By Jane Sandwood, Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Writer
Anxiety is at an epidemic level in America, with over 40 million Americans diagnosed with anxiety and likely many more diagnosed or suffering intermittently from symptoms. A gigantic industry has sprung up around the condition, with innumerable anti-anxiety drugs there to assist, alongside clinical counseling, psychotherapy, holistic methods, eastern medicine and more. It can seem like a tangle to try and find out what works for you.
It’s already known that reflection and mindfulness help chronic stress and anxiety. There are, of course, many ways to achieve that. However, there are also a few, lesser known ways to help overcome anxiety, which are worthy of your consideration.
The Power of Tarot
Tarot is commonly associated with the stereotype of traveling caravans. Crones predict your future before moving on – it’s the basis of a hundred stories. However, tarot is actually an ancient and well-founded method of telling the future, dating back to the 15th century. What is more, interestingly, Tarot can help treat anxiety. It involves introspection; speaking to the universe, and accepting the path it directs. It preaches self-acceptance and getting to know yourself, key aspects of most effective anxiety treatments.
Long-term, tarot can give a sense of direction in life when it feels most chaotic, and something to fall back on and gain a sense of perspective from when in the midst of turbulent times.
That word might look alien to you. It’s Japanese and roughly translates to forest bath. What does that mean? Essentially, it’s a method of anxiety relief and calm development that emphasizes losing yourself to nature for short periods. Specifically, finding a forested area and giving yourself over; spending your time inhaling the scents, hearing the sounds and looking at nature in all of its relaxing glory. This taps into the classic anxiety banishing methods involved with meditation and exercise.
Returning to the eastern part of the globe, this time to China, you have acupuncture. Typically used to treat migraines, and with effects confirmed that health services in Europe officially advocate for acupuncture, it is now used for a range of different conditions – including anxiety. By using a range of needles from different metals, acupuncture targets your inherent ‘life force’ and reshuffles it to help defeat problems.
Anxiety is a condition that is invisible but causes great distress and affects everyday life. Most people will suffer from a form of it in their lifetime and might be lucky to pass it over. For the rest, these methods could be the answer to your hopes.