Anxiety and High Blood Pressure

November 6th, 2006

High Blood Pressure is a condition that cuts across all the age groups. It is important not to neglect this condition and one should get help as soon as he or she is diagnosed. It is a symptom of stress and Anxiety and should be diagnosed properly since the blood pressure in a normal person can fluctuate during the day due to the effect of stress, Anxiety, alcohol intake and the likes.

To confirm a case of High Blood Pressure, persistent elevated readings should be recorded at different times during the day, on different days and in different circumstances. It is a well-established fact that acute stress and Anxiety can lead to a momentary increase in blood pressure due to changes in the flow pattern of blood from the heart.

Chronic Anxiety can lead to prolonged Hypertension. Anxiety disorder has been linked with increased risk for Hypertension and Cardiovascular mortality. Close to seventy percent of all the High Blood Pressure problems are linked to emotional stress or Anxiety during difficult situations. Conversely, higher levels of Anxiety have been found in hypertensive subjects. When this phenomenon becomes recurrent, it can lead to long-term permanent damage like heart attacks, kidney failure or liver failure.

Also, when one is anxious it is easy to resort to other unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking, which can further aggravate the problem. Hence it is critical that the treatment being administered for controlling High Blood Pressure should also provide Anxiety relief.

Here are some tips which can help you manage your condition of High Blood Pressure and at the same time will help in providing relief from Anxiety. One should eat regular meals and avoid stimulants like coffee. Preference should be given to foods that are natural like fruits, whole grains etc. It is also important to exercise regularly. It will help relieve Tension and also boost the Cardiovascular system.

However, it is prudent to consult your doctor before embarking on an exercise regimen. It is equally important to get adequate rest since it will relax the muscles and help in relieving the buildup of stress and Anxiety. If nothing works, it is advisable to consult your doctor for medication to address your blood pressure as well as providing relief from Anxiety.

Since these medications have their side effects, it is wise to evaluate the natural treatments for Anxiety relief in consultation with your doctor. This can help you provide complete relief from Anxiety, thereby eliminating the root cause of your High Blood Pressure.

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Options of herbal remedies for anxiety

October 25th, 2006

Constant overuse of antibiotics and prescription drugs has resulted in the toxification of our bodies. To add to the misuse of these drugs, many of them have side effects that can cause other health conditions to develop. Due to an increase in awareness of these facts, many people are looking towards natural treatments for most ailments and conditions. Not many people are aware of the fact that there exist medicines in the ancient science of Ayurveda that can treat emergency situations also. The fact that FDA does not evaluate and research Herbal Remedies lends itself to doubts and questions about its efficacy, but most people who have used these Herbal Remedies can vouch for their efficacy and safety.

One such area where Herbal Remedies are extremely effective is in the arena of Anxiety relief. These natural treatments for Anxiety are not only free from side effects and non-habit forming but also as effective as any prescription drug. The key lies in the fact that these remedies should also be administered by someone who has been trained in this field and knows the exact potency, dosage and manner in which it should be ingested. Trained professionals are now undertaking clinical trials to ensure that they can document and prove the effectiveness of the Natural Remedy, something that they have observed empirically.

Anxiety manifests itself in different ways for different people. The theory of natural treatment believes in treating each body differently based on specific types and symptoms. The focus is on treating the cause of the problem rather than subduing the symptoms. Unlike most prescription drugs that can cause many side effects and create other complexities in the body, herbal treatments attack the root cause of the problem and ensure proper treatment.

Which is why you may see many Herbal Remedies that claim to have Anxiety relief properties. What one needs to know is that there are different Herbs that need to be ingested and these may differ from person to person. Lets look at some of these Herbs used for providing Anxiety relief.

Valerian is the most well known of the Herbal Remedies and it has been tested clinically for effectiveness. Others like Kava kava helps in promoting sleep and reducing Anxiety. Another herb that helps in Anxiety management by providing relief from Sleeplessness is Hops. Herbs like Bugleweed and Lemon Balm are mild relaxants and soothe taut nerves. For certain severe cases, California poppy can be used to provide a tranquilizing effect.

Herbal Remedies are available for treatment for psychosomatic conditions like Headaches and stomach disorders that may have resulted from acute Anxiety and stress. Catnip can be used for an upset stomach and Fennel specifically helps in gastrointestinal problems, reduces Flatulence and relaxes the intestinal muscles.

