By asking yourself important questions, you are starting a meaningful conversation with yourself, and setting yourself up to be your own best coach to calm anxiety symptoms. Advice is great, but anxiety can spiral into worse mental states, and everyone is unique, so getting advice from many sources can be a way to find ways to calm anxiety symptoms that are most correct for you.
One important source of advice is a general practitioner. For those who are quick to treat health issues with pharmaceutical solutions, a range of medicines can be prescribed. It is important to let your GP know if you are willing to spend money out of your own pocket, since the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which subsidises the cost of medicines for all Australians, is tightly controlled. This means that often the GP must prescribe a certain medicine first. Only if you meet special criteria after trying the first medicine, will they mention other options. To be your own best coach to calm anxiety symptoms, it may be helpful to know about all medicines that are sold in Australia, and the good and bad about each one. After a fully informed discussion, you may find that some newer medicines may not be on the PBS. But just because the government has not agreed to pay the price that the overseas pharmaceutical company charges for a medicine doesn't mean that your decision will be the same. If you want to be your own best coach, then knowing all your options will lead to the best decision for yourself. How much extra information you want may depend on your budget and other factors. Letting your GP know what your situation can set you up for the best dialogue.
For those who prefer all diet, exercise and natural product options before using pharmaceutical medicines, the GP may also be worth asking for advice. Especially if you plan to take both pharmaceutical medicines and natural products, it is important to ask the GP and the pharmacists about how those will mix (there can be interactions). The GP may be a good source of information about well known natural products like St John's Wort or breathing exercises, but is less likely to be aware of essential oils, kinesthesiology, or special nutrition for anxiety symptoms. Natural health practitioners and nutritionists, if you can afford the consultation fees, can also be a great source of information. Otherwise basic literature search skills, the local health food store, the internet (but use basic literature search skills to double check the information you find) and family and friends can all be helpful.
It may not take long to find a natural product that works for anxiety because the calming effect doesn't take long to notice. If a calming effect isn't noticeable in a reasonable timeframe, it makes sense to stop spending money on it and try something else. The GAD-7 or DASS questionnaires are also useful tools to ask a GP about. Even if you didn't find your GP was helpful when you asked about natural therapies to calm anxiety symptoms, it can be worthwhile going regularly to check how much you have improved using these questionnaires, which give you a score and an easy way to track your improvements.
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This is a reprint of my article published on Ezine: http://EzineArticles.com/9339597