There are many ways to treat anxiety, including the use of medication, although, in this article, we will discuss various alternative treatments. There are many options you can take in managing your anxiety, so there is hope in feeling better!
At re-origin, we help people battling anxiety manage symptoms by using science-backed neuroplasticity and brain retraining tools. These tools have been proven to help you calm your nervous system, reframe your anxious thoughts, and see an overall reduction in anxiety. If you are interested in learning more, try our 30-day free trial today (no credit card required).
If you have tried anxiety medication with minimal change in symptoms or you prefer to treat anxiety disorders the natural way, you are not alone. Many are turning towards alternative treatment in order to combat common side effects and long-term negative impacts of anxiety medication.
Some of these side effects include, but are not limited to:
If you have been diagnosed with any other mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or panic disorder, it is important to discuss natural anxiety treatment with a medical professional first.
Rest assured that you have options when it comes to treating your anxiety naturally, and at re-origin, we can help! Below, you can find our four favorite natural remedies to treat your anxiety without needing to take daily medication.
Neuroplasticity is known as the brain’s ability to change throughout our life span. What once was thought of as a static, unchanging organ is now known to be incredibly malleable. So, your anxiety disorder is not you, and it can be changed!
Trying activities like cognitive reappraisal and pattern interruption are two great ways to shift away from anxious thoughts and behaviors. Next time you begin to feel anxious about something, try pausing where you are, doing some deep breathing, and actively choosing to focus on a new thought- one that uplifts and empowers you!
It can be as simple as, “When my mind is calm, my body is at ease.” At re-origin, we offer a program designed to help you do just this.
Getting your daily “DOSE” of feel-good hormones can be easy and rewarding! These hormones (known as Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins) are paramount for reducing anxiety and increasing feelings of motivation, happiness, love, and energy! A few fool-proof ways to produce them every single day include:
As small as some of these acts may be, they send a signal of safety to your nervous system, which allows your anxious brain to feel calm. Combine multiple of these throughout the day, spend time really savoring them, and notice how your mood and well-being change!
Multiple studies have begun to show the power of nature in not only improving focus, cognition, and memory but also reducing overall anxiety. Stepping outside and finding something green to look at for as little as 40 seconds has proven to decrease instances of mistakes in school children doing their work.
One study even showed higher test scores in people who listened to nature sounds versus those who didn’t. So, next time you are feeling drained, overwhelmed, or anxious, step outside for a minute and notice something green or listen to the birds chirp. Your brain will thank you for it.
Being part of a community of people who are challenging themselves to overcome anxiety can be incredibly motivating and inspiring. When we are around like-minded people, the body produces oxytocin which helps reduce blood pressure, increases feelings of relaxation and well-being, decreases anxiety, and makes us feel calm and content. In the re-origin community, you will experience encouragement, new perspectives, laughter, and accountability to keep going on your healing journey.
In addition to the treatments listed above, it can also be incredibly helpful to practice coping strategies if you are struggling with anxiety. These six listed below have proven the most beneficial for members of the re-origin community.
Journaling has proven an effective tool to help with emotional regulation and thought processing around certain stressful or anxiety-producing events. There are various types of journaling techniques. A few that we recommend at re-origin include:
Reframing old, unhelpful thoughts into positive, uplifting affirmations can help break the pathway that your anxiety runs on. Next time you experience an anxious thought, try pausing, putting the thought to the side, and choosing a positive affirmation to say out loud.
Staying proactive by having positive affirmations posted in your home (on your bathroom mirror, your bedside table, or your computer) can help produce DOSE chemicals and reduce anxiety symptoms of anxiety overall.
This may include activities like breathing exercises, intentional yawning, tapping, or giving yourself a hug. Relaxation techniques that calm your nervous system can decrease the stress hormone cortisol. This will assist in lowering your heart rate, decreasing your blood pressure, and producing feelings of safety in your brain. Calming your nervous system in moments of distress makes managing anxiety much easier.
Physical activity is a powerful way to decrease anxiety by producing endorphins and taking your mind off of anxious thoughts. If you are new to working out, start with activities as simple as gentle stretching or yoga, bodyweight movements or qigong, or even daily, slow walks.
Exercise does not have to be intense to offer your nervous system the benefits of increased endorphins and decreased anxiety.
*If you have a medical condition, please refer to your general health professional for approval prior to engaging in a regular exercise routine.
Joining a community of like-minded individuals can be a powerful way to feel safe, accepted, and motivated. While support groups help us not feel alone, they often perpetuate negative mindsets and rumination.
At re-origin, we offer expert-led group coaching designed to help you create a positive shift in the way you think about your anxiety. Using science-backed neuroplasticity exercises, you will learn to retrain your brain to stay calm in the face of anxiety. Not only that, you will be surrounded by people who understand you and offer insights and perspectives that can help you heal!
Brain retraining is a form of self-directed neuroplasticity that is designed to help you interrupt anxious thought loops and choose new, empowering thoughts and behaviors. This practice can teach your nervous system that you are safe in situations that may have caused you anxiety in the past.
Treating anxiety can happen in many different ways. At re-origin, we provide insight on how to calm your nervous system, generate feel-good hormones, interrupt unhelpful thought loops, and reframe your thoughts to decrease anxiety. All of this and an incredible community can help keep you motivated and empowered to keep healing. Members of the re-origin program have experienced a 26% reduction in generalized anxiety in as little as six weeks. If you are interested in hearing more about our neuroscience-backed brain retraining program, visit our website.
Psychotherapy can be a helpful tool for those who experience anxiety, although it is important to remember that not all therapy is the same. While traditional talk therapy has proven helpful for some, one detriment is that continually talking about anxious thoughts without interrupting the pattern can actually further cement them into old, unhelpful neural pathways in the brain.
If you are considering working with a therapist, consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This technique helps you address unhelpful thought patterns and work to change them, thus moving towards a more empowering narrative.
Multiple recent studies have proven CBD products to be effective for anxiety-related symptoms, although the range of dosage and time used vary. While there is proof that CBD may help relieve anxiety, we recommend discussing usage with your healthcare provider.
As with CBD, there are studies that show benefits to taking various supplements for anxiety treatment, but needs will vary based on the individual. Re-origin does not provide formal recommendations on herbal supplements- we encourage you to discuss any potential treatment plan with your healthcare provider.
Some studies have proven the benefits of aromatherapy on anxiety, while others have shown no difference. In order to find out if aromatherapy works for you, consider working with a wellness or mental health professional who specializes in the use of aromatherapy.