Anxiety is an issue plaguing the world right now.
According to an article in Medical News Today, 6.8 million people in the United States of America and over 300 million people across the globe are impacted by General Anxiety Disorder.
If you are one of hundreds of millions of people that suffer from anxiety and stress, know that you are not alone.
Anxiety is a term that is used to describe the psychological effects of illogical worrying. It’s an unreasonable approach the mind takes in an effort to explain the stressful sensations of dangers that surround us. It is often unwarranted and can easily turn into an uncontrollable storm where the mind struggles to grasp reality and think of situations in a more logical way.
Constant anxiety can often transcend just the mental and emotional side of things and seep into physical ailments too. This can cause a lack of sleep, illness, or even mental diseases and disorders. It causes tension in the muscles and nervous system, hinders the functioning of the immune system, and keeps those suffering from enjoying their lives or even being able to live in any kind of way that is deemed normal.
Anxiety is actually an evolutionary trait present humans received from our hunter gatherer ancestors. Millions of years ago, homo sapiens lived in the wild where there were many threats to constantly face.
Dangers lurked around every corner in the form of predators, weather and environmental conditions, or a lack of survival needs being met. In times or situations like these, we were required to have a heightened sense of awareness of our surroundings and events in order to find either an escape or fight the danger to survive.
In the past, this fight or flight response ultimately saved humanity and helped us evolve into the apex species we are today.
But now, we no longer have to face or be on guard for predators, at least not all the time, and our basic needs are almost always met.
However, our minds still easily latch onto modern day problems and we trigger the exact same response. The reaction is actually a release of a hormone called cortisol. Too much of this hormone can have detrimental and long lasting effects, causing actual disorders or mental limitations that hinder our ability to function.
There are several different types of anxiety disorders, which include panic disorder, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, illness anxiety disorder, phobia, separation anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. Many symptoms of anxiety and feelings of stress can occur physically, such as an increased heart rate, muscle tension, bodily pains, rapid breathing, restlessness, panic, and extremely difficulty in concentration. It can further result in feelings of confusion, unparallelled frustration, immense disorientation, a vast disconnection from reality, the outside world, from others, and from oneself.
Anxiety and stress can latch onto our minds and even rewire our brains so we feel as though we are constantly searching for problems, expecting the worst to occur, or, even when we are in a safe and secure place, we’re always worrying what kind of issue will pop up next.
In more recent times, anxiety has skyrocketed. While improvements and feats in technology and science are constantly making things easier for us, new issues are arising. These unparalleled and unprecedented problems can cause an influx of anxiety and stress disorders, as they have.
Western cultures and civilizations are experiencing a prevalence of stress and an increase in cortisol levels. Instead of worrying about predators, many of us have to worry about money, careers, social interactions, social media influences, and other relatable fields.
Add to the mix the looming state of the planet and environment from the ongoing climate crisis and global warming and the novel covid-19 pandemic, anxiety levels across the world are shooting through the roof.
While many physical dangers are now held at bay, modern day human beings are forced to look inward, focusing on their ego and trying to uphold the harsh standards an ego requires to maintain.
This day and age is also ruled by technology, which has caused a global disconnect to nature and organic life itself. Many of us feel this dramatic shift in living and wellbeing through our anxious thoughts and feelings. Social media has heightened already unrealistic standards and those of us who check up on our social media pages are constantly faced with a mixture of feelings.
We can either feel as though we are not good enough, like we are not living how we could as we see all the happy faces doing incredible things across the world while we’re stuck in an office job battling to pay the rent.
While we are no longer facing the same threats we used to as neanderthals, we are constantly bombarded with an explosion of sensory threats. Bright lights, loud noises, and chemicals rush in and out our lives at the speed of light, and the evolution of our brains cannot catch up.
Alongside the rise of futuristic lifestyles, pharmaceuticals are taking over the health side of life. The first appearances of Western medicine were seen as miracles. We were saving far more lives and preventing many more deaths. The population was growing and we were fast gaining access to many quick fixes. However, we’ve come to realize that what we actually need to be doing is solving our issues from the root cause, moving through our anxiety and identifying triggers. Above all, we seem to have lost touch with ourselves and how to heal ourselves, finding and sculpting our inner strength and resilience to rise up and become our higher and most liberated selves.
This is where holistic healing comes in and thrives. Pharmaceuticals now hold the aim to make money - and they won’t make money if everyone is healthy. This has caused an increased level of mistrust. And if you can’t trust those who were previously thought to hold a patient's well being in top priority, then who can we trust?
Perhaps, instead of constantly looking to the future, we should gaze back to traditions and methods that have been utilized for thousands of years and still hold form and truth today.
Holistic healing is alternative forms of therapy and medicine that does not involve pharmaceuticals. Holistic healing methods focus on not only the body as a whole, but the individual as a whole too, mind, body, and soul. It focuses on helping address the root cause instead of numbing the symptoms and side effects.
The philosophy is aimed at restoring balance and promoting harmony and an equilibrium across all aspects of a human being. It deals with energy, chemical components within the body, natural eternal forces such as nature and sounds, and matters of psychology.
It’s altogether a non-invasive form of therapy and inner healing that, in turn and naturally, helps us fix our physical and external issues and ailments. Holistic healing methods vary in types but all were developed thousands of years ago withstanding the harsh tests of time. The prevalence and popularity of these different methods only further proves their effectiveness.
On a psychological, mental, and emotional level, holistic healing has paramount positive effects. Many forms and methods of alternative medicine promote focus and concentration, improves memory, fights diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, and helps uplift self-awareness and confidence. Finally, holistic healing can help you balance your emotions and reduce anxiety and levels of stress, resulting in an uplifted, liberated, and overall happy life.
Forms of holistic healing include aromatherapy, emotional freedom tapping, meditation, laughter therapy, yoga, aryuveda, sound healing, and energy work.
Each and every method of holistic healing has the patients best interests at heart. Holsitic healing provides not only relief, but liberation from the clutches of both aniety and the dependamcy of pharmaceuticals.