In many cases Headaches are a part of Anxiety and stress. Meadowsweet can prove to be as effective as an analgesic for Headaches. Feverfew has been known to be extremely effective in reducing Migraine and calming nerves due to stress. Motherwort is another effective herb that should be administered when Anxiety is accompanied with palpitations.

The availability of such a range of remedies implies that natural treatments for Anxiety need to be taken under supervision. Even though these Herbs have no side effects, the dosages should be monitored and administered by a professional to ensure that you are taking the right treatment for your particular case.

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7 Proven Ways to Resist the Urge to Smoke

October 21st, 2006

When you decide to stop smoking the most difficult part is to resist the urges. It doesn’t matter that each craving lasts only 3-5 minutes. It’s still the whole 5 minutes to battle with your willpower! These 7 tips will help you to resist the urge to smoke (one urge at a time).

  1. Remind Yourself Why You Quit

Every time you experience a craving remind yourself why you quit. It’s the excellent idea to take a blank index card and list all the reasons why you decided to Quit Smoking. List as many as you can, the more the better. If necessary, take the second index card. Carry them with you all the time. Every time you feel the urge to smoke take the index card and slowly read all your reasons why you decided to stop. After you finish reading your urge will pass! (If not, read them one more time or come up with more reasons.)

  1. Reward Yourself

Make it a habit to reward yourself at the end of each nonsmoking week. Think of something you want (it doesn’t have to be something expensive, a nice home made meal or hot bath will work). Take the index card and write down what would you give yourself at the end of the week. When the urge comes take a look at the index card with your reward. Isn’t it worth coping for 3 minutes? :)

  1. Be prepared for your urges!

Get yourself prepared for the urge to smoke in advance. In most cases something triggers the craving (certain feelings, people, or places). You have to know what triggers the urge. Let’s do a really quick exercise. Take a blank piece of paper and divide it into 2 columns. On the one side list your triggers (like “stuck in traffic”, “drinking morning coffee”, “arguing with colleague”…) and in the second column write down the alternative course of action. For example, instead of smoking while drinking your morning coffee you could read a newspaper. Instead of smoking after the hot argument with your colleague you can take a walk around a block or write down everything you think about this person, then tier this piece of paper in shreds and throw it away. Don’t be lazy, write it down! This exercise really works!

  1. Call your friend

This method works great. Call someone that can support you, who can talk with you for a couple of minutes. You can call your nonsmoking friend, or someone who’s trying to Quit Smoking too.

  1. Distract yourself with a quick task

Think of a small task you have to do, something what would take you 5-10 minutes. Make a call, send a fax, make yourself a cup of coffee, water the plant in your office. Anything! Your task is to distract yourself until the urge will pass. (Hint: Try to find activity that makes smoking impossible)

  1. Drink a Glass of Water

Take a glass of water and drink it with a straw. First of all having something in your mouth to chew on will help, second it will take you a couple of minutes to drink the whole glass and the urge will pass. Plus, don’t forget that you’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water every day!

  1. Power Tip

That’s the disgusting one, but it often works. Print a small picture of Smokers’ lungs (you can find one here: http://www.quitsmok ingsupport. com/lungphotos. html) and put it somewhere in your wallet. I know the view is not pretty, but something like this can stop you dead on your track from lighting up. Take a look! Really! THIS could be your lungs! You love yourself, and you respect your body. You won’t harm yourself on purpose, won’t you?

About the author

Arina is the owner of a website http://www.how-to-quit-smoking.net. You CAN learn how to Quit Smoking for life - from the comfort of your home - without patches, pills and gums, and, without gaining any weight or suffering a single major craving!

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Panic Attack Treatments - Take Your Life Back

October 12th, 2006

You might already know that there are a number of treatment options available for people suffering from debilitating Panic Attacks. Many of these options belong to the Natural Remedies category and they promise to offer instant as well as long term relief from Panic Attacks. You can take your pick from herbal tablets, liquids and capsules.

Panic Attack Treatments - Popular Products

Most of the popular natural Panic Attack treatments have propriety ingredients, which are usually plant or vegetable extracts. For example, Nerve Tonic is one such product and it taken by the sublingual method ? meaning it is dissolved under the tongue. Nerve Tonic is not at all addictive and can be discontinued at any time.

Similarly, another product worth mentioning is PureCalm, which manages to tackle Panic Attacks using the theory of aromatherapy. All you need to do is have about twelve to twenty drops of PureCalm per day and you will feel yourself more calm and relaxed. PureCalm is 100% natural and does not have any side effects.

