Is Anxiety Ruining Your Life?
Medications like Xanax and Valium are known to be addictive. Nonetheless, unsuspecting patients are often written long-term prescriptions, with no end in sight. If you are considering pharmaceuticals to treat anxiety, I urge you to try these effective, natural remedies which offer real results, without drug dependency.
Tapering off benzodiazepine (“anti-anxiety”) meds should be done under a Doctor’s supervision.
It Starts In The Body
Anxiety is often experienced via a combination of intense bodily signals:
Also known as the “fight or ﬂight” instinct, this is an important signal from the body of the immediate need for survival.
In the absence of a clear, physiological driver (like a lion rushing towards you, licking its lips!), we are left with a generalized feeling that we label “anxiety”. These “anxiety attacks” create a vacuum of confusion as to what these signals are trying to tell us.
A Signal of Imbalance
Interestingly, these symptoms are potential indicators of a blood sugar imbalance. Reactive hypoglycemia masquerades as anxiety and panic attacks, particularly in women.
They may also be your body’s way of signaling that a much deeper issue needs to be addressed:
A signal of the need for inner focus.
A signal of the need for growth and change.
Supporting your body and mind through dis-ease offers you the opportunity to take a mindful look at your symptoms. Don’t fight yourself, because the body and mind fight back.
There’s a gentler way!
3 Safe Ways to Chill
Here are 3 powerful tactics that anyone can engage to immediately lessen
the body's stress response.
1) Breath This Way
Left nostril breathing activates the Ida Nerve Ending in the left nostril, which relates to calmness and relaxation. Breathing through the left nostril for five minutes can lower your blood pressure, producing a rapid reversal of anxiety symptoms.
Sit in an easy pose.
Close your right nostril with your right thumb, stretching your other fingers straight up as antennas.
Close your eyes and begin to breathe long and deep, only through your left nostril.
Continue for three minutes.
2) Drink This
Because our diets are typically heavy in muscle meats, we miss out on the abundant glycine, an amino acid with calming properties, found in bones and connective tissues.
To replace this glycine, use grass-fed gelatin in warm liquids or hydrolyzed collagen mixed with cold water. Start with one tablespoon, working up to two. Don’t worry, it’s ﬂavorless!
3) Soak Here
Structuring a bath into the end of a stressful day is an important act of self-care, and can also double as a mineral cure for anxiety.
Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is often called the “relaxation mineral“. Magnesium is calming to the sympathetic nervous system and is readily absorbed through the skin, optimizing detoxification and cellular function.
Add two cups of Epsom Salts to filtered bath water and soak for 20+ minutes.
Anxiety is important
When we can react less and meet the anxiety with a watchful eye, powerful internal shifts can happen. Develop an understanding of your current state, so that necessary changes can be made and that which is not serving you can be willfully released.
I encourage going deeper, and asking your Inner Healer to show you the truth of this powerful message!