Simple anxiety cures.
The first confrontations with anxiety and anxiety cures
aside (those with my mother and her “go get me my pills” commands), my first understanding of
alternatives to medicating anxiety attacks came in a philosophy class in college.
My newly found friend (now a contemporary of over 25 years)
had walked into the classroom before the session began with her backpack, a drink, and a paper bag
bunched at where the neck would be.
She breathed deeply into and out of the bag inhaling and
sucking the paper with a crackle and exhaling and returning the brown lunch bag back to an expanded
Evidently, her need for this maneuver was brought on by an
anxiety attack (now also called a panic attack—a sudden surge of dread and fear
The anxiety attack instigates an imbalance of blood gases,
for want of the appropriate amounts of carbon dioxide in the blood (often caused by the unwitting
hyperventilating the anxiety-stricken individual is doing. Inhaling and exhaling steadily
through the paper, then, levels out the carbon dioxide.
Because the anxiety syndrome has become more prevalent in
specific cultures and countries, experts in the medical and therapeutic fields have suggested other
self-help anxiety cures. Some of these include talking yourself up (or down, but not
depressedly or negatively), taking your point of focus to a place outside of your body and bodily
reactions/symptoms, and sitting calmly with a “this too shall pass” approach and attitude or
Sometimes, the anxiety attacks are not psychically-related,
are not metaphysical, so to speak, but are instead riding on the coattails of a physical illness
(such as diabetes, for instance). Then, the anxiety cures you seek might be more
involved. Some sufferers consult doctors or therapists or visit clinics dedicated to such
disorders. In addition, people access the options and alternatives for anxiety cures: they
partake of medications prescribed for them, get therapy (such as biofeedback/Neurofeedback or
psychotherapy), or learn new life-management skills. As well, some experiencing chronic
anxiety will endeavor to learn new techniques for breathing, stress-management, and better
As with any disorder or affliction that is consistently
plaguing you, your best efforts should include educating yourself on the causes and effects,
consulting medical health and/or therapeutic professional (depending on physical or mental origins
of the anxiety) guidance, and relevant and appropriate treatment—be that treatment in the
form of pills or paper bags.