There are some pretty wonderful anti-anxiety medications out there. Xanax and Ativan are extremely popular for short-term bouts of anxiety. Then, there is always the classic Valium, perhaps the most prescribed drug in modern medicine.
These pills offer nearly instant relief from emotional discomfort, not to mention the warm floaty feelings that so many people have come to crave. Anxiety meds are tough competition for any alternative means of calming down.
Still, many earnestly seek natural anxiety relief. Relieving anxiety naturally is healthier, both mentally and physically. There are no side effects; no liver damage, foggy mind, constipation, glazed over eyes or addiction concerns. Beyond these obvious benefits, learning to reduce your anxiety naturally offers a more permanent solution to the ongoing issue in your life.
Yet, is it possible? Can we in the natural relief business possibly deliver the same results that keep the pharmaceutical industry on top? This is a silly question. We don’t aim to compete with or be compared with the drug giants. Learning to manage your mind and emotions is another matter entirely and begins from a very different place that involves understanding more about who you are. Thoughtfully answer the following questions. It helps if you write down your answers.
Do you want to learn to manage your emotions without the help of medication?
If so, what will this do for you – how will it help you get where you want to go in life?
How much time and effort are you willing to invest in the learning process?
Getting clear with honest answers to these questions will help you to discover whether it is appropriate for you to begin learning the methods that can provide natural relief from anxiety. Here is a hint: If you are unwilling to spend the time to consider the above questions, then this may not be the approach for you.
Mike Bundrant is a retired psychotherapist, Master NLP trainer, and practicing life coach. He and his wife, Hope, founded iNLP Center in 2011. For information on coaching with Mike, please visit his coaching website AHA System.