Mental Health

6 Treatments For Anxiety & Stress

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Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about treatments for anxiety. If you’ve been reading this blog for long enough, you’ll know I have a VAST history of an anxiety disorder. Generalised Anxiety Disorder to be specific. It ruled my life for almost a decade. It turned my life entire upside down. Lost me friends. Lost me jobs. And just about everything else a girl could possibly lose. The last 8 years of my life have been controlled by anxiety.

Treatments For Anxiety

Good thing is though, following on from my latest stint in CBT last Winter, I’ve now been formally told that I no longer have an anxiety disorder! Cool, huh? The disorder itself may have gone but the remnants of how it changed and ruined my life will always be here. Guess that’s something I’ll always have to live with.

But over the years of having that disorder (and even now, after it’s gone), I’ve tried and experimented with a bunch of different treatments for anxiety. Because getting treatment for mental health conditions is NOT weak. It’s the strongest damn thing you can do. Of course it’s such a personal thing too. We all have such different needs.

So today I wanted to discuss 6 different treatments for anxiety (5 of which I’ve personally tried myself) for anyone who’s struggling and needs some advice on what to do next:

Anxiety Treatment

Traditional medication for anxiety

Probably the most obvious one here and that’s traditional medication prescribed by your doctor. The decision to go on medication for anxiety should not be taken lightly and should always be discussed thoroughly with your GP. It took me 8 years to pluck up the courage to take medication for my anxiety. And what do you know… it changed my life.

Medication doesn’t work for everyone and there’s always side effects to be wary of. For me, I had an UNBEARABLY dry mouth for months after I started taking it! I was drinking constantly all day and no amount of liquid would help. I also lost my appetite for a the first 2 weeks but other than that, I got on pretty well with my medication.

NHS therapy

I’ve been referred to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) through the NHS twice now. The first time was around a year after I started experiencing my anxiety disorder. And the second was last Winter but that time was in a group setting. For me, personally, CBT doesn’t help. But I can appreciate what it’s trying to do and how helpful it is for so many people. For me, the group session did wonders because it really brought me out of my shell and out of my comfort zone and I’ve made some incredible friends through it.

Private therapy

My private therapy was what helped me the most at the time. This was years before I touched medication and also during probably one of the darkest times of my mental illness. Finding a private counselor absolutely changed my life. I know I’m very lucky to have been in a position to do that as so many people aren’t but I’m adding it into list because it IS another treatment for anxiety to consider if you can.

CBD

This is only point on here that I don’t have any personal experience with. However I do know of people who have had huge success with CBD and I’d be more than happy to try it myself – was I not on medication. So for this point, I’m delighted to introduce Enhance – a company founded in 2019 and who’s goal is to help YOU find the right CBD supplement. They provide the education and resources to help you take control of your well-being and using CBD to enhance that further.

Founder Tom, has had some fantastic positive experiences with CBD himself. He says:

“When I was suffering with anxiety I was apprehensive about trying CBD as like most supplements, I thought it wouldn’t provide a noticeable effect. However, after 2-3 weeks of taking it regularly I began to see some benefits which have continued over time. These benefits included sleeping deeper, less restless sleep and ultimately feeling more refreshed upon awakening, reduction in stress and mental fogginess.

Seeing these benefits pushed me down the path to creating EnhanceCBD. Working with CBD for the last couple of years has shown me that everyone is different and finding the right CBD for you is key. That’s why we created our 5ml variants to help people start CBD without the large price block as well as our taster packs to allow people to start CBD easily.

One I have seen is that people view CBD as a ‘magic potion’ that will cure their problem quickly. It’s important to remember that CBD is a supplement and the best way to view it is there to support you.”

So if you’re struggling with anxiety or stress, CBD could certainly be an option for you. As Enhance have told us, it’s so important to find the right product for you and do your research beforehand. Check out their website and about page for more information on Enhance.

Other natural treatments for anxiety

This is what I used to rely on before I was put on traditional medication. And looking back now, I know that I needed MUCH MORE than just natural remedies to help control and manage my anxiety. But I’m glad I tried it and the products that I did try, I really liked. This option would be great for those who need something to take the edge off – not for during full-blown anxiety attacks.

Self care and looking after your well-being

Okay, this one isn’t a “treatment”. And it’s something we should all be doing anyway. And absolutely NOT something that you should rely on if you have a severe anxiety disorder – like I did. Of course it helps but if your anxiety is impacting your day to day life to the point where you can’t continue as normal then you should seek alternative treatment options – such as the suggestions above.

