When I was diagnosed with GAD, I was a little scared and a little relieved.
I lived on the edge of panic attacks and had starting anxious sweating in bed at night. I was getting really worried, so as strange as the diagnosis was, at least I knew what it was. And I could treat it.
My doctor put me on medications, like Paxil, Attenol, and Xanax. Meds didn’t help me feel better. Less anxiety? Sure. All better? Not at all.
I wanted a permanent fix. I wanted to cross GAD off my list of things to worry about and move on with my life. To do that, I had to learn how to treat it without drugs. Naturally. So I researched the condition and after awhile I came up with a plan.
Here is a natural cure for anxiety that I developed personally.
GAD isn’t like stress. It’s always with you, nagging bat your nerves,building up just under the surface.Night sweats (called idiopathic hyperhidrosis) happen when your anxiety keeps your body is in high alert even at night when you should be totally relaxed.
Some days are worse than others, but there aren’t many without some level of anxiety. I figured out pretty quickly that some of my habits made for really bad days. The worst habit was definitely alcohol.
Loads of people with anxiety use booze to relax, especially at social gatherings. It helps you lighten up, talk to girls, and enjoy yourself with friends. But the next day you feel horrid. And your anxiety levels are through the roof. And you’re prone to panic attacks. Those few hours of fun become hardly worth it. In the end, I decided it was counterproductive.
My first order of business was to drop alcohol until I could beat the anxiety. Not easy for someone with an active social life, but I managed to cut way back. It’s usually leads to several days of anxiety, soby removing it I gave myself the time I needed to test out other remedies.
Next I quit eating so much junk food, specifically sugar and caffeine. These make a mess of your body’s chemistry and increase anxiety. Another tough habit to break, but I felt a lot better eating healthier foods. That made things easier. I still indulge now and again, but most days I keep my diet clean. One thing that helped was chewing gum. Ben wrote a short article about the benefits which you can read here.
Exercise is one of the best treatments for anxiety and hyperhidrosis. Getting outside and working up a sweat a few times a week really calmed my nerves. I don’t think the kind of exercise matters that much, as long as you’re doing something. Getting my heart rate up and pushing myself seemed to reset my anxiety to zero for a time after. Done every few days, I’m constantly resetting the clock. Plus, I started sleeping deeper and waking up with more energy.
I’d never put much thought into meditation before someone online recommended it. They said it could help, so I gave it a shot. Turns out they were right. Kind of strange at first – I didn’t know if I was doing it right. But it finally clicked after watching some YouTube videos and a bit of practice. Now I understand what everyone was talking about. After only 10 minutes or so I feel really calm and that feeling lasts for hours after. Surprising that the clarity lasts that long afterwards, but it does.
Some people like yoga better than meditation, but I don’t think it matters much. I think it’s really more about breathing and clearing your head out long enough to calm your nerves.
Lastly, I learned that I needed to reduce the number of stressors in my life. Everybody has things and people in their life that cause stress, and some of them can’t be removed, but a lot usually can. It’s amazing how much lighter you feel when you simply remove stressful things from your life. Some are worth trying to fix, but other times it’s better to just let them go.
In the end, I did manage to naturally beat my GAD and the anxious sweating.
There wasn’t one specific activity that did it for me. I had to change my life. At some point I started sleeping great and stopped sweating. There were still stressful times when needed to take a walk or be alone for a while, but they became less frequent.
Looking back, I know that anxiety is really about how you treat your body and how to treat your mind. If you fill yourself up with junk and stress, your body and brain will pay the price and you’ll develop anxiety.
The natural cure for anxiety is actually quite simple – treat yourself better.
The best part about my plan is that you’ll become a much healthier and happier person in the process. That’s something no doctor or pill can deliver.
What do you think? Have you tried anything above with any success? Let me know in the comments below.