Natural Treatments And Group Programs

Understanding the reason behind your Panic Attacks can also help you cope with them better. Natural treatments for Anxiety include group therapy programs that focus on Panic Attack treatment and help people overcome them without any medications (pharmaceutical or otherwise). You can search for a program in your area and join one - you might just be surprised at how taking a simple class can help you manage your panic and Anxiety attacks.

Massage And Acupressure

Many people consider Massages as relief only for physical problems. However, special techniques such as Acupressure and Shiatsu are known to provide Anxiety relief as they for focus on certain stress points of the body and exercise those points. This is probably one the best ways to fight Panic Attacks; however, they do take some time to have an effect. Therefore, you need to be patient when using Acupressure and massage remedies to help you overcome Anxiety.

There are new innovations in the field of panic and Anxiety relief on a regular basis so it is quite likely that you will be able to find newer ways to treat your panic and Anxiety attacks in the years to come.

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Panic Attack Treatments - What is the Advantage of Natural Treatment?

October 11th, 2006

Panic Attacks are caused by Anxiety, Depression, fear and nervousness. Panic Attacks are sudden and last for very short duration but may cause enormous harm to mental and physical health. At the time of Panic Attack the person under attack may not know that he/she is suffering with panic disorder or Anxiety.

The after-effects of the Panic Attack may make one realize the harm it has done to one?s self-esteem, health, social reputation and relationships. While one may try to work on materialistic harm caused by Panic Attack but to re-build your own self and as a social being it is necessary to cure the mental, physical and emotional health.

There are many treatments for panic disorder and Panic Attacks. Most people go to a psychiatrist or psychologist or LCSW. It is important and necessary to seek medical advice when one feels sick and behavior is abnormal. People shy away from treatment for Anxiety or Depression due to fear of social isolation or long medication.

There are many other Panic Attack treatments. Anxiety, Depression and nervousness must be checked at the on-set with proper counseling, physical exercise, eating well & sleeping well. To avoid severe Panic Attacks in this state and to improve overall health one may consider natural therapies.

Passiflora is a natural tranquilizer and treats Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression. This herb puts you to sleep and provides necessary rest. This is also used after sudden Panic Attacks to recover the lost energy.

The advantage of using this herb is that in the state of panic when it is difficult to sleep due to Anxiety or lack of time, this herb along with Lavender or St. John?s Wort provides relief to the nervous system.

The main advantages of natural treatment for Anxiety and panic disorder are low risks and no side-effects. The natural treatment brings nature?s force to cure you and energize you with a resolve to solve your problems.

The effect of these Herbs on your attitude and general health can be seen immediately, they act as a tonic. Before you start feeling terrible, hitting your children, shouting & throwing objects or any other abnormal behavior get natural relief for your body system.

At this time you must exercise, eat healthy food and take care of yourself to allow these natural Herbs work for you. You will soon feel happy, confident and determined.

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack http://nccam.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort

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Controlling Anxiety Through Herbs and Diet

October 9th, 2006

The human body is designed to endure a certain amount of Anxiety or Panic Attacks for a defined period of time. However, excessive Anxiety on a regular basis can lead to many health problems.

The issue of Anxiety disorder is assuming the proportion of an epidemic in the country and according to statistics released by the National Institute of Mental Health Anxiety disorders is the most common type of mental illness in the U.S., with approximately 40 million people over the age of 18 affected each year. Nearly seventy five percent of those with an Anxiety disorder have their first instance by the age of 21.5.

It is essential that medical intervention be sought at the earliest to avoid long-term harm that extended Anxiety can have on the overall health. These days, natural treatments for Anxiety are gaining importance, of which diet and Herbs form two important pillars.

Diet plays an important role in the treatment of Anxiety disorder. It is important to eat a balanced diet and avoiding certain kinds of foods itself can be a treatment. The first thing that you should eliminate from your diet to reduce chances of an Anxiety disorder is caffeine. To do this you would need to put a complete restriction on intake of coffee, tea and soft drinks. In case complete restriction is an issues switching over to decaffeinated coffee is a better option.

Clinical research has shown that in many cases, eliminating coffee alone can in itself be a complete solution for Anxiety relief. Anxiety disorders are linked to Hypoglycemia as well and so those who are prone to low blood sugar levels should ensure that they reduce the consumption of simple sugars and replace them with whole grains.