But I wanted to include this point here because it IS important. We so often neglect our self care, especially when we’re feeling low or stressed. When that’s the EXACT time we need to be focusing on it the most. Why is it we focus more on self care when we’re already happy and content? Even the most basic acts of self care are so important when we literally don’t want to get out of bed.

This is more a point for anyone who gets stressed easily or gets a little anxious during certain situations. Because as human beings, we all suffer from a bit of anxiety every now and again. So just put yourself first sometimes, okay?

If you’re struggling with anxiety, please know you’re not alone and I hope you can seek the help you so deserve and perhaps consider one of these treatments for anxiety. Have you tried any of these treatments? Which worked for you?

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82 Comments

  1. One of the very right point you have mentioned is
    : Self care and looking after your well-being.
    Thanks for the useful post. 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂

  2. brunettelondoner says:

    Thanks for this post, I’ve been struggling with anxiety for a while and felt there was no hope- I’ll definitely look into these and hopefully they work! 💛

    1. I hope they help!

  3. Thanks for posting this, it’s very helpful and I will definitely be trying the methods!

    1. Hope they help!

  4. Really helpful – great post!

  5. Thank you for this post, sharing that you were told you no longer have an anxiety disorder is so inspiring ❤️ I have used self care definitely, mindfulness, meditation and walks in nature 😊

    1. Thank you! It’s pretty cool 🙂

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  7. This an amazing post!
    I think it’s very important to take care of your mental health, especially right now!

  8. Hey , I liked your blog it’s very Important not to neglect your mental health which is very important in todays world, with your blog providing awareness about anxiety stress it will really help people who are fighting it and those who are still figuring it out how to deal with it in the initial days.

  9. Wow! I had no idea there were so many options to treat anxiety and stress!

    1. There’s probably more too

  10. I’ve been using breathing exercises and yoga to help. I also have used CBD and it made me feel good overall.

    Thanks for the tips!

    Tonyalee @ https://www.vivaciouabibliophile.com

    1. Glad you’ve found some methods that work for you!

  11. Tonyalee says:

    I’ve been using breathing exercises and yoga to help. I also have used CBD and it made me feel good overall.

    Self care is so important, too!

    Tonyalee @ https://www.vivaciouabibliophile.com

  12. I am defo not someone who officially suffers with anxiety but I am an anxious person! Some of these may really help me!
    Rosie

    1. I hope they do!

  13. Sarah says:

    I found CBT really helped me as well as medication. I also try to have relaxing baths as much as I can in the evenings xx

    1. Glad CBT helped you. I need to have more baths!

  14. As always, you’re completely bang on with how we need to look after ourselves most in the times when we don’t think we’re capable. I know I’m in a bad mental health patch when things like brushing my hair get thrown to the wayside, and then I end up with practically matted hair. Taking care of the little things can really help make the bigger things seem more manageable. I’ve tried a few of these treatments and not quite found the one for me, but I hold out hope that it’ll come! Thank you for your brilliant advice 🙂 x

    1. It’ll come! It can certainly take a while. It’s great that you’re aware of when you’re starting to get into a bad headspace though. The awareness is important!

  15. I struggle with it, even on days when there’s nothing to be anxious about – I need to try some of these x

    1. Oh yeah that sounds like how I used to be.

  16. Thanks, that is a great post. As strong as any of us are, there are always times in out lives when we suffer form stress and anxiety. So its good to know how to deal with it.

    1. Totally agree 🙂

  17. I love how you talk about all types here, from meds to ‘talking therapy’ to indeed the little things like self care that, although it won’t completely fix it, it can be a step in the right direction already.

    And I love how you’ve nuanced that CBT didn’t work for you, but it can work for others. Everyone has different needs and issues, so different therapies fit with different types of people. I’ve for instance read a lot about ‘provocative therapy’, which is basically everything that you shouldn’t do if you ask a regular psychologist, but it can work wonders for some!

    1. Thanks so much! Yes it’s so important to mention that everything won’t work for everybody. I found CBT essentially useless but I know so many people who swear by it and that’s fine! I’ve never heard of that type of therapy – I’ll be looking that up!

  18. I have anxiety and I have been through a lot of the steps you have, CBT, medication which I am still on. But I have started taking cbd and having a routine. That’s awesome you have been told you don’t have one. Although it does change your life. These are some great ideas to help. Self care is so important!

    1. Glad you’ve found some things that work for you!

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