Deborah K Bates - Blog
Anxiety in the Modern Day
"Live in rooms full of light
Avoid heavy food
Be moderate in the drinking of wine
Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics
Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water
Change surroundings and take long journeys
Strictly avoid frightening ideas
Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements
Listen to music."
~ A Cornelius Celsus ~
Modern Day Anxiety Approaches
A spate of enquiries has prompted this blog on a subject that appears on the rise. The nature of the enquiries relate to feelings of anxiousness and how to manage anxiety in this modern day besieged by a plethora of anxiety triggers.
Anxiety is a generalised term and covers an array of basic human emotions and states of being such as worry, uncertainty, apprehension, nervousness fearfulness etc. and can affect our behaviours, relationships, career and physiological systems – general well-being. Inability to manage stress and anxiety is believed to stem from lifestyle choices, environmental factors i.e. learned behaviours, biological vulnerability or imbalance in the hormones.
In my practice I have found more and more that many cases of anxiety can be attributed to an out of balance state of being or an interruption in the body’s homeostatic status. Stress and anxiety of any kind can play havoc on our nervous system which in direct relationship with our endocrine system, and affects/presents as symptoms of imbalance in the Thyroid, Adrenals, Pancreas, Pineal and Pituitary Glands.
“Today we are educated with a greater acceptance and awareness between the physical body and the emotions – hate poisons the cells and manifests as skin conditions, cancers and acne, grief engulfs our lungs and suffocates our breathing, fear paralyses and crystallizes fluids into gall stones or kidney stones, anger and rage boils the blood and sends toxins into the liver and gall-bladder, anxiety churns the stomach and congests the flow of elimination, regret and sorrow strip the cells of the spleen and pancreas, depleting the sweetness of life, jealousy and envy sears through the veins and hardens the heart, bitterness and judgement freezes our joints creating arthritis and immobility, and self-reproach annihilates the spirit and inhibits healing.” [Reference; Your Personal Tuning Fork the Endocrine System]
- Inability to relax and constant feeling of tenseness
- Physical disturbances such as a dry mouth, sweaty or cold, clammy hands, shortness of breath or choking feelings, muscles are tense and aching, trembling or shaky feelings, feeling faint, headaches, frequent urination
- Digestive problems such as nausea, cramping, diarrhoea, constipation, or other digestive problems
- Constant circling in the mind about problems or a problem
- Easily irritated or snap easily
- Feeling hopeless or futile or that your life is devoid of joy
- Excessive tiredness or trouble falling or staying asleep
- Your anxiety interferes with your work or family responsibilities
- You imagine that something bad will happen or have a sense of foreboding
- Unexplained palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- Constant feeling of tenseness or being on edge or losing control
- Feeling unable to cope and overwhelmed by daily life
Deciding What Is Manageable and What Isn’t
Feelings of anxiousness are common-day conditions that affect us at all. Life can be fast-paced and present a lot of extra pressures and challenges such as exams, job interviews, disruption to the home environment, or career changes. Deciding what is normal for you and what isn’t will determine the best approach in seeking help or managing your anxiety.
If you’re experiencing a lot of physical anxiety symptoms, consider getting a medical check-up. Your doctor can check to make sure that your anxiety isn’t caused by lifestyle choices, biological vulnerability or imbalance in the hormones.
Once you have isolated the cause of the anxiety and/or anxiety attacks you can make suitable choices for management and control. My personal preference for dealing with anxiety and stress is natural approaches, and in my practice I have assisted many to cope with anxiety and anxiety attacks through methods which balance the hormones to self-management techniques using behavioural therapy, EFT, homeopathy, hormone balancing, meditation and yoga. Anxiety disorders respond extremely well to natural methods treatment.
How to Deal with Anxiety (Personal Management Techniques)
Behavioural therapy sounds worse than it is and simply means focussing on the behaviour that is the response to stress/anxiety, rather than issues from the past. Essentially this type of therapy focuses on thoughts in relation to behaviours by helping you to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and irrational beliefs that precipitates anxiety/attacks. Another stream of this therapy encourages confronting fears in a safe and controlled manner.
Chill-out time just for pleasure – Take time out from the day for nothing more than pleasure. This is a completely worry-free’ time and can be as little as 5-10 minutes. Focusing on pleasurable thoughts gives the brain a break from thinking and worrying and has enormous benefits on the physiological states, as well as training the brain towards positive thinking and changes in behaviour.
Journal the worries away – When you feel anxious write it down, all of the worries, fears and/or triggers. The action of thinking coupled with kinaesthetic writing helps to defuse the negative thoughts.
Acceptance – Life is full of challenges, stressors and situations that can play havoc with our equilibrium. Life throws curve balls and accepting this takes the pressure of our brain to develop worrying scenarios and uncertainties. The more we accept life with its ups and downs, the easier we can release any expectations on ourselves and life to deliver perfection, thus our brain doesn’t need to invent worries and feelings of being doomed.
Meditation / Mindfulness / Deep Breathing – These are powerful and easy techniques that infuse a sense of calm throughout our physical body, our minds and connects us to our spirit. These practices engender a sense of calm which we can bring to the fore when encountering challenges and stresses. Deep breathing brings about immediate equilibrium and can reduce anxiety symptoms immediately and increases feelings of relaxation and calm.
Nutrition / Eat healthy – Foods designed to ‘feed the body’ not hunger, will support all of the body’s systems. Reducing alcohol, nicotine or other substances gives the body a break from toxins which over-load the system and throws not just the body's systems and hormones out of whack, and this only serves to exacerbate the anxiety cycle.
Exercise and Sleep - Exercise releases endorphins and happy hormones which are a natural stress and anxiety buster. Sleep is under-rated as a therapy and inadequate sleep puts enormous stress on the body and throws the body’s systems and hormones out of whack which exacerbates the anxiety cycle. A simple 20 minute walk or a few stretches when feeling anxious can make a huge difference.
Laughter / Weeping - Laughter and weeping/crying are some of the easiest and fastest ways to release toxins, raise energy levels and decrease stress. Laughter has the ability to raise the vibrations and energy levels and is becoming one of the most low maintenance, free, all-rounder holistic balancers available for stress and anxiety relief. Weeping not only cleanses and detoxifies, it raises the body’s energy levels, which assists people to feel better both physically and physiologically. Suppressing tears increases stress levels, and contributes to the stress/anxiety cycle.
In my book Your Personal Tuning Fork the Endocrine System, I have a complete symptom repertory on each gland as well as a Healthy Endocrine Plan/Wellbeing plan complete with a range of modalities to assist such as: Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Bach Flower Remedies, Color Therapy, Counseling/Psychotherapy, Crystal Therapy, Herbalism, Homoeopathy, Iridology, Kinesiology, Massage, Meditation, Naturopathic Medicine, Reflexology, Reiki, Sound Therapy, Therapeutic Touch, Yoga Therapy, Behavioural Therapy, EFT, Self-management Techniques.
Read more about natural health remedies and ways to enhance your health in my bestselling book,Your Personal Tuning Fork the Endocrine System.
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Information in this article is for educational purpose only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you have concerns about your wellbeing.