posted on Jan, 25 2015 @ 12:18 AM
a reply to: ChefSlug
Do spend as much time with your dog as you can; there's proven science around it.
Aside from that; meditate, stretch, and work out.
Working out releases endorphins that will counter your anxiety on a long term.
Meditation will teach you strong physiological control, and in situations where your anxiety peaks, you will be able to literally control your bodies
reaction. Slow your heart rate, control your breathing, etcetera.
Stretching will allow in general improve blood flow and distribution throughout your body; which will allow for easier processing as a whole - the
increase in heart rate due to an anxiety attack will be less drastic, because the necessity for the body to reach that point of anxiety will be much
lower. The strain on your body from the anxiety will be less.
In my opinion, I feel that alcohol and drugs - depending on intensity - are coping mechanisms; which you claim to be seeking - but in all reality,
there is guaranteed to be a deeper reason why you have anxiety issues. If it is chemical, you can learn to react to it naturally - or you can resort
to chemical intake in whatever variety you decide is 'acceptable'. Many people smoke weed, many people drink, many people take loads of pills... I
suggest that you try to avoid them all if you are trying to 'cure' your anxiety. You can always subdue it and make it go away with chemical
introduction; but it's not a cure. You have to find the reason for your anxiety and learn to cope with it mentally, and physiologically. You won't
be able to evaluate the mental reason for the anxiety without having control of your physiological condition. If you're 'freaking out' because of a
situation - you're not thinking about why you're freaking out; which is what you should address if you want a permanent cure.
Hope it all helps; I've dealt with anxiety since a young age myself - and have grandparents that basically drank themselves to death because of a
chemical imbalance that you cannot change without years of fixing it yourself; which doesn't involve drinking it away. My suggestion - is to learn to
balance your anxiety on your own, and with any luck, the genetic
imbalance will not pass to your next generation as strongly.