Have you ever felt any or all of the following symptoms: sweating, palpitations or irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, uncontrollable shaking, dizziness or light-headedness, numbness or tingling sensations, chest pain, upset stomach, fear of losing control or “going crazy”, feeling detached, fear of dying?
Perhaps you want to crawl out of your own skin several times a day? Or you’ve thought you’re having a heart attack and even ended up in an emergency room with a feeling of impending doom!?
Admittedly I am way too familiar with all of this. Not only do I work with clients several times a week experiencing anxiety but I personally suffered with anxiety for almost a whole year about 7 years ago. While it is in the past, it was by far the most visceral and dreadful time of my life thus far, that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.
For years now I have been out of the anxiety trenches and I am bound and determined never to return. So if you are struggling with or suffering from anxiety, here are 8 tried and true solutions to overcoming it that I have used over the years that were game changers for me.
The 8 game changers for treating my anxiety were:
1. Singing mantras daily (I love Deva Premal’s "Mantras for Precarious Times").
2. Supplementing with magnesium biglycinate.
3. Repeating this affirmation several times daily, “I trust the process and flow of life now and always. I am safe and supported and have the power to change all situations. I love and accept myself.”
4. Eating in more regular intervals throughout the day to keep the blood sugars balanced.
5. Keeping my distance from energy vampires and toxic, negative people.
6. I started receiving weekly acupuncture treatments to balance my body.
7. I brought things back to the basics and totally simplified work and home life.
After all I had 2 kids under the age of 5, was working full time, my husband just started working out of town and when my nanny broke her leg only a couple months after starting with us, trying to find emergency childcare coverage and finding out that she had a well kept secret nest of bed bugs in her bedroom, put me right over the edge. Did I mention that I opted to take care of the bed bugs naturally!!?? No heat or chemical treatment and only 3-4 hours of sleep a night for 8 weeks so that I could be sure to do my bed bug protocol after the kids finally fell asleep. This is a whole other blog topic!
My point is, super Mom can’t last forever ladies, there always comes a point where it just can’t go on anymore…something stops you in your tracks and it's usually a health scare with you or someone in your immediate family.
8. Oh and I broke up with coffee. It was just too stimulating.
For in the moment anxiety and panic attack symptom relief, I took a homeopathic formula made up by my ND (Naturopathic Doctor) with aconite and white chestnut. This was soooo fantastic as it stopped things from spiraling off and out of control, a sure replacement to Ativan, which I didn’t find effective at all! I also used EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) when I felt out of sorts with various symptoms of anxiety.
These were the game changers for me but there are various reasons people experience anxiety and it's really important to go to a qualified healthcare practitioner, in addition to your doctor, such as an acupuncturist or ND, to assess what pattern(s) underlies the anxiety so that it can be fully addressed and not just bandaged with medication.
As mentioned above I also have a lot of clinical experience and success working with anxiety and I have concisely put together an integrated, waste no time, clinically proven guide for you to start implementing immediately. Click HERE to download it now. It is unnecessary to suffer with anxiety or even be medicated for it, with no end in sight, as it can be treated naturally with a little patience, a willingness to learn, and the courage to trust and switch things up. Even though it may feel as though this is your new lot in life, trust me, it isn’t. Don't settle for it! There is hope and this too shall pass. You can be comfortable, happy and content in your own skin again. This is my heartfelt promise to you.