A Journey To Understanding And Overcoming Anxiety – Part 7: A Holistic Approach to Managing Anxiety – Understanding Your Options

As someone who has helped many individuals recover from anxiety, I want to assure you that there is hope for those struggling with this condition. It’s essential to understand that there are different options available that may or may not work for everyone. That’s why it’s crucial to find the right treatment approach that resonates with you.

In our last article, we spoke about the medications commonly used to treat anxiety disorders as well as their drawbacks. In part 7, we will discuss common and alternative anxiety treatments and ways in which hypnotherapy can provide a more introspective and longer-lasting solution. 

A Comprehensive Approach to Treating Anxiety: Beyond The Traditional Methods

As we have discussed, medication is designed to treat the symptoms of anxiety instead of addressing the core of the condition with holistic therapy like hypnotherapy. The most important distinctions are as follows:

  • Pharmaceutical Treatment: While medication can provide some relief, it may take a long time to achieve the desired result and can come with the risk of unwanted side effects.
  • Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis looks at going to the core of where anxiety, depression, fear, guilt, and shame originated. It’s a more natural treatment that allows you to explore the root causes of your anxiety and make positive changes.

Other treatment options include: 

  • Alternative Medication: These are medications that are not part of conventional medicine and may include herbs, supplements, or vitamins. Alternative medication for anxiety may include products like valerian root or chamomile.
  • Alternative Therapy: This refers to non-conventional treatments that may be used instead of or in addition to conventional therapies. Examples of alternative therapy include acupuncture, massage, and yoga.
  • Complementary Treatment: This type of treatment is used in combination with conventional medical treatment. An example of complementary treatment for anxiety is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which is often used in combination with medication.
  • Lifestyle Changes: These are changes to a person’s daily habits or routine, which can help reduce anxiety symptoms. Examples of lifestyle changes include regular exercise, a healthy diet, and proper sleep hygiene.
  • Natural Treatment: This refers to treatments that use natural remedies, such as aromatherapy, herbal medicine, or dietary supplements, to alleviate anxiety symptoms.
  • Psychotherapy: This type of therapy involves talking to a mental health professional to explore and manage anxiety symptoms. Cognitive-behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, and interpersonal therapy are some types of psychotherapy used for anxiety.
  • Regression Therapy: Hypnosis/hypnotherapy aims to help individuals access past memories and experiences to better understand and manage anxiety symptoms. Hypnosis is a technique that can be used during regression therapy to help individuals achieve a state of deep relaxation and focus.
  • Experimental Therapies: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) has some controversy as another type of therapy for some types of anxiety. It seems to be a beneficial treatment for PTSD and may be useful for some types of traumas. Somatic experiencing, developed by Dr Peter Levine, is a form of psychotherapy that helps release trapped trauma within the physical body by relieving some of the sensations associated with it.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This therapy centres on pinpointing and changing negative behaviours and thought patterns. CBT helps individuals to develop coping strategies that enable them to manage their anxiety more effectively.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): A form of CBT that combines talk therapy with skills training in areas such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. DBT is often used on individuals with borderline personality disorder, but can also be helpful for those struggling with anxiety.
  • Family Therapy: A type of therapy that involves family members in the treatment process to improve communication and understanding within the family unit. Family therapy can be particularly useful when anxiety is related to family dynamics or issues.
  • Gestalt Therapy: A type of therapy that emphasises personal responsibility, self-awareness, and the present moment. It involves exploring and experiencing emotions in a safe and supportive environment, which can help individuals work through anxiety.
  • Goal-oriented Therapy: A short-term therapy that focuses on setting and achieving specific goals related to anxiety management. This approach can be particularly helpful for individuals who prefer a structured and solution-focused approach to therapy.
  • Marital Therapy: A type of therapy that involves both partners in a relationship to improve communication and intimacy. Marital therapy can be helpful for individuals who experience anxiety related to their relationships.
  • Play Therapy: A type of therapy that is geared towards children, using play as a means of communication and expression. Play therapy can help children work through anxiety and other emotional issues in a safe and supportive environment.

