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Top Rated Alternative Anxiety Treatments

The types of anxiety treatments available today range from the traditional medications, to the more natural approach.

Thankfully, because of the large number of natural approaches today, you do not have to choose to use medications as a first treatment option.

The most important strategy to implement right now is to try as many different ones as possible to help solve or at least reduce your anxiety.

1. Cognitive therapy

Although some people might go and see a psychologist, often times just taking the time and writing out what you are thinking can also be of tremendous help in reducing your anxiety.

2. Calisthenics

By increasing the amount that you exercise, it can be great way to relieve stress in your life and therefore also decrease the amount of anxiety that you’re feeling.

3. Relaxation techniques

Relaxation techniques can be a powerful way to cure anxiety. Just by learning a few of these techniques many people have been able to dramatically reduce their anxiety levels.

4. Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis, and even self hypnosis, has been known to be one of the best anxiety treatments. Some people are more susceptible to hypnosis then others, but it is worth a try.

5. Breathing techniques

One way to help calm your mind is to learn how to control your breath. During anxiety attacks, many people find that just simply focusing their breath can make them feel dramatically more peaceful.

6. Dietary changes

Many people don’t realize what a dramatic effect a poor diet has on their mental outlook. While this change might give you the best results, most people find that changing their dietary habits a very hard thing to do.

7. Life changes

Some people choose to remain in stressful situations even though it is best for them to leave.

Don’t be afraid to leave jobs that are too stressful for you or a relationship that is terrible for your health.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with these natural anxiety treatments. They have worked for people in the past and they can work for you. While you don’t have to try all of them, you should try enough of them so that you have one or two that work for you all the time.

Please visit my website for even more great information on how to overcome panic attacks and to learn about the latest anxiety treatments.

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Get What You Want In Life By Raising Your Expectations

Have you ever considered how your personal expectations influence what you accomplish? By simply raising your expectations you can accomplish much more. The trick is to know how to push yourself further without going over the edge.

Why raise your expectations?

Depending on your current situation in life, you might be wondering why you’d want to increase your expectations. If you expect more then you’ll also push yourself to achieve more.

Can you think of a time when you didn’t expect anything out of a situation. I’ll bet you were neither fulfilled or unhappy with the result because you didn’t really care.

It’s true that having greater expectations can open you up and make you more at risk of getting things wrong but at the same time your potential rewards are greater. Just remember that when you get things wrong you get the chance to learn how not to do it, use this experience to change your approach and give you a better chance of success.

Here are some excellent ways to raise your expectations of yourself:

1. Do difficult things. Pushing your limits can only be achieved by doing difficult things. You might not find success right away, but when you do, it can be the starting place for doing even bigger and better things in the future.

2. Expand your comfort zone. Staying comfortable is another way of continually playing it safe. When you expand your comfort zone, you open yourself up to new and exciting things. You’ll then come to expect more from yourself just because you’re comfortable with more.

3. Challenge yourself. Set yourself up with a specific challenge and share this with someone else. If you’ve publicly declared to do something, you pretty much have to do it!

4. Take a survival course. Taking a survival course can show you how to get back to the basics. These courses are not just about basic survival, they can also teach you about yourself. You can learn more about your abilities and strengths, and then continue to challenge yourself in the future.

5. Learn new things. Work on being a more open and adaptable person. When you do, you may find that new experiences and situations simply fall into your lap. It’s an easy way of broadening your horizons, and with new knowledge and skills under your belt, you’ll be able to raise the expectations of what you can do.

Higher expectations will also help raise your self-esteem. What you think you can achieve is very important because it decides what you will achieve. When you raise the bar, you enable yourself to do more and be more than before.

Always remember how powerful your thoughts are. As you make the effort to raise your expectations, you are also strengthening your abilities and self-worth. See yourself in a positive light and you’ll be better prepared and able to achieve your goals.

Try these techniques to help you get what you want by raising your own expectations, and enjoy the increased self-worth and fulfilment that come with achieving great things!

Karl Rogan has spent over a decade researching insights and techniques to help you get what you want. Make sure you check his no BS guide to Self Improvement, and his Self Improvement Training Club for more great tips. Grab a totally unique version of this article from the Uber Article Directory

Panic Attacks, Anxiety, and Anger: The Dynamics of Defense (Part 3)

Well, this is the final article of a three-part series on the role of anger in the occurrence and perpetuation of panic attacks and anxiety. In the first two installments we defined anger within two theoretical perspectives, and took a look at how anger presented in my life as an anxiety sufferer. I’d like to wrap-up the series by discussing what I did, and still do, to keep my anger in check.

The first technique came to life as I gained the insight to identify the relationship between my thinking, feeling, and behavior, and the obvious presence of anger. I can’t stress enough the importance of matching untoward mental, emotional, and physical sensations to what’s going on in and around you at the time; as well as the goings-on in the past when you experienced similar sensations. As you detect troubling mind, spirit, and body sensations, take a moment and ask yourself if you’ve felt the same phenomena in other situations, past and present. And try to recall the emotion involved. This little technique, which I call Symptom Identification and Association (SIA), will help you identify the feelings behind many of your special little internal quirks. And that can be incredibly helpful.

