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Cold Showers

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Posted by Sharon (NYC) on 08/22/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I read about cold showers on your site a few months ago. Since then whenever an anxiety attack hits me, I jump into a cold shower and stay there for about 5 minutes until I warm up. I am amazed at how fast it works to diminish anxiety. It must correct brain chemistry.


Cold Showers
Posted by Mary (Melbourne, Australia) on 11/25/2005
5 out of 5 stars

Read this website couple weeks ago and was looking at the comments on anxiety. well i must say it was sooo hard the first time. i still have to physch myself up to it but boy once you try it it almost becomes addictive and yes my anxiety is on the improve. thanks guys. awesome.


Cold Showers
Posted by Laura (London) on 10/18/2005
5 out of 5 stars

I tried John's cold shower method to stop panic attacks and i was very surprised at the result it had on my mental state. It totally distacted me from the attack and I have now made a promise to myself that anytime i feel an attack coming on, i will put myself under a cold shower. By the time i'm about to get in, my mind is off the attack and thinking more about the coldness instead! Thank you, John i think you saved my soul!!! Anyone that reads this, try it please!!!


Cold Showers
Posted by John (Arlington, TX)
5 out of 5 stars

I started taking cold showers after I developed panic disorder, general anxiety disorder, and moderate depression. Cold showers have been the best distraction out of any other distraction to get a panic attack to go away. It feels so good when I take a cold shower that it is like an addiction to me. I feel instant gratification both physically and mentally when I take cold showers. They our the best to get rid of negative thoughts, minor physical pains from within the body, fear from a panic attack, and anger. At first I tense my muscles together so I can get use to it and then I let them untense and let the water flow and it feels so great. Also I feel that my body is working better and I am a lot more alert and awake. I always feel like I am regenerated afterwards no matter how much I am going through. It is an intense body high. I would recommend this to anyone who suffers from anxiety, depression, or addiction problems. Remember when you take any of these three away you need to replace them with something else and cold showers is a great safe alternative that works wonders!


Cold Water

Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 08/31/2020 262 posts

Has anyone tried just sticking their head under the cold water faucet for anxiety attacks? I don't have anxiety but it would be such a relief to be able to pass the information along to those who do. In real time, if it works as a stop gap until they can get home or wherever. I've tried it and get mostly the same exhilaration but does that translate for depression or anxiety or panic attacks?

Plus, I want to add that it's a whole lot easier to store a single jug of water in the fridge for a quick boost without actually having to shower. Or even to stick one's head under the cold water out of any faucet if one is "on the road" or has anxiety while "trapped" somewhere they can't "escape" - I.e. school or work or something they can't simply walk away from if something flips the switch.

I've also just done the face which is pretty cool and a whole lot less messy than the whole head but, again, could someone who has such an issue check to see if it helps with anxiety, panic or depression? Thanks!!


Cornsilk Tea

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Posted by Tara (Phoenix, AZ) on 08/20/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Dried cornsilk (One tablespoon). One tea bag of green tea. 2 cups of bottled water. Bring water to a boil then remove from burner. Add teas cover with lid and allow to brew off of burner for 5 minutes. Strain with strainer into cup add honey to taste. This combination of tea relaxes, acts as a natural diuretic, and lowers the blood pressure. Dried cornsilk tea can be found in health food stores and in the groc. stores that cater more to the Hispanic community. It is also called "Barbas de helote" meaning; beard of corn in Spanish. For an extra experience sprinkle into tea a pinch of fresh lavende r(purchased at health food stores or produce stores ) for aroma therapy while you sip your tea. The fragrance of lavender relaxes and soothes. Drink a cup in the morning or whenever you feel nervous.


Couch Exercise

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Posted by Gary (Mesa, AZ) on 05/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Dear Earth Clinic, I may have some good advice on how to drastically cut or eliminate depression/anxiety. An exercise. I lay over the edge of the couch face down with my lower stomach on the arm. Keeping my legs straight on the couch I lean down with my torso and back up straight. This works the back muscles and takes pressure off the spine and nerves. Also, a simple visit to the chiropractor helped tremendously.Thanks, Gary.

EC: We emailed Gary for more details...

Replied by Gary
(Mesa, AZ)
05/09/2008

You would lie on the arm of sofa with your stomach. Legs on couch and head off. Use your arms like a pushup to help straighten your body. Your legs may want to raise up but you`ll have to secure them somehow.

