I am into trying different approaches such as acupuncture or even have thought of trying hypnosis to help manage my anxiety. I find it very hard to focus on breathing techniques when I am having an anxiety attack Its almost like I can't concentrate long enough to breathe in and out slowly continuously, my anxiety thoughts often take over again after the second or third breath and I am back at a very tense not breathing properly pace, I often find myself even holding my breath, until my body just naturally does it for me to avoid suffocating :P I just feel that often my body is always tense, especially my shoulders and neck, so I was thinking maybe even deep tissue massages weekly could just ease out some tensed up anxiety built up in my body? any thoughts?
ps I am sick of the thought of trying more medication, I have been on celexa for a long time now it worked very well for a while until now, and was recently given ativan .05mg if needed before bed, I have taken it once since I got it, its there for just in case at this point, but I am so not interested in that little pill :S
i can see where you are coming from with this.I suffer from GAD and also i am an alcoholic in recovery,32 years.We have a basic 12 step program spiritual in its concept.So i use our meetings not only for my continuing recovery but also to share how i feel.I always feel better after a meeting and i don't mean "skipping through the daises"just relaxed so together with my medication i just try to get a balance"a day at a time"We also have retreats now they are more intense Fri/sun and you really do feel great after those.You mention tension i have also had the help of a chiropractor which was brilliant that was over 10 weeks.Awareness and living in the now all these sound easy but as you can see they do work.
I have Anxiety Disorder, and PTSD. I have been put on medications for these disorders (Klonapin, Seraquel). I don't like taking pills, and I thought I would try another form of relief. Acupuncture worked for only three days. I have friends that are Hypnotherapists, so I thought I would try it.
Hypnosis is based on relaxation. So that seemed like a good idea.
Frankly, I know a bit about Hypnotherapy, so I went to one of my friends who practiced it for a living.
I was immediately more relaxed than I have been in years. I was given several suggestions regarding Anxiety. When I "awoke" from the Hypnosis session, I was still relaxed, and this feeling lasted more than several days.
I went back the next week for more, and I can honestly say, that Hypnosis made me feel so relaxed, that I was impressed with it.
I suggest that you try it.
Massage therapy, in my opinion, is a short term solution.
If I were you, I would seek out a good Hypnotist. How do you know they are good? Call first and ask them some questions. For example: Where did you get your training, and how long did the training take? If they respond "2 Weeks", thank them for their time, and look for someone who has had more extensive training. Ask them how long they have been practicing? If it is less than 2 years, keep looking. And, finally, ask them if they practice for a living, If they say that they practice Hypnotherapy exclusively, then you have found the right person.
Some Hypnotists have a set price for their services, some will work with you, depending on your income.
It's important that you ask these questions, to insure that you have found a successful Hypnotist, who makes a living by Hypnotherapy, then you will know that they have a good practice, with enough clients to be able to live on Hypnotherapy alone.
It shouldn't take long to find one that is suitable for your needs. You might want to mention your issues. If they respond convincingly that they can help you, then book a session. They will help you breathe, as well.
Here's a tip I have learned by visiting a hypnotherapist for Panic Attacks:
Lay down, close your eyes. Focus on your breathing. Relax your breathing, and take four deep breaths like this: Breathe in deeply through your nose, hold your breathing for a mental count of 4, then exhale slowly through your mouth & tell yourself that with each exhale, you are ridding yourself of your anxiety. Do this 4 times in a row. Then imagine yourself on a staircase with 20 stairs. In your mind, count down each step from 20 to1, believing that each step is relaxing you more & more. By the time you reach the bottom, you will be much more relaxed. So relaxed that you may want to take a nap. This really works.
I thought I'd jump in because you asked about different ways to ease your anxiety. I have GAD and have experienced your same symptoms. Here's 3 things you haven't received replies about:
Idea #1) In reference to your shoulder & neck tension which are always getting tight for me, just like yours: I go to an excellent deep tissue massage therapist every 3 wks. It's like getting all the tension and knots of muscle taken away, and starting a new day with no problems as I walk out of the office. No burning knots or pain. I have other spine & joint problems and benefit from getting my bones in place and a host of physical problems solved. An experienced therapist sees or feels evrything that's wrong, tight, or out of place.
#2) There's a program different than any other. Dr. Abraham Low (I think I have it right) treated anxious & depressed patients very successfully before there were any drugs. The meetings are at all different times. It seems strange at first because you are learning a new way to think about yourself & your problems. You learn the theory & the special terms used to describe how you feel & how you cope. Examples are done in class and everyone learns by coming up with appropriate responses that direct how you are thinking about your symptoms, etc. in a calming way. You never have to speak unless you want to. You will learn anyway. It may sound strange, but it works well. It's a tool in your toolbox for GAD that isn't dependent on drugs at all.
3) Tension in your muscles: There are as many ways to stretch your muscles as there are muscles... which is a lot. There are tricks to getting a good stretch and, for example, greater neck rotation. There are ways to massage yourself when you need relief between massage therapy app'ts. or any time at all. Also there are simple exercises you can do just for 1 or 2 parts of your body at a time that relieves tension. I can get rid of a lot of pain with these various techniques. There's a lot to tell you about this, but I won't go into it unless you are interested. Just let me know.
I hope you find the answers that are right for you.
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