always a few things to worry about, whether they are bills, the kids, one’s job, relationships, and more. Sometimes, however, anxiety becomes overpowering and gets in the way of life itself. In this case, it is very important to seek help. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to take all sorts of prescription drugs, however, but rather that you discuss your problems with someone who understands and can point you in the direction of an anxiety-free life. They may also point you towards a number of natural, at home things that you can do to help you manage your anxiety.
What Is Anxiety?
First of all, you have to understand what anxiety actually is. We have a tendency to put mental health labels on absolutely everything these days, which is not a good development. Not only does it mean you may give yourself a complex where there isn’t one to be had, but it also means that you take away help from the people who do truly suffer from anxiety. So what is anxiety?
People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or otherwise function. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.
How to Treat Anxiety
If you do suffer from a real anxiety disorder, the most common ones being generalized anxiety, panic disorders, phobias, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, and separation anxiety disorder, it is important that you seek help for this. This is because it will interfere significantly with your quality of life, and everybody is entitled to be happy and healthy. There are also a number of things that you can do yourself. One of the most important things is that you learn to relax and take your mind off things.
Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
This is one of the reasons why cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has also been proven to be the most effective type of treatment for almost all anxiety disorders. The premise of CBT is that you have taught yourself to react with a ‘fight or flight response’ to every situation you encounter. What you will learn during therapy is to no longer perceive certain things as dangers, thereby also stopping you from feeling anxious. If you supplement this therapy with things like yoga, pilates, meditation or deep breathing, you may just find that most of your symptoms go away.
You can also choose a number of natural and/or homeopathic remedies, with kava believed to be the best option out there.
Kava is the king of natural anxiety treatments, and the only herb that has been favorably compared in scientific studies to some of the most well-known prescription anxiety treatments. Kava has an active ingredient known as kavalactones, which is believed to improve GABA levels and prevent epinephrine from overwhelming the body while leaving serotonin and other important neurotransmitters untouched.
However, you should discuss taking kava with your medical professional. This is because, while it is available as an over the counter remedy, it is actually very strong (the good brands are, anyway). This means that it could affect other medications you take as well. If kava is too strong, there are a number of other options as well. Valerian and passionflower, for instance, are particularly popular among people with anxiety.