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Tips On Treating Anxiety Without Medication

Updated on November 11, 2012
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We all in our lives at one time have had to deal with one form or another with anxiety. It is how you deal with it that anxiety that is the key to keeping it at a reasonable and managable level. Often severe anxiety does require medication, but there are ways to help battle anxiety without having to depend on a bottle of medication. Anxiety is a serious condition that can affect the quality of life, so finding ways to relieve the anxious feelings is extremely important to managing a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise- Any kind of exercise is sufficiant. Walking 30-45 minutes a day can help you deal with anxious feelings. The fresh air, or even a treadmill will give you the tools you need to walk off the tension of anxiety. Keep with it and you will be surprised how focusing on exercise can ease your anxiety. Do not expect immediate results, it takes time and effort to achieve some relief from the anxiety.

Eating Balanced Meals- You are what you eat, if you are eating junk food all the time, you are not taking good care of yourself. Having proper meals will keep you stay healthy and make it easier to manage your anxiety. If you are living on caffeine and alcohol, that is only going to create more anxious feelings. So tapping into a better diet plan can and often does help.

Therapy- Therapy of any kind is acceptable, there are a variety of therapies available to choose from. But talking about what makes you anxious is half the battle. Someone to listen and offer support is essential in conquering the anxiety that riddles your mind. Keeping a regular appointment even when you may not think you need to talk is still important to well-being. A therapist can help guide your thinking into a more positive direction.

Meditation-This is a great way to focus on something other than your anxiety. Learning to breath correctly, and having quite times to concentrate on yourself is helping you combat anxiety that plaques you. Controlling your physical reactions to anxiety is often one way to release the negative energy. By concentrating on what is positive and banishing the negative.

Join A support group- Get together with friends, or join a local support group in your area. Face to face meetings can really help get what it is that is bothering you off your mind. Being around others who understand your dilemma is also a relief knowing you don't have to suffer alone. A group setting you will meet others that will help you maintain some form of managability.

Journaling- Writing in a journal when you are anxious will help you pinpoint the source of what makes you anxious. Just getting it out will help calm your nerves even if just a bit. If you are not comfortable with therapy, or groups this can be a beneficial way to try and deal with your anxiety without taking medication. Write when anxiety begins, and trace it's orgins, and perhaps you will have the keys to what makes you so anxious. Write write write!

Remember exercise, eating right, therapy and support from peers will help relieve anxiety without always having to depend on medications. If your anxiety is so severe nothing gives you relief, than you may need to seek professional help, which may include medications. Working toward anxiety relief without medications takes focus, hard work and perseverance. It will not happen overnight, keep up with positive habits and if not all, some of your anxiety may become manageable.


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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      One little things counts, trying to stay consistent is the hardest part, but I have faith you will do well. Keep up the great work.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      I hate having to take anti-anxiety medications, and found walking did a great for me as far as anxiety goes....sticking with it is the hard part... Thank you for sharing, I appreciate it greatly.

    • Rusti Mccollum profile image

      Ruth McCollum 

      8 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      All wonderful advice. I have it really bad but I think I could incorporate some of these things (I have a really bad back , so far 3 surgeries. There's only some of this I can do. Thankyou though.I wrote in my book some of your advice.It's just a notebook because I forget stuff.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      8 years ago from Asia

      Sound advice, particularly the exercise and writing, as one releases endorphins, while the other helps to get the problem "out of your system".

      Shared, up and interesting.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      I am starting find comfort in meditating, slowly but surely. Thank you meloncauli for your comment.

    • meloncauli profile image


      8 years ago from UK

      Great hub. Enjoyed reading it. In my locality, meditation is becoming a new wave therapy but not before time I might add. Voted up.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      The thing is if you can find the cause of anxiety it helps one deal with it more effectivly, but finding a cause is not always possible. Thank you for your comments.I am glad you stopped by to read :)

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you, your hub was spot on, keep writing!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Your welcome, and thank you for commenting, it is greatly appreciated.

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      Healing Herbalist 

      8 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. There are so many ways to heal anxiety naturally, including herbal remedies. One must know what causes the anxiety. Medicines just cover up the symptoms, instead of healing them. Voted up and useful.

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      8 years ago

      I like it! Go check out mine! xD

      This was helpful to me

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      Dr Pandula 

      8 years ago from Norway

      Great hub! Being one of the commonest mental problems, such information should enable many people to cope with them without the use of medications. Thanks.


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