Many people who are stressed and have a hard time relaxing suffer from health concerns such as anxiety and related symptoms. Anxiety is an unpleasant combination of emotions that is often accompanied by physical sensations such as heart palpitations (irregular heart beat), nausea, angina (chest pain), shortness of breath, tension headache, and nervousness which makes it hard for most people to relax. In some cases anxiety can lead to panic attacks.
The difference between stress and anxiety is that the effects of stress last only a few hours to up to a day while anxiety may last up to six months or more.
What causes it? Stress and anxiety are the result of many things, a common cause is the fast paced lifestyle many people in our society maintain. This is the result of having a family and career and not having enough time to spend recharging. Anxiety can be cuased by an underlying medical condition, trauma, medication and nutritional deficiencies.
What are my treatment options? Treatment choices depend on the symptoms and what the individuals health care provider recommends for his or her patient.
Generally, anxiety and stress-related disorders are treated conventionally with medications, specific types of psychotherapy, or both. It is well known that many medications can be associated with unpleasant side effects and the risk of withdrawal effects. As such, alternative routes of therapy are typically preferred.
Complimentary medicine options:
Alternative options include identifying the cause of ones stress or anxiety. Is it the result of a stressful environment at school or work, stress in some other aspect of your life (e.g. family) or perhaps you have a genetic predisposition, nutrient deficiencies or a lack of coping skills.
Depending on what the cause is, the following have been found to be very helpful in the treatment of anxiety:
Yoga, pilates, tai chi or Qi Qong
Meditation and deep breathing
Taking a vacation
Working on time management skills
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