All-Natural Anxiety Relief: 3 Techniques For Managing Anxiety And Panic Attacks

Posted on: 15 September 2016

Approximately 18 percent of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. Countless more suffer from temporary bouts of intense anxiety brought about by stressful events. Work is a major cause of anxiety. About 41 percent of employees say they experience intense levels of anxiety while at work. If you're suffering from anxiety, you should talk to your doctor about it. They can prescribe medications to help you deal with the symptoms. However, medication alone does not resolve anxiety. Think about incorporating one or more of the following all-natural techniques into your treatment plan.  


Yoga and other forms of exercise are very successful when it comes to fighting the symptoms of anxiety. Exercise releases your brain's own natural endorphins, which helps keep your brain healthy. Those who exercise regularly may experience less anxiety and their brain is better equipped to handle stress. If you suffer from chronic anxiety and depression, one exercise session can relieve your symptoms for hours. The bottom line: all exercise helps alleviate anxiety. However, calming and relaxing exercises, such as yoga, may even work better. 


There are several breathing techniques that will help you alleviate the symptoms of anxiety in the moment. The good thing about breathing exercises is that you can do them anywhere without drawing attention to yourself or having to stop what you're doing. Simply breathe in through your nose for a count of 5 seconds, hold it for 5 seconds, and breathe out slowly through your mouth. 


Grounding exercises are similar to breathing exercises in that they can be done in the moment. To practice grounding, focus on one object. Notice it's size, shape, color, texture. If at all possible, touch the object and focus on how it feels. Is it cool or warm? Is it smooth or bumpy? By focusing intensely on one object, you take your mind off of your anxiety symptoms. This is especially helpful when it comes to dealing with panic attacks. Panic attacks usually subside after a few minutes. If you can distract yourself long enough for the symptoms to subside, you can limit the effect panic attacks have on your life. 

Anxiety, especially chronic anxiety, can affect every aspect of your life, but it doesn't have to. With the help of your doctor and several all-natural techniques, you can learn to control anxiety and its symptoms. Be sure to exercise and engage in breathing and grounding exercises when the need arises.