Stress Management

Many of us remember the horrible tragedy of the Twin Towers collapsing after the terrorist attack in 2001.  Not surprisingly, many of the survivors developed panic attacks and increased anxiety.   The city of New York graciously paid for their therapy in the hopes that they could recover.  A few years later a New York city task force asked these survivors to list the most effect therapy that helped them.  Their answers may surprise you! 

These traumatized survivors said that the top three most beneficial therapies they received were:

Acupuncture
Massage
Yoga

Their answers are quite surprising.  Dr. Van der Kolk, writing in his book, The Body Keeps Score (page 231), believes the reason acupuncture, massage, and yoga helped the most was that these treatments lower cortisol levels.   Cortisol is a hormone made in the adrenal glands that is released during stress.  Dr. Van der Kolk states that people who experience high levels of stress have chronically elevated levels of cortisol which contributes to a sense of increased of anxiety.

There are many reasons why people suffer from chronic anxiety or panic attacks.  Simply adding one or two of these treatments won’t magically make your anxiety disappear, but it can be a way for you to de-stress so that you will begin to feel less anxious.