Simple Solutions For Overcoming Anxiety

John Gray

Anxiety is a natural response to a potential threat, which puts your body into a heightened state of arousal to keep you out of harm’s way. Doctors typically diagnose patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder if they suffer from symptoms of anxiety (constant worry, insomnia, difficulty concentration and more) for more than six months. But ALL of us have experienced anxiety at some point in our lives.

Anxiety causes your heart to beat faster and makes you more alert and prepared for action. Anxiety can be helpful in some situations. The problem arises when anxiety becomes a more permanent state, without any real threats.
When anxiety becomes chronic, it can increase your risk for a number of mental and physical health problems and speed up aging.

A study in the Netherlands revealed that people with untreated anxiety disorders, like panic disorder, social disorder and agoraphobia, had shorter telomeres (the DNA at the end of chromosomes). Telomeres naturally get shorter with age, however people with chronic anxiety were found to have three to five years more cellular aging than those without anxiety disorders. 

40 million Americans suffer from chronic anxiety. If you’re an anxious person, you’ve probably been told not to worry so much -- to “stop overthinking things” and “just relax.” By now, you’ve perhaps given up on trying to feel better and resigned yourself to the idea that there’s just something wrong with you. If you find you spend a good deal of time feeling anxious, then it’s important to take steps to reduce that anxiety before it has a chance to damage your health.

Many people are surprised to hear that I used to suffer from anxiety when I spoke in front of crowds. My biggest moment of anxiety came when I was 19 and I was giving a lecture on "reaching your full potential."

As I began to talk, I became overwhelmed with nervous energy, shortness of breath and my knees started to shake. After about a minute, I passed out. Everyone thought I had died. Here I was trying to teach a room full of people how they could reach their full potential in life and I was unable to reach my own.

So how did I get past my anxiety and of speaking in front of crowds? I took a holistic approach, a did a little work on my mind, a little work on my behavior and a little work on my body through nutrition and exercise. I also added in some prayer and spirituality which allowed the positive energy to flow through me and ultimately help me "reach my full potential".

About 1 out of 3 people with anxiety disorders receive treatment, and the majority of that “treatment” is prescription drugs. Anti-anxiety drugs like Ativan, Xanax, and Valium are benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines relax you by boosting the neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This in turn activates the gratification hormone, dopamine, in your brain.

Benzodiazepines are a poor solution and come with many serious risks, including memory loss and addiction. People who take these drugs are nearly four times more likely to die prematurely than people who don't, and also have a 35 percent greater risk of cancer.

Anti-anxiety medications can be very difficult to quit. The initial withdrawl period can last for a month and includes sudden panic attacks, insomnia, sweating, vomiting, seizures and extreme muscular pain.

Fortunately there are more natural alternatives to prescription drugs that will reduce anxiety.   

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  • Guest_4EE07C83-2
     5/12/2016 2:19:01 PM
    Hi, I was wondering if it was a good idea to stop taking anxiety prescription tablets before I try all these natural herbs & suplements you recommend ? & also before I seen this video on anxiety today, I ordered a few bits costing $184.47. I live in the uk & I was wondering if I could add some of the things I've seen on this video to my order. Saves me paying shipping fees again. I live in the uk see. Many thanks
  • Adele Green
     11/7/2014 12:26:58 AM
    Hi John, I love the practical tangible solutions you offer so we can have a holistic approach to our relationships effort. I shared this with my own platform of women in transition. Regards Adele
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