The addition of Proteins to your diet can help in avoiding Anxiety attacks. Another Anxiety or Panic Attack treatment that is gaining acceptance with people as well as the medical fraternity is Herbal Remedies. They essentially provide relaxing and calming effect on the human body. Since some Herbal Remedies may interact with other prescription drugs, it is advisable that these remedies be tried in consultation with a physician.

Herbs like kava-kava and Valerian roots have been used to for quite some time now. Kava, a native to Polynesia, has been used to treat Insomnia, Anxiety and Tension. It has been shown to promote relaxation without affecting mental alertness. Clinically tested Kava has been shown to be effective for the treatment of Anxiety disorders using a dose of 300 mg kava extract per day.

The herb Valerian acts as a tranquilizer and is known to calm the nervous system and is best known as a remedy for Insomnia. It has also been tested clinically and human trials with Valerian extract having a minimum of 0.8% valerenic acid have been found to be highly effective.

The good news is that it is not habit forming. The other Herbs that have been used in treating Anxiety disorder, though not tested clinically, are California poppy, Hops, Ashwagandha, Passionflower, Chamomile and Catnip.

Most of the herbal preparations commercially available in the market are usually a combination of two or more Herbs.

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Natural Treatments for Anxiety: The Healing Properties of Herbs

October 7th, 2006

Many people have never taken medicine for Anxiety relief — not even an aspirin. They don’t want to pollute their bodies with anything synthetic or chemical, because they truly believe that treating illness as naturally as possible is the best solution. So, many will turn to Herbal Medicine for Anxiety, which is not — and never has been — considered “conventional medicine,” a phrase many of us, in this highly commercial Western world, have become wary of � quite unnecessarily.

Every year there are approximately 10 million negative drug reactions in the United States alone, and 600,000 more victims wind up in hospital beds for the same reason.

Studies have shown that people who use Herbs for health care remedies account for fewer than 1 percent of all toxic reactions to medicines. And that’s worldwide; not just in the U.S.

So why not try the natural route? What do you have to lose? If it doesn’t work for you, you’re free to return to the medicine your doctor prescribed — but again, natural treatments for Anxiety are prescription-free, doctor-visit-free, and just might make a huge impact on your life.

Plant substances can truly help keep you stronger, healthier and more energetic than you dreamed possible � and they can truly heal illness and injury.

From age-old wisdom to late-breaking discoveries, there are an estimated 1,000 Herbs for home use, giving you the control to steer your own health destiny.

Again, every person is different, and every drug, herb, or botanical will work differently in every person’s body. Just listen to your body; if you �tune in,� you’ll remain in complete control without a doctor’s supervision, if that is indeed your choice.

You can support your body’s own regenerative mechanisms so it can fight infection and degeneration from within. You will reduce your risks for ailments and disease, and using Herbs will also let you �be your own physician� � allowing you to determine the sources of the nagging, everyday aches and pains that often accompany Anxiety or even Panic Attack.

These are just a few ailments that often accompany Anxiety had healing effects for thousands of years:

  1. Headache: Ginger, feverfew and Rosemary are stand-out Migraine relievers; Peppermint oil dabbed on your temples, scalp and neck can relieve Tension Headaches.
  2. Insomnia: Valerian root, Hops, and scullcap leaf are just a few of the many Herbs that can safely transport you to slumber — without risk of dependency.
  3. Arthritis: You don’t have to “just live with it” any more! Try turmeric root, guggul, boswellia and Ginger.
  4. Diabetes: Love onions? Eat them every day! Also try fenugreek seed and bittermelon, among others, which are excellent natural blood sugar-control remedies.

Today, with the high costs of doctors’ visits, the waiting period before you are able to secure an appointment, the high cost of prescription drugs, the cost of health and prescription-drug insurance, it’s not a bad idea at all to give Herbs a try. You may be very surprised.

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How to Achieve Anxiety Relief With Alternative Therapy

October 6th, 2006

If this article caught your attention, at least a few things are pretty certain: You have likely experienced tragedy, pain, or financial difficulties, and you�ve been through the emotionally troubling and devastating times that so often accompany these passages through life. Finding remedies for Anxiety relief is easier than you may think.

