Anxiety And Depression Alternative Therapies
Millions of people have turned to using anxiety and depression alternative therapies.
Many people have switched to alternative and natural treatment programs for anxiety and depression because of one or more of the following reasons:
- Medications not working
- Medications stopped working
- Worried about prescription drug side effects
- Desire for a more natural approach
- Not wanting to stay on meds for years and years
- Wanting to address the cause not just the symptoms
- Side effects of anxiety and depression medications worse than the disorder
Dissatisfied with the results they are getting with prescription medications, alternative methods are used by many people who are now happy with the benefits they gain.
There Are Many Options
There are many excellent alternative natural therapies for anxiety and depression. They include herbal remedies, art therapy, yoga, meditation, lifestyle changes and many more options.
One of the easiest anxiety and depression alternative therapies is self hypnosis.
You can visit a hypnotherapist or you can use hypnosis on your own.
Self hypnosis is a process by which you listen to recording which help you to relax your body and mind creating a state where you are more receptive to new ways of thinking.
You enable yourself to drop negative, critical, fearful and gloomy thoughts with more positive hopeful and confident ones.
Self hypnosis is easy to do and just involves lying down in a quiet room for a half hour or so and listening to recordings of someone talking in a calming voice. They use specially scripted hypnotic sessions to help you get more control over your own thoughts and emotions, to feel better emotionally and to enable you to achieve personal goals.
Hypnosis begins working the first time you do it but generally takes several weeks for you to notice a difference.
The whole process actually becomes enjoyable and it is not a problem for most people to continue to set aside time to do their self hypnosis session. It feels good after awhile!
I think the hardest time is the first time. You need to let yourself go and not give yourself pressure to perform. It is ok if you don't become completely relaxed the first or even the second or third time. It will all come automatically with practice.
How can you find self hypnosis recordings? You can find them on CDs in some bookstores. They are also available online in mp3 format.
Below is a huge selection of self hypnosis mp3s along with links to download them right away.
Another one of the most popular anxiety and depression alternative therapies is taking herbal remedies.
Many people swear by taking St. John's Wort, chamomile, passionflower and many other herbs. They feel these are more natural alternatives to prescripton drugs.
These herbs do have documented effects on the central nervous system and can help you to feel better.
Please be sure to consult with your doctor before taking any herbal remedies or supplements, especially if you are already taking any medications. Many prescription drugs have known interactions with herbs and supplements and can cause uncomfortable or even dangerous side effects.
Yoga, Meditation, and Exercise
Our bodies were made to move.
Most of us live sedentary lives and the most exercise we get is walking to the coffee machine at work or walking to the bus stop.
This lack of activity doesn't just make us fat and out of shape it also causes stress to build up in our bodies.
Exercise is a great natural release mechanism for the stress that builds up in our bodies and minds during the day.
Many studies have found that just exercising was more helpful to depressed people ove rthe course of a year than taking medication.
Meditating and or doing yoga is another beneficial practice. You can learn to calm your mind and manage your emotions through regular yoga and /or meditation.
I used to drink several cups of coffee, munch on potato chips, snack on soda, candy and crackers all day - and then wonder why I felt so bad!
A diet high in fats, processed sugar, and toxins is extremely hard on our bodies and minds.
Changing to a healthy diet can make all the difference in the world to the way you feel both physically and mentally.
You would be surprised what a difference it can make!
Other Excellent Anxiety and Depression Alternative Therapies
There are many other very effective anxiety and depression alternative therapies you can try. These include reflexology, acupuncture, music and art therapy, and even martial arts.
We always recommend that what ever treatment you decide upon that you be sure to include some form of cognitive behavior therapy. This has been demonstrated to be the most successful form of psychotherapy for anxiety.
To participate in cognitive behavior therapy there are many possible ways : You can go to a therapist's office, take online therapy sessions, get a workbook or use one of the self help programs based on cognitive behavior therapy principles.
If you don't like taking drugs for anxiety and depression alternative therapies could be something you may want to look into.
See A Doctor Before Stopping Medication To Try Any Anxiety and Depression Alternative Therapies
Many prescription medications for anxiety and depression require a medically supervised withdrawal to ensure that there are no uncomfortable or dangerous side effects.
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