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How You Can Manage Anxiety Without Medication
There are millions of people crippled in some way due to anxiety. In fact, anti-anxiety medication is prescribed each day to patients who come in stating that their stress and anxiety levels are through the roof. Now there are some people that say doctors prescribe the medication too quickly; that there are other ways people can manage anxiety symptoms, but the truth is that most people would rather pop a pill for symptoms rather than make some effort to rid them in alternative ways.
I understand. Sometimes it is tempting to just take a pill to relieve symptoms, but if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want to settle for harmful side effects or simply wants to approach issues more alternatively, then there are ways to treat anxiety without medication.
Here are several:
Get control of your thought life
Yes. Your thoughts matter and if your thoughts are going unfiltered, they may be causing you unneeded stress and anxiety. If you are continually thinking negative thoughts, you’re experiencing anxiety and possibly depression. Take some time today and monitor your thought life. Write down the types of thoughts you are thinking. Are they mostly positive or negative? If you’re anxious, chances are they are mostly negative.
Now, learn how to retrain your brain to go from negative to positive. For example, if you keep thinking “I’m so broke. I’ll never get out of this financial mess.” Then it’s time to change that thought to something like “I can become financially responsible and abundant little by little by making wise financial decisions.” Say that over and over again and make the appropriate changes and you’ll see it manifest in due time.
Most worrisome thoughts never actually happen. Keep that in mind as you go throughout your life. Worry less, believe more.
You might think sitting still and being quiet sounds boring- and it may be at first- but if you commit to developing meditation or prayer habits, chances are your stress level will decrease. Many people who commit to even 10 minutes per day admit that they feel better mentally and emotionally. Give it a try!
Every so often during the day, take two or three deep breaths, as this will help you to relax your body and it gets a lot of oxygen to your cells- which will make them happy! Focus on your inhale and exhale often, as when you do, you tend to NOT be focusing on problems, issues, or annoying circumstances.
Watch your attitude
Aim to be an optimist. Look for the silver lining. Hope for the best. As you do, you’ll experience less stress and more peace and happiness.
Start reducing your anxiety by trying these techniques. You might also like to get regular massages or acupuncture, as they are quite helpful in curbing anxiety as well. Of course, if none of these work for you, perhaps you should seek help from a counselor, as they can be quite helpful in helping you get to the root of your anxiety and manage symptoms.
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