As I’ve explained in the the previous posts in this series, ‘What is anxiety?‘ and ‘What cases anxiety?‘ anxiety is a reaction to a perceived threat to our safety, which happens in the body as well as in the mind, linked through our nervous system.
Historically the conventional treatment for anxiety has been psychiatric drugs, which work by slowing down the nervous system and increasing the feel good hormones serotonin and dopamine in the brain. This works well for many people and allow them to carry on with their lives without anxiety getting in the way.
Many people, however, are reluctant to use these kinds of medications, for various reasons and luckily there are many natural, holistic alternatives that can work just as well. Everyone is different and as anxiety exists on so many levels within our mind / body system, we each need to figure out our own combination of treatments and the correct doses of each. This can be done in conjunction with medication or without, as you see fit.
The key is to learn to listen to your mind and body, get to know your anxiety and your triggers and find the tools, techniques and lifestyle changes that work for you. It’s a bit like working out the right combination to open a safe.
I recommend these 3 tools to get you started:
- Get yourself a nice notebook and start keeping a mood journal. Record how you feel at different times of the day, in different situations and start to look for patterns
- One of the simplest and most natural ways to balance hormones in the body is through paying attention to your physical health and how it affects your anxiety levels. Eating a balanced diet and finding the right type of exercise for you is key to having a healthy nervous system.
- Finding ways to relax deeply helps the nervous system to reset and actually trains the nervous system to be less reactive (meaning less anxiety in daily situations). Ways to relax deeply include things like meditation and somatic practices like yoga or deep breathing. If you would like to try meditation, click HERE to download my free guided meditation – finding you inner peace.
I will share more about this and many other tools in my Coping with Anxiety Holistic Toolkit, which is available from the end of January. If you would like to be notified when it’s out, as well as receive future blog posts, news and offers, please sign up to my newsletter: