Modern technological life has brought in more anxiety. Whether stressed or not, anxiety in today’s life creates feelings of fear, worry, uneasiness, and dread more than any other time in the past. Although anxiety helps one to deal with a difficult situation by prompting timely solutions, when it becomes excessive, it develops into an anxiety disorder. Anxiety turns into fear when threat is the trigger and means for escape is sought. But it becomes “a future-oriented mood state in which one is ready or prepared to attempt to cope with upcoming negative events” in which case it tries to find out positive solutions.
America may boast some of the most advanced medical technology in the world, but facts and statistics say that the health of the American people continues to decline year by year, with ever-growing rates of psychological disorders and degenerative diseases. Anxiety and panic disorders have become very common in modern life, having reached epidemic proportions. Reports say that these disorders affect an estimated 2.4 million Americans which means that one in 113 Americans lives with this anxious condition.
Physical symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety causes numerous disorders when it goes out of control. It is reported to be accompanied by more than 100 physical symptoms, including muscle tightness, heart palpitations, chest tightness/pain, dizziness, numbness, tingling, and electric shock feelings. When anxiety disorders tend to progress it reaches a stage called a panic disorder or panic attacks.
Causes for anxiety
There are various reasons for anxiety disorders. They may have a physical source or emotional one. Mostly, these anxiety disorders are due to emotional issues. Environmental factors, one of the most important of which is poor nutrition, contribute much to this disorder. Use of refined sugar, processed foods, junk foods, fast foods, and so many of modern lifestyle contribute to its devastating effects.
What does anxiety do?
Anxiety is a natural process. It prepares you physically and mentally. Antidepressants are commonly prescribed by conventional medicine to ease symptoms of moderate to severe depression. Generally, medications given for depression and anxiety, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and benzodiazepines, only mask the symptoms and do not remove root cause. Rather, they come up with their own price, addiction and side effects, some of which are dangerous.
Nine natural remedies to reduce anxiety
1) When you feel you are anxious, just hum a song or whistle a tune. Whistling forces you to breathe normally and corrects the oxygen- carbon dioxide imbalance, which makes your heart palpitate rapidly. Singing a song decreases the production of fear-generating neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and diverts your attention.
2) Food plays a vital role in changing moods. If the gas in your stomach (gastritis) is released, it can give you a relief from the pressure in your chest. Eat foods such as papaya enzymes which are absolutely harmless in terms of side effects but highly effective in curing an upset stomach.
3) Proper nourishment will result in reducing anxiety. Raw fruits and vegetables with a little chicken, turkey, and fresh water fish can make an ideal food. Adulterated foods may worsen your condition.
4) You may ask someone rub your feet. If you can, you do some body massaging also. This reduces the production of the fear-oriented peptides and takes your mind off your anxious situation.
5) Any anxiety disorder is a complex condition, involving the emotional and the physical situations. Meditation and prayer can heal you from this condition that encompasses Body, Mind, and Spirit. Meditation and prayer help you gain confidence in the Omnipotent Power and divert your anxiety.
6) Yoga exercises induce good breathing and help you produce neurotransmitters associated with a sense of well-being, such as serotonin, and calm-inducing ones, such as endorphin.
7) Relaxation and exercises are very important in relieving your anxiety. Simple exercises and yoga can stretch your body muscles. If you can sweat by doing exercise, it is really good. For, through sweating the toxins will go out making you feel better and stronger.
8) Try to get good sleep. Modern lifestyle is deprived of good sleep which leads to various problems. A good night’s sleep is very essential for the health of your body and mind.
9) Above all, trust in God Almighty and try to be calm. Remember the words of the Heavenly Physician that mere anxiety can make you only sick. “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” (Matthew 6: 26-34)