Wondering “why?” “how could this happen to me?” or declaring that “life isn’t fair!” really is self-defeating, despite your strong urges to ask those questions of yourself. It�s not self-defeating, however, to ask for help when you feel like you just can’t quite make it alone; and it’s certainly not wrong, or “weak,” to give yourself time to go through a grieving process over whatever it is that brought you down — asking for help and allowing yourself to move through the stages of grief of trauma are healthy, normal, and natural. Don’t ever tell yourself you’re too strong to let anything bother you: if you try to take on more than you feel you honestly can, you’ll buckle under the pressure and take yourself farther on down.

You can truly find natural treatments for Anxiety and even Panic Attack treatments to heal your body and spirit when everything seems literally hopeless. In a very important way, this singularly emotional head-on collision with life’s toughest lines of attack will later serve to make you stronger. It really will — even though you won’t see that while you’re enduring that hopeless feeling.

Now is the time to ask for help: reach out to whomever you feel closest: a best friend, spouse, family member, counselor, member of the clergy, or even your faithful pet. Just go to your own particular touchstone, and get to work: Put all your energy into yourself and your healing process — the time to focus on you is now! You can’t get rid of what you won’t accept in yourself.

You can’t fight something you keep insisting isn’t really there. So, where there’s pain, there’s healing; where there’s a wound, there’s a bandage.

Sometimes just being reminded that feelings of hopelessness related to Anxiety are natural and to be expected is all you need to get over the obstacles blocking your path. And sometimes, watching something you’ve worked on come falling from its very foundation will show you what you’re really made of — while you’re busy building another firm base to replace what’s been lost. And if nothing else works, here’s a surefire “quick fix” that will turn you around really quickly:

Take a “time-out” like you did when you were a child — do whatever it takes: the methods really don�t matter, as long as it helps. If it works for you, do it — you’ll soon be on the way to some serious, holistic healing.

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Managing Your Anxiety and Fears

September 14th, 2006

Following is a list of techniques that you can use to help manage your every day anxieties, stresses, and fears:

  • When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of Anxiety, divide the task into a series of smaller steps. Complete each of the smaller tasks one at a time. Completing these smaller tasks will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.

  • Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, take a deep breathe and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get your mind off of the problem. Get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give you a fresh perspective on things.

  • Sometimes we encounter a scary situation that gets us all upset. When encountering these events, always remember to get all of the facts of the given situation. Gathering the facts can prevent you from relying on exaggerated and fearful assumptions. By focusing on the facts, you can rely on what is reality and what is not.

  • In dealing with your anxieties, learn to take it one day at a time. While the consequences of a particular fear may seem real, there are usually other factors that cannot be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation.

  • At times, you might encounter a fearful thought that may be difficult to manage. When this happens, visualize a red stop sign, which can serve as a reminder to stop thinking about that thought. Regardless of how scary the thought may be, do not dwell on it.

Managing your fears and anxieties takes practice. In time, you will become better able to deal with your stressful problems.

Regardless of how difficult it may be to manage your fears and anxieties, the answers are out there if you look hard enough.

Source: Stanley Popovich- A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear

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All About Anxiety, Fears and Panic

September 12th, 2006

Children and adults can become anxious, irritable or depressed by life and routines changes. All children feel anxious sometimes � your child may be anxious about the first day at school, about going to the dentist or taking an exam.

A child with Anxiety experiences symptoms more intensely and more often, and it can seriously affect day-to-day school, home and social life. Adjusting to going back to school can be stressful for children and parents. Often overlooked are other important issues such as a child�s feelings and emotions about starting or returning to school.

When children are experiencing new situations, it’s normal for them to experience Anxiety. As summer vacation draws closer and closer to its end, more and more students begin thinking about the many challenges their new school year will bring. For most students there is a mixture of excitement and unease. Just the way an adult feels a bit of Anxiety and anticipation before doing anything new or challenging, a little nervousness is expected, says child psychologist Dr. Lawrence Balter.

Anxiety in general and back to school Anxiety can take many forms, and many degrees of severity. Anxiety and Panic Disorder can stem from many of things.

An example of some include:

  • Work stresses

  • Family stresses

  • Money worries

  • School stresses

  • Drug abuse

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Health issues

  • A traumatic event from the past has resurfaced

You can help yourself and your children through it if you understand it.

What are the symptoms of Anxiety?

There is a range of symptoms associated with Anxiety that cause changes physically, emotionally and mentally.

