After having your first panic attack, the feeling of handling another on your own is devastating, and you may have thought about going to your doctor and get a prescription. Before you do that, you should know that there are several natural treatments to help you deal with anxiety and panic attacks.
Anxiety and panic attacks medication The meds that you will most likely get from a doctor are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs) and benzodiazepines. SSRIs are the first choice in most cases. It takes a couple of weeks before they start to work probably.
Benzodiazepines are more effective as they drop the anxiety level very fast. Unfortunately, they are very expensive and you need to take them several times each day. Benzodiazepine has severe side effects such as headache, chest pains, nightmares, depressions and amnesia.
Prescribed drugs can be effective in most cases, but remember they do not treat the actual problem; they cause severe side effects and are very expensive in the long run. Unfortunately, many medical practitioners hand these drugs out like candy instead of focusing on and treating the real underlying problem. The real problem with this medication society is that people do not get the chance to dig deep inside themselves to find the real cause for their anxiety.
The reason natural cures are better Besides the fact that anxiety medication does not solve the problem, it will also lose its effectiveness over time and your body will get used to the medication and build up a resistance to the meds. It is a devastating feeling, when a person who has used anxiety medication for years, one day realizes that the medication is not working anymore.
This is exactly why natural cures should be your first priority if you ever find yourself in a situation where you would use remedies to help you cure your problems. The only situation where pharmacy medication is first priority is if you are in a situation where you are about to commit suicide because of your anxiety. But even in such a situation, as soon as you have your anxiety under control, it is advisable that you convert to natural treatments.
What is a natural cure? Your lifestyle, diet, exercise, balanced hormones and investigating your emotional history can all help you getting rid of anxiety and panic attacks in a natural way. What you eat can also have an enormous impact on your anxiety. Some experience that eating too much sugar can provoke an attack, so try to avoid junk food, white bread, cakes and candy for a while. Drink lots of water and stay away from soft drinks and coffee. Even though tea as a rule is healthy, some experience that drinking too much of it can increase anxiety levels. Instead, try to get lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and berries. Optionally, you can take a multivitamin every day to fill in any nutritional gaps in your diet. Omega3 and Omega6 are also advisable to get essential acid fats.
Be sure to get enough sleep. How much sleep needed is different for each person, but somewhere between six and nine hours are the normal. Exercise has proven to help many with anxiety disorders. It helps you get your mind of things that are stressful and if you choose to run in a forest for example, you are forced to be in the “now”. If your mind is flaking, you will stumble and fall. Studies have shown that people who exercise and live on a healthy diet are less depressed and very rarely anxious.
Masking your symptoms with medications will only help you in the short run, but the side effects in the long run are really bad. Focus on changing your lifestyle instead, and live a healthy, active life.