I became ready to see my anger for what it was and allow it, under supervision, to play itself out. When the feeling and symptoms arose, I didn’t run. No, I hung in there and opened my mind in an effort to examine as many contributing factors as I could. And this scrutiny always included looking beyond who or what was about to wrongly become a target. Usually, in time, the true sources of the agitation (often me) were revealed and action plans could be drafted and implemented. Please don’t ever forget about the potential for displaced anger, which I discussed in part two.

Now, while the anger processing was taking place, I’d support its deliberate work by doing anything I could to sustain a presence of calm and management. Activities such as exercise, journaling, guided imagery, and relaxation techniques were employed; as well as becoming involved in some sort of positive project. No doubt, anger equals energy; so why not use this energy to feed something constructive, as opposed to feeding mismanaged and destructive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. All of these activities provided an environment of perspective and just enough diversion to inhibit the potential for becoming overwhelmed, while not losing focus on the work at hand. And I’d try to find a trusted party with whom I could talk and use as a sounding board, and from whom I could gain some perspective.

Heck, I just let myself be what my emotions were dictating, within the context of self-awareness and management. I would identify and acknowledge what I was feeling, said it was okay to feel that way, and dealt with it accordingly. And that included constructively expressing my feelings to anyone with whom I was in conflict. And if my anger was as a result of a situation over which I had absolutely no control, I did all within my power to process it and let it go. And, man, that sure wasn’t, and isn’t, an easy thing to do. Dang, it’s just so natural for us to harbor anger and become so traumatized by it, not to mention traumatizing others along the way. But, why go absolutely mad, and bring so much pain to others, over something that could possibly never change?   

I remember feeling a lot of stress and anger one steamy summer day several years ago, and taking a walk in a local forest preserve. While strolling about, I found the biggest stick I could physically manage and started cracking every tree and rock I could find in a selected isolated area of woods. When I started, the stick was about five feet long. When I finished it was down to about the size of a baseball bat. But, it didn’t end there. I took that stick home and it became my “anger stick.” To this day, when dire frustration and anger knock upon my door, I’ll reach under my bed, grab my anger stick, and beat on a pillow or my bed, verbalizing my frustration as I strike.

Another great anger management technique is screaming. Now, you may be saying, “Bill, how am I going to do that without my neighbors calling 911?” Hey, scream into a pillow or while you’re driving your car. I’m telling you, it works. Here’s another one. Go to your local dollar store and buy a set of drinking glasses and head for the woods or your garage. Throw those babies at a tree, a rock, or a wall as you express your anger (please be sure to clean up the mess). Or how ‘bout an anger-venting exercise using something as simple as a towel? Yes, grab a hand towel with one hand at each end. Now just start twisting like crazy, grunting and groaning while you’re at it. If you’re so moved, verbalize some thoughts and feelings.

Well, that’s all “he” wrote regarding anger’s role in the generation and perpetuation of panic attacks and anxiety. Hopefully, you’ve not only seen the relationship, but you’ve gained some insight and learned some techniques to help you identify and manage your anger experience. Finally, I can’t stress enough that I never let myself believe that feeling anger is wrong or bad. It isn’t. However, displacing, mismanaging, stuffing, and abusively displaying anger will only lead to misery for you and those with whom you interact.

After a winning bout with panic disorder, a career in the business world, and a part-time job working with socially challenged adolescents, Bill found his life’s passion and work. So he earned his master’s degree and counseling credentials, and is doing all he can to lend a hand to those having a tough time.

Bill has some powerful BE CALM mentoring and service packages available for panic attack sufferers on his website, which include his panic attack education and recovery eWorkbook, “Panic! …and Poetic Justice.” The eWorkbook is delivered via an immediate download. You’ll also find a link on the website to Bill’s Panic Attack Freedom! blog. Lots of good stuff going on and much more to come.

In addition to doing psychiatric emergency work, Bill continues to do a lot of writing and speaking. He’s conducted numerous mental health workshops and is available for future engagements. Bill is a national and local member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (N.A.M.I.). He resides in the far western suburbs of Chicago where he enjoys time with his two wonderful teenage children.
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    5 Deadly Techniques to Manage Anger – How to Effectively Control Yourself From Anxiety Attack?

    Anger itself is not a problem – it is actually how well you manage it. Naturally, anger is a feeling of displeasure or animosity. Anger is an unpleasant emotion and naturally responded to perceive threats. In fact, the occurrence of anger will generate a problem only when you can not handle it in a proper and healthy way.

    What is involved with anger?

    There are some related components that build up your anxiety and tear down your emotion. So, starting with learning and understanding the particular factors that generate the anger are a good start for the successful anger management:

    Emotion: This factor involves feelings such as sorrow, unhappiness, disappointment, dissatisfaction, frustration, etc. Thinking: The way you think can cause or worsen anger. It also can help you deal with it in a healthy way. An emotional response is to acknowledge that it is OK to be frustrated. Keep concerning on its solutions instead of focusing only on what is wrong with it. Body: Anger can result physical symptoms, such as muscle tension, increased heart rate and increased blood pressure.

