Anxiety has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and the same question is being asked by millions of people: what is the best treatment for anxiety? There are a multitude of anxiety treatments on the market, but which is one is best for you? This article will shed a little light on the world of anxiety treatments and leave with you better armed in your fight against anxiety.
The answer to question of “what is the best treatment for anxiety?” is really quite simple; whatever method works best for you. The fact is, there is no one simple, one-size-fits-all solution that will work for everyone, rather, anxiety sufferers need to try a variety of different strategies to create a patchwork of their ultimate anxiety-defeating program. Here are a few strategies you might want to try if anxiety is getting you down:
Most people, whether they suffer from anxiety or not, breathe far too shallowly. Learning to breathe from deep within your diaphragm will make a tremendous change in your ability to ward off panic attacks, and to lessen their duration and intensity when you fall victim to them. To breathe in a manner that’s conducive to banishing anxiety, begin by taking a deep breath to the count of five. You can even place your hand on your stomach to make sure your breath is going to the correct place. Hold the breath for five seconds, and then slowly release. Continue doing this for as long as you need until you begin to feel relaxed.
Get Plenty of Exercise
There are several studies that show exercise as being just as effective as anti-anxiety medication and antidepressants in treating anxiety. To get the utmost benefit, you should engage in cardiovascular activity for at least 30 minutes each day, and this can range from low-impact activities such as walking, to harder workout such as running. Basically, anything that will get your heart rate up will suffice. If you haven’t worked out in a while, you can begin by getting your heart rate up in small increments. After you feel more comfortable, you can start working out for longer periods of time, with more intensity. Yoga, although not considered a cardiovascular workout, is a great activity for anxiety sufferers, as it has been shown to increase levels of anxiety-reducing GABA in the brain.
Get Professional Help
Sometimes, you just can’t make it on your own. There is no shame in getting help from an experienced therapist, as it may just be your ticket out of anxiety. Don’t be afraid to shop around for a therapist that you can develop a good relationship with, someone who is responsible, caring and is especially attentive to your needs. Be sure to find a therapist who is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, as this has been proven to be the best type of therapy for anxiety sufferers. People often mistake cognitive-behavioral therapy with positive thinking, but the two are definitively different. Positive thinking is pretty much defined by the obvious: thinking in a positive manner about the events in our lives. However, there are certain aspects in our lives that can never be viewed as positive, and we’re lying to ourselves if we believe that. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, on the other hand, trains us to see life in a more realistic manner. It clears up the cloud of cognitive distortions that plague our minds, and replaces those maladaptive thoughts with a thinking pattern that is more realistic. This type of therapy is an effective short-term process that teaches us to be our own therapists, and deal with the trials of our lives in more productive ways.
Every technique that has been mentioned above has a long history of effectiveness in treating anxiety. It’s up to you to peruse them and decide which work best for you, so you can move on from you anxiety and live a more peaceful life.
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