We are living in unprecedented and challenging times which can lead to increased feelings of frustration, worry and troubled sleep. This can play havoc with the body's ability to self regulate and the nervous system. Uncertainty and fear have a profoundly negative effect on our neural pathways leading to mental unrest, anxiety and sometimes insomnia. There are lots of natural solutions to anxiety, we will look at Acupuncture for stress and anxiety.
What is Anxiety
Feelings of fear, worry and panic can be normal responses to certain situations. These feelings can give you an awareness of risk and encourage you to take action in a difficult or dangerous situation. This is known as the "fight or flight response". Your nervous system will respond to a threat or danger by releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Once the threatening situation has stopped, your body will usually return to normal.
Long term stress, panic and fear, will continue to produce stress hormones and keep the body in "fight or flight "long after the threat has passed leading to anxiety.
- racing thoughts,
- over thinking,
- difficulty concentrating,
- sleep problems
- and dissociation
What is the Solution?
Therapies on offer with Anxiety UK to help people suffering with anxiety are as follows:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT)
- Compassion Focused Therapy. ( CFT)
- Acupuncture ( BAcC registered)
My Holistic Top Tips to Ease Anxiety
- Ditch Caffeine or reduce it as it increases stress hormones
- Try an aromatherapy bath with lavender and rose essences.
- Drink Chamomile tea
- Exercise mindfully - Listen to your body, try walking in nature.
- Seek help from a trusted friend or counsellor.
- Eat a clean diet packed with essential nutrients: oily fish, fruit and vegetables.
- Make sure you have good sleep hygiene and if you are not sleeping try acupuncture or meditation.
- There are lots of great mindfulness apps that help with guided meditation - Check out calm.
Acupuncture and anxiety
From a biomedical viewpoint, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, influencing the production of the body's communication substances - hormones and neurotransmitters. The resulting biochemical changes activate the body's self-regulating homeostatic systems, stimulating its natural healing abilities and promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Research shows acupuncture regulates hormones and neurotransmitters that are known to affect our mood and well-being, such as endorphins, serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine. Acupuncture can be also used safely and effectively in conjunction with conventional drug treatment, minimising side effects.
Anxiety UK and the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) are working together to provide members of Anxiety UK access to traditional acupuncture treatments.
Colette Assor is an Holistic Health Specialist and a BAcC registered Acupuncturist with 20 years post graduate clinical experience.