If you say you have never experienced anxiety, you will be thought to be either lying, or extraordinary. Each and every one of us will feel anxious at some time or another, the only difference being that the cause of anxiety will differ, and the extent will vary. Most often, we do not give a second thought to the anxiety we endure, mainly because it is second nature to us and we know it will pass as suddenly as it came, leaving us none the worse for having experienced it. When the frequency and intensity is harder to bear, the condition should not be ignored, and for a start, natural anxiety treatments can be commenced.
Anxiety that is severe enough to be accompanied by the inability to concentrate, with feelings of restlessness, impatience and irritability, should make us pause and try to think why it is happening. If the sensations are caused by unusually heavy workloads, family or financial difficulties, you may feel tired and listless, but you will not experience the discomfort of a fast beating heart, rapid and shallow breathing, a feeling of confusion, accompanied by tummy cramps.
These are in no way symptoms of ordinary stress. When we go through all these sensations at the same time, we will need to acknowledge them for what they are, and try to get the condition under control, before it takes control of us, in an unstoppable grip. Ideally, we should visit a doctor as a precautionary measure, but if that is not possible, there is a need to start taking things easy. Then, try out these simple and uncomplicated methods of reducing stress and anxiety - most of which are inexpensive, but the returns are invaluable.
Firstly, remembering that prevention is better than cure, reach for your shoes - both, your walking shoes, as well as your dancing ones! Then enroll for dancing lessons, if you don't already know how to dance - and if you'd rather not, search the internet, or find some easily explained dance steps on YouTube. Try to enroll for Yoga and, or, Tai Chi classes, and meditation. Try to concentrate on your breathing when life gets too hectic - it draws your attention away from the stress around you. Take your walking shoes to work, and go for a walk during you lunch break, if you don't have time to walk in the early mornings or after work in the evenings. Walking is simple but good exercise. All these activities pump up the production of your feel good hormones, while at the same time keeping you flexible, controlling your weight, and filling you with the sense of wellbeing.
Try aromatherapy, using essential oils from flowers and delicate plants for massages and baths, as well as putting a few drops of sweet smelling oil like geranium, lavender jasmine, etc, either in infusers, or through use of scented candles. The sweet and gentle scent that fills the surrounding atmosphere is soothing and calms the spirit.
Further, different people manage to find their own way of handling anxiety and panic attacks when they start to come on. Some people have found that trying to whistle a tune or humming their favorite song can help a lot. While it is not easy at first, practice will make one perfect - as they go along trying, they suddenly find that without even realizing it, the sensation has passed. Some try to breathe into a paper bag, or search their handbags for candy to suck on - actions that draw their attention away from the immediate situation.
When one learns to either control one's anxiety, or the symptoms that accompany it, the sensation can leave one feeling so confident and so much in control, that the recurrence and the severity of subsequent attacks are felt with lower intensity.