How to Treat Anxiety Naturally:
How can you treat anxiety naturally? Anxiety arises from our thoughts. We either consciously or unconsciously think about something disturbing from our past or the possibility of something negative in our future. We worry. We think about the negative possibilities. We stir up negative emotions by our thoughts. We spiral into more negative thoughts, trying to account for every potential negative outcome or consequence.
When the negative thoughts turn unconscious, our focus in life is on the negative side. Our glass is half full. Our grass is not that green. We live our lives in despair of the next big negative possibility. We condition ourselves to think anxious thoughts. Some of us get to the point where we don’t even have to think to feel anxious. We experience the panic or irritable tummy ache before we even think a negative thought. Sometimes those anxious feelings manifest into somatic complaints; we get heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, chest pain, abdominal pain, loose stools or constipation, headaches, rheumatological issues, etc.
Some of us are wired this way. We may have just been born with a sensitivity towards anxiety. Others of us inherited or learned from others how to be anxious and think in a negative way. While, some of us have both. Why do we become anxious? What is the purpose? There is usually a method to our psychological madness if we take the time for introspection.
We worry because we have made worrying a habit. It is a way to gain a false sense of control over our world and the security to attempt to predict the potential outcomes before they occur so, we don’t get hurt. While we need this capability so, we make sure to look both ways before crossing a busy street, some of us go beyond just thinking cautious thoughts. When we recognize the reason for why we are thinking the way we do, we gain insight into trying to control our anxious thought patterns.
Meditation is important to relax the mind. When we allow tension and pent up negative thinking to dissipate, we can allow the positive thoughts to enter. Our minds gain strength by meta-programming healthy thoughts. We can repeat mantras to ourselves, go to our happy places in our minds, sing motivating songs, etc. Try a free meditation at http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. We have to catch ourselves thinking first. Wear a rubber band on your wrist and monitor your thoughts during the day. When you catch yourself thinking something not very nice, snap yourself with the rubber band and change the thought into something more positive. When we change our thoughts, we change our perspectives and reduce our anxiety.
Choose to hang out with happy people. By paying attention to how you are feeling around people is important. If someone makes you uncomfortable, then stay away from that person. If someone makes you feel good, then spend more time with that person. By avoiding people who drain you, you are protecting yourself from negativity. While spending time with more pleasant people, will help create more positive experiences in your life.
Of course, there are supplements and traditional medications that can help reduce anxiety. Talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate.
For those people that are wired to be anxious, there may be multiple reasons for this from a physiological perspective. We are now able to test for a gene called the MTHFR gene which synthesizes an enzyme that metabolizes L-Methylfolate. L-Methylfolate is an important molecule that crosses the blood brain barrier to help reduce anxiety and mood issues. Some people have reduced activity of the MTHFR gene and make less L-Methylfolate. These people tend to be more anxious than others. For patients with reduced activity of the MFTHR gene, they can be prescribed a prescription for L-Methylfolate, which can improve anxiety symptoms.
At Modern Family Medicine, we offer pharmacogenomic testing which includes testing for the MTHFR gene. Most commercial insurances cover this test. We can customize medications to meet an individual patient’s needs instead of experimenting with different medications. This pharmacogenomic testing is covered by most commercial insurance plans.
Please call (602) 363-1631 to schedule your appointment for pharmacogenomic testing or schedule an appointment online at www.modernfamilymedicine.com. Please do not eat or drink for an hour prior to your first visit. We will review your medical history and collect a sample that will be sent to a pharmacogenomic lab for testing.