Tis the season to be jolly…and busy…and quite possibly a bit frazzled. If you’re looking for ways to alleviate stress and anxiety, you’ve come to the right place.
There are several safe and effective methods to treat anxiety naturally. For starters, take a little time each day for yourself and make sure you get plenty of sleep. Too much unhealthy food and too little exercise are an energy-draining, mood-plummeting combo, so you also need to try to eat as healthy as possible and keep your level of physical activity up to par.
But lifestyle modifications can only do so much. If anxiety levels skyrocket, it may be time to get some help. The following are a few of my favorite therapies for relieving stress.
- Get a massage. Though massage used to be thought of as an indulgent luxury, it is now recognized as a powerful therapeutic tool. In addition to decreasing anxiety and tension and alleviating stress naturally, massage eases pain, relieves aching joints and muscles, improves range of motion, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, facilitates recovery from injuries, and lowers blood pressure and heart rate. Some insurance plans even cover prescribed massage therapy—it’s that effective!
- Try a course of acupuncture. If you’ve never experienced acupuncture, the idea that needles could relieve, rather than cause pain and anxiety may be hard to fathom. But the sterilized, disposable needles used in acupuncture are so thin that patients rarely feel anything more than a slight tingling sensation. After the needles are inserted, the lights are lowered, soft music is played, and you experience complete, healing relaxation. A course of acupuncture is a wonderful way to melt away stress and anxiety.
- Give reflexology a shot. Although reflexology is a remarkably soothing and relaxing experience, it is actually a therapeutic modality that provides tremendous benefits when used alone or in conjunction with other treatments. Patients at Whitaker Wellness have had particularly good results with reflexology for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, digestive complains, headaches, and other conditions in which stress plays a role.
For times of acute stress and anxiety, I never recommend dangerous and addictive anti-anxiety medications. Instead, try GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid). This safe and extremely effective amino acid works on the same chemical pathways as Xanax, Valium, and other drugs—without all the negative side effects. To treat anxiety naturally, I recommend 750 mg of regular or 100 mg of better-absorbed PharmaGABA, one to three times per day as needed. GABA is widely available online and in health food stores.
To receive any of these natural treatments for anxiety and stress at the Whitaker Wellness Institute, call (800) 488-1500.
Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite way to relieve stress?