Talk Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves talking to a licensed therapist or counsellor about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours to help you work through psychological challenges. Here are some types of talk therapy that may be beneficial for anxiety treatment:

  • Art Therapy: A form of therapy that involves using creative techniques, like drawing, painting, and sculpting to express and explore emotions.
  • Biofeedback: A technique that involves monitoring and controlling your body’s physiological responses, like heart rate and muscle tension, to help you regulate your stress response.
  • Dance Therapy: A form of therapy that involves using movement and dance to help you process and express your emotions.
  • Existential Therapy: A type of therapy that focuses on exploring the meaning and purpose of life to help you find meaning and direction in your life.
  • Humanistic Therapy: A type of therapy that emphasises empathy, acceptance, and self-growth to help you develop a stronger sense of self and improve your relationships.
  • Ministerial Counseling: A type of counselling that involves spiritual guidance from a religious or spiritual leader to help you find meaning and purpose in your life.

Finding Balance: Embracing Holistic Treatment Approach For Anxiety

If you’re struggling with anxiety, it can be tempting to try self-medicating or relying solely on surface-level research to find a solution. But as someone who has seen the benefits of hypnotherapy firsthand, I encourage you to consider a more investigative approach. With hypnotherapy, we work to get to the core of your anxiety, exploring the root causes and creating a customized plan for moving forward. 

A holistic treatment plan with a trained hypnotherapist will often include many of the above supportive strategies for a comprehensive treatment plan.

It’s important to remember that anxiety is a complex issue that often stems from deep-seated problems. While hypnotherapy can be an incredibly effective tool for managing anxiety, it’s not a quick fix. It’s a process that requires patience, commitment, and hard work. But the good news is that many people start to see progress within just a few sessions, and some even report improvement after just one.

Unlocking Success: Comparing Anxiety Treatment Options & Their Effectiveness

Let’s take a closer look at the various treatment options available for those suffering from anxiety. It’s important to find an option that is best suited for you in achieving your goal of freedom or having your anxiety under control.

  • Medication: Medication alone is unlikely to cure anxiety and seldom offers a support system to make lifestyle changes. There is no magic pill to remedy and cure an anxiety disorder, and mainstream science has started looking at alternative ways to work with the core of the issue.
  • Counselling: Counseling may involve repeatedly discussing feelings and issues, with the idea that talking more about it will make you feel like you have been released and let go. However, this can often feel like throwing salt in the wound and increase physical, emotional, and mental pain.
  • Life Coaching: Life coaching can offer tools to apply when you feel anxious, but it often requires strict discipline to apply these methods. It can be difficult to apply these techniques when anxiety has already been activated.

Lifestyle Changes: Life changes, such as creating a routine that allows you to move out of the anxiety routine, take focus, commitment, and dedication. While going through anxiety disorder, you may need much willpower to activate that alone. Anxiety can deprive you of energy, making it challenging to push forward and achieve your goals.

The Mind’s Potential: Harnessing The Power Of Hypnotherapy To Manage Anxiety

Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, unlocks the infinite power of the mind, which knows exactly what it needs to do to achieve your desired outcome. Through the facilitation of a specialty hypnotist, a specific formula is offered to the subconscious mind, allowing it to understand the options available to achieve freedom, liberation, and success, breaking free from the bondage anxiety disorder has over you. 

Hypnotherapy has the potential to achieve more than many realise, liberating you from the limitations of the past and current imbalances. Freedom starts when the mind embraces, accepts, and realises it can be free, allowing its infinite potential to be expressed.

Keep an eye on our anxiety blog series for the last instalments as it reaches its conclusion. By now you realise just how much hypnotherapy can provide a more introspective and longer-lasting solution. 

Whether you prefer a structured, goal-oriented approach or one that involves exploring and experiencing emotions in a safe and supportive environment, there’s a treatment option that can work for you. 

Don’t let anxiety hold you back from living your life to the fullest. Reach out today and take the first step towards overcoming your anxiety.