A Tough Year: Anxiety
Posted on Oct 29, 2020
2020 brought us a whirlwind of overwhelming, negative events and so much stress. It is not surprising that many of us are experiencing anxiety. Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress. It is a feeling of fear, apprehension about uncertain outcomes and persistent worry about everyday situations. Fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, and feeling tired may occur.
Chinese medicine is not just about treating the symptoms. It is about figuring out the root causes. If we can address the causes, the symptoms will resolve. A condition such as anxiety can have many possible solutions. Chinese medicine can provide a multi-prong treatment approach using acupuncture, herbs and nutritional supplements.
Self-care is also a powerful tool to address anxiety. When symptoms arise, try these ideas:
Physical and mental fatigue
- Cold feet: Soak in a hot bath or use a heating pad on feet.
- Unable to concentrate or quiet the mind: Go outside and spend 20 minutes in your garden or a park. Do 15 minutes of stretching or yoga.
- Chest tightness and trembling in the heart area: Apply heat to the chest area and breathe in slowly on a count of 8 then breathe out on a count of 10.
- Entire body feels uneasy and hot: Do cardiovascular exercise – go for a walk or dance to upbeat music. Drink a cup of chamomile tea or rose tea. Inhale your favorite scent such as lavender, rose or pine.
If your anxiety is too persistent, please make a telemedicine appointment. I can help you with herbs and more specific self-care instructions.
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