Aug 1, 2012

Natural Methods to Stop Anxiety Attacks

by Mike Karowski, author of ‘Perfectly Panic Free’

Futurama Fry Panic Attack Photo

Chronic anxiety attacks and panic disorder do not always mean that you turn to medication that only mitigates the symptoms and not solve them. You can step up and do something on your own in order to cure panic attacks.

You can try these effective natural methods to stop anxiety attacks.

Eat a diet rich in potassium and magnesium


A nutritional deficiency in these minerals develops symptoms that include anxiety. Potassium-rich foods include bananas, tomatoes, salmon, spinach, carrots, corn, and celery. Bananas, for example, are rich in tryptophan which aids in serotonin production. Serotonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland. The purposes of serotonin are varied, which include regulating sleep, appetite, and mood. Magnesium-rich goodies, on the other hand, are black beans, broccoli, okra, oysters, soy milk, tofu, dark chocolate, almonds, sunflower seeds, and whole wheat bread. A nutritious diet composed of organic and whole foods is also invaluable towards combating panic disorder.


Exercise


Regular exercise is the single most effective anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and all-around mood lifter that you can get for free. Plus, it’s easy and fun to do. The panic-busting effect of exercise is actually the side effect of its improvement on your cardiovascular system. Your blood pressure is considerably reduced, thus you can cope easily with anxiety and stress. Exercise includes meditation and deep-breathing exercises. You might want to learn yoga, tai chi, or tae bo – relaxation exercises which are proven to improve your physical and emotional well-being, keeping panic attacks at bay.


Take a nature trip


Have you ever noticed the calming effect of simply looking at a framed picture of a seaside view? Imagine being there to experience the view, breathe in the smell of salt from the sea, and feel the heat of the sun. Nature has a way of changing your moods for the better. That is why taking a vacation in a resort or camping in the woods makes you feel good and alive. Take a nature trip. Hike in the woods. Do trail biking. Anything that gets you close to nature has a way of imparting peace of mind. What’s more is that you even get to integrate exercising and experiencing the outdoors together.


To learn more about dealing with stress and anxiety attacks, visit Mike Karowski’s Life After Panic at http://www.panicdisorderattacks.com


Life After Panic book photo