In the exercise, I use my arms to help me straighten myself almost like a push up. Most people will not be able to do it without using their arms. I guess what's important is to use back muscles without straining them of course. Also, I just want to tell people with depression to go to a chiropractor,therapist or qualified trainer. This gets dismissed because they don't have back pain. Spend $30. It could be the answer. It's well worth it. Hope this helps.

Replied by Kayla
(Nashville, Tn)
04/27/2012

There is a much much much easier way to do this "couch exercise! " Just use a small blanket or towel and bunch it up into a tight ball. It should be about the size of a medium watermelon when it is all bunched up. Put the bunched up towel/blanket on the floor and lay tummy down with your stomach on top of it. It will be uncomfortable at first but shouldn't hurt. Then, wiggle your hips from side to side slowly for 2-5 minutes. You can experiment with having the towel/blanket higher on your stomach or lower. The way it was explained to me this process releases serotonin from your gut while also giving your insides a massage. Some find it helps with digestive issues or even menstruel difficulties in addition to mood/depression/anxiety issues.


Cup of Tea

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Posted by Jqueen (Atlanta, Ga, 30309) on 06/20/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Anxiety disorder is terrible, and it's worse if you are prone to having panic attacks, like me. I recently taken up drinking tea, and it's a pleasing experience. That matched with mild work outs, cool showers, and other things meant to give you piece of mind have REALLY helped. The best kinds of tea I've found are green, white, and especially chamomile. Chamomile is kind of like the "relax" tea. Stay away from teas with high caffeine count as that will make anxiety matters worse. If you can get decaf, good! If not, white, green, and chamomile are probably the best. Stick to organic, and prefferably loose tea. Make sure to drink it with NATURAL spring water. Actually, you should be drinking natural spring water, period! No flouridated water, for your health's sake. Tea has helped me in many ways. I'm sure it'll help you!

Replied by Iñaki
(Toronto, Ont)
01/06/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I seem to have panic attacks only in winters, maybe the lack of D3; who knows. The only natural thing that works for me so far is Peppermint tea. When I feel there is a PA in its way, I run and either prepare or buy ( if I am outside) a peppermint tea and the effect is inmediate. Is this a placebo effect or there is a compound in the mint tea that fights the panic attack? Honestly I dont know, but as long as it avoid a PA I will continue to try it. Hope this advice can help someone.

Replied by Everson11
(Mt)
01/03/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I was having a good sized panic attack about nothing last night (flashing lights in a movie)... That sets me off for whatever reason...

One cup of Chamomile, and I was good for the rest of the night... I think I'll use it every night for the fun of it...

I will get some peppermint as well, thanks for mentioning that


Deep Breathing

Posted by Joeyther (Memramcook, Nb, Canada) on 03/06/2011

In researching the causes of anxiety attacks, I believe it beneficial to note that 'breathing' is essential to physical well being. Shallow breathing which leads to insufficient oxygen appears a catalyst to these attacks.

What does that mean? When an anxiety attacks appears, get up and move, fast if you can, run, walk, whatever, just remember to get those lungs filled with air and gently exhale through your mouth. Repeat slowly and deeply enough to accomplish a replenishment of oxygen without hyperventilating. Hold your intake of air for a few seconds and slowly exhale through your mouth, repeat at least 10 times.


Eliminating Alcohol, Adding Magnesium

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Posted by Sober (Anonymous, Usa) on 07/09/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Awhile back I was dating a heavy beer drinker. I started heavy drinking beer with my buddy. 'bout a 6 pack of exotic beer a night. 'round that time I got horrible panic attacks for the 1st time in my life. So bad I'd go to the hospital. They gave me drugs but the drugs didn't help. They'd give me more drugs util I was a zombie. My family complained & I was taken off. I had also stopped drinking beer cuz your not supposed to drink while on these drugs. So even I stopped the drugs I didn't get panic attacks that sent me to the ER. Lots of sugar can also bring them on a lil' bit. I've been readin here & other places that alcohol & even sugar can deplete the body of nutrients like magnesium. When I rub some magnesium on I feel calmer. No panic attacks. Also helps with my leg cramps and speeding heartbeat I sometimes get at night. IDK why the hospital doesn't look for such. There tests don't seem to pick up borderline deficiencies. My shrink tried to tell me I got me a chemical imabalance and needed the drugs. When I stopped the drugs that made me nutty in a different way, the attacks were gone. Cuz I quit the drinkin as well.