These include:

  • feeling worried, fearful or apprehensive

  • tiredness

  • poor Concentration and restlessness

  • irritability

  • difficulty sleeping

  • dizziness and fainting

  • diarrhea

  • muscle pain

  • Sweating and nausea

  • sickness

  • dry mouth and difficulty swallowing

  • trembling

  • increased heart rate

  • feeling hot or cold.

In additions, with children, Headaches and stomach upsets can be symptoms of Anxiety.

Also, between 25% and 35% of ADHD children also have an Anxiety disorder. In general, children with ADHD and Anxiety are said to find life more stressful than those who just have ADHD. They�re also more likely to have greater problems at school and in social situations.

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric disorders in kids, affecting between 5% and 10% of kids, and these are the children who can have real problems at the start of the school year.

Separation Anxiety disorder, which is developmentally inappropriate and excessive Anxiety concerning separation from home or from those to whom the individual is attached, is a condition that affects about 4% of children under the age of eighteen.

Dr. Rona Novick, a child psychologist, says most cases of school Anxiety are in fact separation Anxiety or social issues. And, they can take on very real physical complaints.

�Anything from struggling to taking long to get dressed in the morning to open refusal and warfare to sobbing, and once the kids get into the school building it may manifest itself with symptomatic symptoms, wanting to go to the nurse, having a belly ache, having a headache, finding basically any excuse that can get you out of the building,� says Dr. Novick. Even if nothing traumatic has happened life, that does not mean you or your children cannot feel anxious about daily struggles, whether it’s grades at school or events in the world around us.

�The trick to fighting the back-to-school Anxiety is to start preparing well ahead of the first day of school�, according to Dr. Dan Jolivet, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Vice President of Clinical Services.

It is important that you seek help for yourself or your child if symptoms have interrupted normal daily life and routine. If you or your child cannot function at school, in social activities, and/or at home, then help is needed.

If your child is losing sleep, missing school, or spending all his or her time alone, then your child needs help. Early intervention in Anxiety disorders may make a big difference in the long run.

For some children the beginning of a new school year brings on a sense of terrific Anxiety and stress for a variety of reasons. Sometimes students need to learn new ways to adjust to their new schedules and environments.

Some behaviors to watch for are:

  • Physical illness (vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms)

  • Excessive crying/ Tantrums

  • Avoidance behaviors (hiding, purposely missing the bus)

  • Aggressiveness (hitting, kicking, biting)

  • Lack of appetite

  • Withdrawal from family/activities

Remember, it is perfectly natural for your child to be nervous, excited, anxious and eager all at the same time leading up to (and during the first days of) the school year.

Whether your day is full of business meetings or social events, take stock of how pressured you feel by your commitments. If you can’t change your schedule and lighten your load, take a few minutes each day to engage in a stress-reducing activity.

Here are some strategies proven to help reduce stress and Tension for both adults and children:

  • Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Massage

  • Writing in a journal

  • Spending time with good friends

  • Catching a funny movie

  • Talk things over with an understanding friend who is compassionate, as well as sensible and positive

  • Have achievable, realistic expectations of yourself. No need to be perfect.

  • Take a break, exercise, walk, deep breathing

  • Avoid adding non-essential tasks that create extra stress

  • Eat healthy foods for Stamina

  • Listen to music that is calming and relaxing

  • Purchase inexpensive tapes or CDs that feature calming ocean sounds, forest sounds, etc. Listen to these relaxation tapes and CDs.

  • Make up affirmations: short, upbeat messages that remind you how you want to feel (ex: “I am calm and relaxed” )

  • Use relaxation techniques such as creative visualization and/or systematic muscle relaxation

Other great ways to boost feelings of calm include spending time with your pets, enjoying some quiet time in nature, exercising, and engaging in any activity that inspires a good belly laugh.

It is estimated that up to 6.5% of the population has suffered from a diagnosable Anxiety Disorder, while many more people struggle with uncomfortable and distressing symptoms of stress and Anxiety. Anxiety is very treatable. To cope with excessive Anxiety you can utilize the various techniques discussed and holistic, Homeopathic Medicine and natural Herbs and treatments are also very effective in conjunction with the techniques. The quicker you address these issues, the quicker you can get on with your day to day life instead of it being a constant battle.

References: Cathleen Henning -Your Guide to Panic/Anxiety Disorders on About.com; Magellan Behavioral Health, Inc.; Families Online Magazine; CBS Worldwide Inc.; Dr. Chris Steer, Joanne King -.anxiety-panic-free.com

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