Anxiety Treatments - Stress Reduction
Anxiety symptoms are symptoms of stress caused by anxiety (worry, fearful thinking). Any method used to reduce stress helps the body to calm down and become less symptomatic. The less stimulated the body becomes, the less symptomatic it becomes.
While stress reduction won't address the underlying factors associated with anxiety, it can help to reduce the negative effects associated with stress and anxiety.
How helpful is stress reduction?
In a poll we recently conducted, participants indicated:
Of those who tried stress reduction:
- 11 % said they experienced no difference
- 65.1 % said they experienced little to some benefit
- 22.4 % said they experienced great benefit
- 1 % said they experienced complete relief
- .5 % said stress reduction made things worse
We are advocates of stress reduction because of the many benefits it provides.
Since each person is different, what may work for one person may not for another. We encourage you to use caution and discernment when trying anxiety treatment options.
Anxiety symptoms are symptoms of stress. Anxiety stresses the body, and a stressed body produces symptoms. So when others refer to anxiety symptoms recognize that they are actually referring to the symptoms of stress that the stress of anxiety causes.
Since anxiety symptoms are symptoms of stress, learning and employing stress reduction strategies can help to reduce and eventually eliminate symptoms. Unfortunately, the negative effects of stress last much longer than most people realize. So symptom reduction generally takes much longer than most people expect, because it takes so long for the negative effects of stress to be reversed once the body has incurred them.
Nonetheless, persevering with stress reduction strategies can produce excellent results. But it may take longer than you think for your efforts to pay off.
Yes, anxiety recovery often is much more complicated than just stress reduction. But stress reduction does play an important role in not only symptom elimination, but also in the maintenance of symptom-free health once it is attained.
Too many people downplay the importance of stress reduction. Hopefully our survey results will help to reinforce the importance of learning then routinely applying healthy stress reduction strategies.
NOTE: Chapter 4 in the Recovery Support area of our website lists 35 stress reduction strategies that work great for reducing the stress caused by being anxious.
Have a great week!
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated September 3, 2018.