EMDR

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Posted by Brenda (Washington, Utah) on 06/25/2013

Hello, I have had anxiety issues for about 15 years, the doctors all say is it GAD, but I believe it is social anxiety, issues accumulated mostly as a child that were never addressed, just stored within me. I have taken Paxil, Lexapro, Zanax and Effexor. Effexor is the only one that really helped me and still let me feel normal. Just recently my sister who has similar issues to me went thru EMDR sessions with a professional, no medications used at all. This is eye movement desensitation reprogramming. You are awake, and take no meds. This counseling basically reprograms your brain with good healthy info. My sister has become a confident person and says this has worked for her. I am currently weaning myself off 225 mg of daily effexor and have started using some self help methods and it has already boosted my confidence and my shaky nervous voice is becoming less noticable.

Replied by Sye
(Colorado, US)
02/27/2015
4 out of 5 stars

If you have crippling Anxiety, EMDR sessions with a safe trusted professional can really reprogram the brain and help heal trauma. However it takes a full lifestyle change to healthy living to find absolute resolution.. Drink lots of pure water, eat alkaline pure food, Good sleep, breathing, regular bowel movements, enemas, daily mediation or prayer

Awareness and control of feelings of fear, disappear and hopeless. Try to stay in the moment. Gratitude and Love seem to be the emotional antidotes. Talking and healing deep buried emotions are also key.

Avoid- Alcohol, Tobacco, Wheat, SUGER!!! Be patient with your healing. enjoy the journey

Replied by Cindy
(Usa)
02/27/2015

To sye from colorado. have you tried the EMDR therapy? I have been reading the book called "getting past your past" by Francine Shapiro, phd. I must say it is a fascinating read so far.

I came across information as well called Iasis treatment on youtube that looks similar but is not available where I live all about neuro feedback and getting brain chemicals in balance. Would like to hear more if you have done the treatment. Thanks. Health to all

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn)
02/27/2015

HI U SYE, , , , , , , , on the tail end of this thread, but my input is to look at your breathing. I say this because I had the same issue as a young hard charger in industry. All the doctors said I was blacking out because of hyperventilation. They gave me Dilantion to prevent this. Years later a doctor told me this was equivalent to killing a fly with a 105 Howitzer.

This treatment caused osteoporosis and lot of other problems I now have.

The anxiety eventually went away, but in my shady side of the mountain years, I am studying more and how you breathe is a biggie. 40 years ago I thought the doctors were full of stuff. Now I think they were right. I learned that chest breathing can cause this anxiety problem. You have to breath with your diaphragm and let the exhale be as long as you can stand. You have to balance O2 and Carbon Dioxide. Both players are important.

I encourage you to read what Dr Shallenberger says about his patients and anxiety. He has a video on this subject. Goggle him.

Wish you well.=======ORH=========

Replied by Rebel
(Somewhere Usa)
02/27/2015

Hey Robert Henry and Sye. There is a former professional wrestler, who has out a yoga program. The very first thing he covers in this is the way you breath, saying to fill up the diaphragm slowly and exhale slowly. He encourages people to get up to a 20 count. This is slow in and slow out. Starting with just like the count of 2 and then working your way up over time. He says he can go to a count of 60 and that this controls the way you react, adapt, and take action. I can't tell you the name here, but if you Google professional wrestler's This ain't your mamas yoga you will find it. His commercials are on early mornings 3 to 4.30 am eastern time on various stations. Not advertising here, but I made the purchase and breathing is the first thing covered on disc one.

Replied by Jp
(La, Ca)
12/04/2017

interesting: you never mention exercise. exercise defined as 1. cardio, 2. weight bearing, and 3. stretching

bare minimum, 3 times a week. ideally, 4-5,2-3 hours a day. yes, it's WORK. yes, it pays; it's the best health insurance of all.

remember this name:

JACK LALANNE


Emotional Freedom Technique (Eft)

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Posted by Oldriska (Prague, Czech Republic) on 02/02/2013

I would be interested to hear from anyone who's tried EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to cure illness, anxiety or just to improve their overall well-being. I hear positive things about EFT but I don't personally know anyone who'd use the technique. Thank you for your feedback.

