The Anxiety Monster
Feeling occasionally anxious is a normal response to modern life. However, for some people their anxiety is like a little monster living inside, who stirs up uncomfortable feelings when faced with simple everyday situations. If you or someone you know avoids social gatherings, work meetings or confrontations, due to anxiety, then
don’t ignore these feelings. It’s time to get some help to tackle the anxiety monster.
Symptoms Can Be Physical and Emotional
Symptoms of anxiety can be very unsettling. Your heart rate increases, your mind races and you can no longer think straight. Though everyone experiences anxiety a bit differently, there are some more
common symptoms to look out for.
hot flushes, sweating and skin clamminess;
rapid breathing; and/or
frequent gastrointestinal upsets.
feelings of excess worry, panic, fear or guilt;
obsessive thinking and behaviors; and/or
feeling generally tense and wound up
If you can relate to any of the above, speak with our healthcare Practitioner today – this doesn’t have to be your everyday ‘normal’.
Breaking the Cycle
Herbal medicine can be used to help reduce anxiety and nervousness; improving your emotional resilience. There are many herbs to choose from while working on various pathways such as relaxing, anxiolytic, sedative, nervine restorative or adrenals. A few examples of herbs:
Passion flower – decreases that sense of ‘restlessness’ and can help settle nervous stomachs. It increases the calming neurotransmitters (brain chemicals), such as GABA; soothing a racing mind, decreasing tension and irritability.
Zizyphus – widely used in Chinese herbal formulas for its anxiolytic (anxiety reducing) properties; zizyphus is considered cooling, calming and another herb that’s effective for restlessness.
Lavender – is relaxing, antidepressant and anxiolytic and it can be used not only in the tincture but also as an essential oil, or in a pot pouri.
Chamomile- has a wide range of therapeutic uses and it is the first herb we think when it comes to digestive, anti-inflammatory or sedative properties. Chamomile is useful in restlessness, anxiety or insomnia.
An individualised herbal formula forms the foundation of the Stress Less Program that is available from your Practitioner. Speak to us today about which herbs are most suitable for you.
Daily Strategies to Support Yourself
The best things in life are free – well almost! Incorporate as many of the following resilience-building strategies as you can each day. These tips will lead to better overall wellbeing as well as helping you to manage stress and anxiety:
• Connect with friends – keeping in touch with people maintains your support network;
• Exercise (ideally outdoors) – regular exercise has been shown to improve mood and reduce feelings of stress;
• Choose healthy foods – consume protein at each meal and avoid refined and sugary foods. This can
help balance your blood sugar levels, reducing mood imbalances and lessening anxiety;
• Avoid caffeine – stimulants such as caffeine can exacerbate anxiety; and
• Breathe! – if you start to feel panicky or anxious, focus on taking some slow, purposeful, deep breaths, helping
you return to a state of calm. Meditation can also help to quieten your mind and instill calm.
Conquering the Monster
Everyone experiences fears and worries from time to time, however, if anxiety becomes excessive and stops you from enjoying everyday life, then it’s time to conquer the monster. Speak to our Practitioner about how the Stress Less Program can help you feel calmer, more positive and in control of your situation.
If you would like to know more about how the DH-Natural Medicine Clinic can help you, please call us now on (02) 4854 0205
Danuta Hulajko is a holistic practitioner, international speaker and the founder & practitioner at the DH Natural Medicine Clinic and www.healingremedies.com.au in the Southern Highlands, NSW.
Danuta specialises in Allergies, Anti-Aging, Auto-Immune Conditions, Cardiovascular Conditions, Female Reproductive, Menopause, Mould Toxicity, Skin Conditions, Stress and Insomnia and Thyroid Dysfunction.
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