I am really enjoying the interviews I have been doing lately. It is great to read awesome books and it is super fun working with amazing authors.
This time we Chantal Beaupre, fellow Canadian, Emotional Mastery Coach, a Naturopath and an Independent Licensed LifeSuccess Consultant. We have so much great info we are going to put this into two parts.
Q: What do you feel is the most common cause of anxiety?
[tweetherder]The cause of anxiety – and of all human emotions, too [/tweetherder]– can be found in three particular sources.
The first source consists in a direct physical stimulation of some part of our body. For example, let’s say that you receive a morphine injection while in hospital. As a result, you soon feel happy, euphoric, and freed from all care. Or let’s say that a gentle hand tenderly caresses your neck. As a consequence, you feel pleasantly relaxed, happy, and comfortable.
A second source lies in our sensory-motor processes – that is, our sensory perceptions (what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch) combined with the activities of our body. For example, the view of a calm lake can cause you to feel pleasant emotions (peace, calm), while the noise of a lawnmower can cause you to feel unpleasant emotions (annoyance, anger).
The third source – and by far the most important one – can be found in the thoughts we have in mind about the various events, people, and things in our lives. For example, when you think about the annual balance sheet of your business, you may feel anxious and agitated.
Let’s remember that for the last 6,000 years in recorded history, all the great philosophers, scientists, industrialists, historians, and theologians have all agreed on one point: we largely feel the way we think.
So, you most definitely have in this last sentence what I firmly believe is the prime cause of our emotions – and that most definitely includes anxiety.
My philosophy – which is mostly based on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – is perfectly illustrated by this famous quote from Epictetus:
[tweetherder]“Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinions of the things that happen.”[/tweetherder]
Q: What are the biggest symptoms of anxiety?
To help you recognize whether or not you are experiencing feelings of anxiety, here are some of the most common symptoms.
Now, it’s important to remember that you may experience one or more of these symptoms when you are unhealthily anxious. When you are healthily concerned, you may also experience some of these symptoms, but usually to a significantly lesser degree.
Breathing and chest symptoms: choking sensations, gasping, lump in throat, pressure on chest, shallow breathing, shortness of breath, stuttering, rapid breathing
Skin reactions: itching, face blushed, hot and cold spells, sweating
Heart and blood pressure reactions: decreased blood pressure, faintness or fainting, heart racing, increased blood pressure, palpitations
Intestinal symptoms: abdominal discomfort or pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting
Muscular symptoms: eyelid twitching, fidgeting, insomnia, pacing, rigidity, shaking and tremors, startle reactions, wobbly legs
Q: What are your recommendations for natural remedies?
Many people who have milder symptoms of anxiety are choosing not to take medication and are opting for natural relief for their condition.
Natural relief includes psychotherapy, diet, exercise, and other methods of treatment such as herbal supplements, yoga, and meditation.
Psychotherapy is one remarkably effective way that you can help yourself try to deal with your anxiety.
And so, considering the fact that the prime cause of our emotions – including anxiety – can be found in the thoughts we have in mind about the various events, people, and things in our lives, my first recommendation is that you undertake a psychotherapy process, one that is part of cognitive therapies, such as:
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
We are mostly talking here about “short term therapy, long term results.” Although each case is different, a REBT or CBT process will have an approximate duration of 15 weeks, more or less.
As for your overall natural treatment plan – especially when it comes to herbal supplements – it is important to realize that what works for one person might not necessarily work for another.
For example, while some people swear by St. John’s Wort, others will say that it doesn’t work at all for them. Every person experiences a different type of anxiety, so every person will benefit from a different type of supplement.
The main thing to remember when you are taking herbal supplements to treat or prevent anxiety is the importance of being wary of drug interactions. Therefore, be sure you do not take herbal supplements if you have been taking medication for your condition.
If you have mild to somewhat moderate anxiety, you might want to give the herbal supplements a try to see if they will help you feel better. Only use them as instructed and do not mix them with prescription medication. As with prescription medication, it might take a few tries before you end up finding the herbal ingredient that works best for you.
Q: What is the impact of exercise on anxiety?
[tweetherder]One way that you can help yourself to prevent and treat anxiety is by exercise. Exercise raises your endorphins, giving you a natural high.[/tweetherder]
There are several types of exercises that you can do to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. All types of exercise can help, but should be done properly so that they promote relaxation.
Doctors believe that one of the reasons why so many people are stressed out most of the time is that they have no way to relieve their stress.
When we really think about it, we do not often have to do heavy, burdensome chores. We take cars or other transportation when we go out; we look for the closest parking spot to the door and we have machines that do our heavy work for us.
And so, when we combine the sedentary lifestyle that most of us have, it is no wonder that we are not only out of shape, but suffering from anxiety and a host of other ills as well.
Exercise truly is a remarkably efficient way to help cure many different ailments, including anxiety attacks. If you find yourself heading for an anxiety attack, do something physical such as exercise so that you can work out the anxious feelings through cardiovascular exercises and yoga.
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