• Anxiety Therapy in Pasadena & Newport Beach, CA

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    Anxiety Therapy for Pasadena, CA

  • Have you ever experienced your heart racing, blood pumping, body shaky, sweaty or cold, dry mouth, stomach churning, mind hazy, overwhelmed or foggy? These are some of the symptoms of anxiety. Nobody likes them, they are very uncomfortable and at worst could lead to a Panic Attack.

     

    Other symptoms include: TMJ: Jaw tension or jaw tenderness; Skin irritation / acne / breakouts / itching / hives / rashes; Painful Mensuration; Insomnia; Poor sleep; Eating Disorders; Craving sugar / craving salt / over eating / under eating; Migraines; IBS: Stomach or intestinal issues...

     

    Below are Five (plus) Ways to Deal with Anxiety Without Medication

    Meditation- Meditating is deceptively simple and best done when you are feeling calm, and not in a heightened state of panic. Finding a quiet place to simply be alone with your thoughts, following a guided mediation found online or from an app like Headspace, or taking a nature walk are all ways you can practice meditation. Mindful meditation specifically, focuses on breath and body sensations and to non-judgmentally evaluate distracting thoughts or emotions, and loving-kindness meditation focuses on compassionate thoughts towards yourself. As you embark on learning to meditate, be patient with yourself as it may feel difficult at first.

    Deep breathing- According to The American Institute of Stress, “Abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes each day will reduce anxiety and reduce stress. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.” Schedule a time to practice deep breathing everyday, even if it’s while you’re doing dishes or folding laundry.

    Exercise- There are hundreds, if not thousands, of studies out there that show that exercise reduces stress. Not only will you reap the physical benefits of a workout, but your mind will feel it’s effects too. Your body releases feel-good hormones called endorphins when you exercise that boost your mood, and while its effects aren’t long-lasting, the mood boost you get will likely alleviate the stressed feeling you had before your walk, run, or yoga class. Find an exercise activity you really enjoy doing so you are likely to stick with it.

    Grounding techniques- Often times our anxiety is related to either thinking about something in the future, or that feeling of wanting to flee from a situation. When you use grounding techniques it keeps you in the present moment and helps reorient you to the here-and-now. To try it, if you are in a room, count all the tiles on the floor, or start naming the colors of objects in the room. If you are driving, begin to find all the red cars that are on the road with you, or if you are sitting somewhere begin to list all the things you can physically feel, like the itchy couch cushion against your thigh, or the fabric of your shirt on your arm. Another option is to ask yourself “What day is today? How old am I? What is the year?” etc. and answer them. All of the above keep you grounded in the present moment and aware of your surroundings.

    Nutrition- Eating nutritious food that fuels your body with the proper energy is crucial to fighting anxiety. Often when we are stressed we crave sugary foods or foods we know are bad for us, but that temporary high comes crashing down into deeper depression and anxiety. Do your research to know which foods provide you with mood boosting vitamins and amino acid. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which aides in uplifting your mood, Greek yogurt and high protein foods improve alertness, mental energy, and reaction time. Combine those with a complex carb like a sweet potato or brown rice for the ultimate boost. Other tools include Time management, Decluttering and Organizing the environment and our Self care stress tips can be printed below. If you’ve tried any of these and are still suffering with symptoms, The A Treatment Center, located in Pasadena CA and New Port Beach CA (Corona Del Mar, CA) can help you overcome your anxiety! ​​ We are here to help.

  • Don’t Panic! Manage Your Anxiety with These 9 Helpful Tips

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety disorders, which equates to roughly 18% of the population. Although anxiety disorders are the most common class of mental disorders present in the general population, only one-third of those suffering will receive treatment.

    There are different types of anxiety, and each has its own unique list of symptoms. Social anxiety, an intense fear of social situations, afflicts many in our society, particularly introverts. According to a recent study, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) more than doubles the risk of cancer mortality in men. Long-term effects of anxiety include high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

    There is Hope for Healing Your Anxiety

    While daily exercise, quality sleep, supplements and good mood foods are essential stress reducers, there are many other effective strategies for treating anxiety, including: 
    1. Be Grateful- Write down five things you are grateful for every day. Focusing on the things you are thankful for helps to calm the deep limbic or emotional areas of your brain.

    2. Take a Time-Out- There are a variety of relaxation methods, including meditating, diaphragmatic breathing and listening to brain-enhancing music. Find a technique that works for you and use it whenever you become stressed.

    3. Face Your Fears- Unless the situation is life-threatening, do not leave, run away from, or ignore whatever is causing you to have anxiety. Like standing up to a bully, you must face the fear or concern directly, or it will always have control over you and increase your anxiety.

    4. Learn to Let Go- Accept that you can’t control everything. If you’re holding on too tightly, you might be causing yourself unnecessary stress, which will only make your anxiety worse.

    5. Repeat a Mantra- Repeating simple words like “May I be safe and secure” can increase positive emotions and decrease negative ones. Research has shown that Loving Kindness Meditations (LKM) can minimize pain, migraine headaches and the symptoms of PTSD.

    6. Talk It Out- This is an absolute must. Let friends and family know when you’re emotionally overwhelmed. Seek professional help if necessary, but don’t fight your battles alone.

    7. Use a Visual Anchor- Whether it’s looking up at the clouds or staring at a picture of a tropical paradise, find a visual anchor that will calm you down during stressful situations.

    8. Exaggerate Your Greatest Fear- Tell your fear to someone in as dramatic fashion as possible. Repeating the story several times will make your fear seem downright silly.

    9. Laugh- When all else fails, laugh. Laughing releases stress-reducing endorphins into your bloodstream. Laughter truly is the best medicine and can work wonders in relieving anxiety.

    Untreated anxiety robs you of your quality of life. If you would like to know more about how Amen Clinics can help you with the anxiety in your life, it is important that you contact us today at 888-288-9834 or online.