While anxiety has severe repercussions on one’s mental and physical health, there are long-lasting holistic solutions to dealing with it.
To take the first step towards setting yourself free of anxiety, it is important to acknowledge the condition and its symptoms. Denial of the issue prolongs the disorder, inviting more harm to the body. Once the person is aware of the problem and its effects on the body, it is easier to take a corrective course of action.
Most people struggle with seeking help either due to preconceived notions about what counseling may or may not achieve for them, from not knowing where or whom to seek help from, or from embarrassment or shame.
For anxiety counseling, therapists commonly administer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that focuses on recognizing, comprehending, and changing thinking patterns consciously. CBT places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapists. Through exercises in the sessions and homework, patients develop coping skills, whereby they can learn to change their own thinking, problematic emotions, and behavior..
Alternative treatments involving yoga, deep breathing practices, and meditation have been found to tremendously complement the success of counseling therapies like CBT.
Recent body of research found that the practice of yoga may help diminish the symptoms of GAD. The main solution that yoga seemed to produce for people was reduction of irrational worrying, a trigger for anxiety. A regular practice of yoga increases self-awareness and helps bring about calm and relaxation in the event of stressful situations. This awareness allows sufferers to distinguish the real from the unreal, the truth from the imagined. By allowing patients to be witness to the symptoms of anxiety in their body and mind, a sense of distance or detachment from the symptoms occurs which then allows them to deal with the symptoms better. Yoga includes asanas (body postures), pranayama (deep breathing tools), meditation, and a deeper understanding of the essence of yoga as a union of mind, body and spirit.