    In fact, emotional outburst and explosion can destroy the relationship between you and surrounded people such as family, friends, co-workers or even completed strangers. It is very important to learn and understand some anger management skills. Anger management techniques are a proven way to help you change the way you express your anger.

    Technique #1 : Finding someone you trust

    When you are in bad mood and started to be angry, do not shut the door and stay only with yourself. You need to be relaxed! Speak it out positively by consulting someone that you can feel free and trust to talk with. Sharing your worries with another person can slow down the worries and pull away all bad imagination in the proper perspective.

    Technique #2 : Laughing at it

    Having a good laughter is the best natural treatment method. Laughter can ease your burdens and draw you away from nonsense stories. Be in the company of amusing friends or spoil yourself with activities that can bring laughter into your life.

    Technique #3 : Exercising

    At anytime when you find out yourself is in the anxiety mode, distract it by getting some exercises. Physical activity can provide an outlet for your extreme and explosive emotions. Go out for a short walk or a soft run. Probably, swimming, lifting weights or shooting baskets can take you out from the emotional fluctuation as well.

    Technique #4 : Muscle Relaxing

    Muscle relaxation is one of the useful exercises for reducing anxiety. Start first relieving tension step with scalp, following with face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, abdomen, legs, and feet. Then let’s relax all these muscle groups for a while. Following with the tensing phase, hold the tension for several seconds, then slowly release the tension. From this step, you can feel “draining” of the anxiety out of your body. Repeat all the steps from top to toe as many times as you want or do it anytime when you are in the anxiety mode.

    Technique #5 : Proper Breathing

    Understanding and learning relaxation skill can also assist you to manage your emotion when you nearly explode in anger. Practice deep-breathing exercises, create in your mind a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase to yourself, such as “Take it easy.” Other efficient ways to deal with the anger is to listen to the music, write a story, paint a picture and do yoga.

    Additionally, reading a book is one of the practical ways of treating the personal anxiety, because there are a number of helpful books regarding anger management. Some of them focus on particular situations, such as the management of anger in teens, in men or in couples. Many of them are workbooks with teaching methods on the exercises that improve your concrete Skills of Anger Management.

    There are plenty methods that you can learn and take to apply with your life. Don’t just destroy your beautiful life with only stupid Anxiety Attack. Let Find Out how to deal with the anxiety perfectly now!

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    Using the Internet for Stress Management – Anxiety – Meditation – Hypnosis – Relaxation – Sleep

    Since 1997, Herbert Benson, of the Harvard Medical School, has reaffirmed that “Sixty to ninety percent of [doctor-patient] visits are prompted by conditions related to stress.” Especially in today’s world, stress management is truly vital to emotional, relational, and overall physical health. As a psychologist, I understand that most tend to consider meditative exercises as too difficult to learn; and too time consuming to practice.

    Although activities like watching television and listening to music can be relaxing, they do not elicit the relaxation response that is most beneficial for managing stress. In order to de-stress, people need to do something that sounds contradictory, namely engage in activity that is not passive. The Surgeon General recommends physical activity for stress management. One can also manage stress by engaging in self-meditations.

    I have had much personal and professional success from my use of audio meditations, many of which can be downloaded off the Internet for free. I recommend a search for “free hypnosis downloads,” “free progressive muscle relaxation,” “mindfulness,” and “free light and sound machine.”

    Most people are familar with the availability of self-hypnosis. These hypnotic programs are guided exercises in deep meditation.

    Progressive muscle relaxation is a systematic method of tensing and relaxing most of the major muscles of the body. When a muscle is tensed beyond its current level of tension and released, it rebounds to a more relaxed state. This phenomenon helps to create penetrating relaxation, throughout the entire body, within 15 minutes.

    A Light and Sound Machine is a relatively new technology that assists its users in achieving near effortless levels of deep meditative states. Relying upon a process known as brainwave synchronization or entrainment, a Light and Sound Machine (or Mind Machine) purportedly uses light and/or sound to alter the brainwave frequency of the user, resulting in altered states of awareness that have been compared to those obtained from transcendental meditation.

    Similar to the effect of watching the flicking flame of a fireplace, but more pronounced, the specifically timed flicking pattern of a Light and Sound Machine will surprisingly help to induce its effect, within just a few minutes. Despite their beneficial use, most people also consider Light and Sound Machines to be too expensive. Nonetheless, you can sample the positive effects of these devices, by conducting the aforementioned Internet search. The available freeware actually creates a “virtual” Light and Sound Machine, via your computer monitor.

    I also recommend complementing the effect of Light and Sound Machines with soft music or one of the free audio hypnotic downloads that can be found online, as previously discussed above.

    Gerald Solfanelli is an American psychologist and certified hypnotherapist. For more information about Light and Sound Machines and FREE hypnosis downloads, visit his website: visit his website: ThePsychologist.com.

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