Replied by Steve
(Las Vegas, Nv Nevada)
02/02/2013

I have used EFT to cure my anxiety, fears, sadnesses, and all types of pain too numerous to mention. It's such an easy technique to learn and use you can try it for almost any issue. If you don't get results there are plenty of other energy healing modalities that will be helpful. Here is a chart I use and with the tapping points and also a chart that explains what each point does energetically: http://www.freewebs.com/stevelevine/efttappingpoints.htm

Replied by Anon
(Anon)
02/03/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have used EFT for about 5 years and used it to help my niece relax at night before she went to sleep. I would tap lightly on her as she told me about her day. She was raised by her mom until she came to live with me, her mom had a lifestyle not suitable for a 4 yr old. So when the little girl moved in with me she had a few ODD behaviors. Like she constantly pulled at the crotch of her underwear, like she was frantically trying to get it not to touch her skin. She did something else as well that I can't remember. Anyway after a few weeks I noticed she didn't do those things anymore. She was more focused and paid better attention in school, just alot calmer. I also use it on my husband for relaxation purposes, he likes it. As for myself I use it almost everynight to get to sleep. It works and I love it!


Enzymes and Probiotics

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Posted by Brittani (Pa) on 11/18/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Improve you digestion system. The gut is the second brain. Haven't you ever heard of the gut/brain connection? If you are not digesting your foods probably, this can wreak havoc on the entire body. I was getting very anxious with heart palpitations before and ever since I improved my digestive system by taking digestive enzymes and probiotics, I have been calm as can be.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

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Posted by Missy (Kansas City, Mo Usa) on 05/22/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. It can be done by looking left and right, hearing sounds in alternate ears left and right, crossing your arms and tapping your hands on opposite arms, or patting someone's legs left and right to help them. The idea is to stimulate the left and right hemispheres of the brain alternately while dealing with the trauma. I'm thinking it helps the emotional side of the brain and the logical side of the brain talk. You can read up on it on the net easily enough, but it's best that a therapist help adminster it for best results.

I heard that people in the 9/11 attack used EMDR with good results. I used it for getting past a rape and another invasive trauma. EMDR is the therapy that finally helped.


Flax Seed Oil

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Posted by Mary (Seattle) on 01/24/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I read a thread here a few weeks ago from Teena about flaxseed oil for anxiety. I bought cold-pressed, high lignin flax oil from the health food store to try it out. Very inexpensive compared to other omega oils, btw. I took a tablespoon and OMG, my anxiety disappeared within an hour. I can't believe it. I have a lot of stress and anxiety, which plagues me at night especially. I have tried other remedies for anxiety over the years including magnesium oil (helpful as well), but flax has been the VERY BEST of all I have tried. Oh I hope others will try it out. The only side effect is that it makes me need to use the bathroom more often than usual. So I take a break every few days. Going to try cutting back to a teaspoon and see if that is equally effective. Gratitude -- Thank you Teena for recommending this remedy!!!!

Replied by Denise
(Crescent City, CA)
01/25/2019
123 posts

hey Mary, so happy for you. I have anxiety a lot, and depression, although every, single thing I've tried makes me drowsy. Most things are taken at night by the reviews I've read. I don't want to be drowsy, or kick-back. I've done Passion Flower (tired and made my tinnitus worse), Valerian, Melatonin, kava kava tea & capsules, SAMe, 5htp, and probably some other things I can't even remember. Does the Flax seed oil make you sleepy or drowsy? Thank you for any help. I'm spending so much money that is just going down the drain on these "trial and error" remedies, Denise

KT
(USA)
01/26/2019

Dear Denise, I personally think you are trying too many things together and expecting quick fixes. Never in the history of the world has there been such a variety of foods and supplements. They may not all be compatible. The binders, fillers and, in my case the capsule alone can contribute to problems that may not be readily recognized. I feel you need to detox from your trial and error remedies and give your body a break!! I am not familiar with several things you have asked about. Go back to basic food for medicine, Real Salt, magnesium, turmeric, cayenne pepper, garlic and ginger. Cooked vegetables until tender for assimilation and use real butter w/out salt. I have been swallowing 6 peppercorns whole in the morning and evening. I happened to Google "benefits of black peppercorns" and think you should look at that.

Replied by Lisa
(New York)
04/06/2020

As a phyto estrogen at the top it made me gain weight. But if it works for you. Soy too allergic and made me pack on the pounds.



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