When you go to a medical clinic to seek help in dealing with anxiety you are most likely going to be given prescriptions for certain drugs.
Now using pharmaceutical drugs to deal with anxiety and panic attacks is fine – the only problem is that they do not let you take full control of your own body.
Instead they function more as preventive shields but they aren’t really tackling the cause of anxiety, which is your body’s over-reaction to the fight or flight mechanism.
Worse, you could become drug dependent just to stay stable.
So instead of using prescription drugs, you may use natural methods that allow you to take control of your mind and body.
These natural methods will let you battle the symptoms of a panic attack (they can feel very similar to a heart attack) without the use of drugs.
They may require more practice than you are ready to undertake but they will become very useful in the long run.
Method #1 – Slow, Rhythmic Breathing
Slow breathing is one of the oldest tricks in the book but it has been for good reason.
Slow, rhythmic breathing does indeed help a person going through an anxiety attack.
The slow rhythm helps the person calm down and his or her blood pressure returns to normal.
With a regularized blood flow and the brain sinking back into a normal state of mind, the body no longer stays in its heightened fight or flight state.
It does take practice however and some experts suggest counting down from ten until you become completely relaxed.
Method #2 – Massage Therapy
In some ways, regular massage therapies can become just as expensive as prescription drugs but it can achieve all the same effects without causing issues related to drug dependency.
Massages can reduce the amount of tension in the muscles and this ultimately reduces stress.
Anxiety is often caused by a build-up of stress which then triggers the mind into a self-defense mode, leading to a panic attack, even when there is no apparent threat around.
By reducing stress in the body you are also reducing the causes of anxiety.
Method #3 – Sound Therapy
There are specific sound frequencies and music that can indeed help a person battle anxiety.
These sounds can help open brain pathways and thus normalize brain function, preventing the body from suddenly entering fight or flight mode unnecessarily.
It has also been proven that some sounds and songs can increase dopamine and serotonin in the body which leads to a happier, lighter mood.
Anxiety can be caused by too much stress and depression, so lightening up the mood is a good way to stop panic attacks altogether.
There are other methods such as aromatherapy and Yoga exercises.
All of these are natural methods that you can practice to combat stress, depression, and exhaustion, all of which trigger anxiety attacks.
Yes, there are instances where prescription drugs are required but for the most part you will want to depend on your own system to battle the issue and not become dependent on any prescription drug.
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