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Florida Center for Recovery Announces Blue Cross Blue Shield As In-Network Insurance Provider

Fort Pierce, Florida — Calling all Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) health insurance members! Starting this year, you will be able to use your BCBS insurance to cover the cost of addiction treatment at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR). This is due to the fact that Blue Cross Blue Shield is going to be an in-network health insurance provider at FCR.

“Blue Cross Blue Shield becoming an in-network partner for Florida Center for Recovery is huge news for our local Floridian patients. It will allow them to take advantage of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s MyBlue and Florida Blue policies,” says  Andrew Hooper, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Florida Center for Recovery.

7.7 million people in Florida are currently covered with Blue Cross Blue Shield. This partnership allows access to the clinical and medical excellence that Florida Center of Recovery has provided to the treasure coast and beyond for the last 20 years.

Although Florida Center for Recovery has a variety of health insurance in-network providers, including Aetna, Beacon, Magellan, and Tricare Insurance, the facility is aware of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s large reach. That’s why FCR was hard at work for the past eight months to make sure this in-network partnership happened.

Florida Center for Recovery also worked hard to have BCBS as an in-network health insurance provider because the FCR staff knows how important it is for addiction treatment patients to have the means to pay for their care. This is especially true since the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many to lose sources of income and fall into old addictive habits. Luckily for those individuals, the in-network deductible of BCBS policies could be as little as 0 dollars.

Also, fortunately, due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance companies must provide as much coverage for addiction and mental health treatment as they do for physical ailments. If rehab centers don’t accept coverage from health insurance companies though, the ACA doesn’t mean much. That’s why it’s impressive that Florida Center for Recovery has put in so much effort to gain BCBS as an in-network health insurance provider.

To learn more about how you can benefit from Blue Cross Blue Shield now being an in-network health insurance provider for Florida Center for Recovery, contact FCR directly. You can also verify your insurance online at the Florida Center for Recovery website.

About Florida Center for Recovery

Florida Center for Recovery is a renowned addiction treatment center in sunny Fort Pierce, Florida, with some of the most comprehensive alcohol and drug rehab programs in the state. For the past 20 years, Florida Center for Recovery has provided compassionate and affordable inpatient addiction treatment care to all of its patients. The addiction treatment programs at Florida Center for Recovery incorporate cognitive-behavioral therapy(CBT), trauma programs, and rapid resolution therapy (RRT) along with 12-step practices, SMART Recovery, and Celebrate Recovery. The holistic approach that FCR also offers has only further provided the treatment center with an excellent medical and clinical reputation. Florida Center for Recovery even utilizes integrated approaches to treat addiction and co-occurring disorders. To learn more about Florida Center for Recovery, visit https://www.floridacenterforrecovery.com. You can also follow FCR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Ketamine Therapy: New Treatment for Anxiety and PTSD

Ketamine therapy is a new approach to therapy that targets symptoms of anxiety disorders. Originally designed as an anesthetic, therapists and researchers praise ketamine for its success in promptly reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in assisted therapy sessions.

Since its recent approval by the FDA, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy stands as a potential bright spot in mental health. This is especially true when you compare ketamine to antidepressants and cognitive-behavioral therapy, which don’t yield a remission of PTSD symptoms in many patients.

Ketamine in Conjunction With Individual Therapy

Ketamine therapy is a new treatment for anxiety disorders and is a calculated form of improving mental health. With proper dosages and professional guidance, the goal of ketamine therapy is to:

  • Encourage healthy brain activity
  • Assist patients that suffer from OCD in breaking a cyclical feedback loop
  • Encourage patients to manage or overcome obsessive thought patterns
  • Increase neural activity, which is beneficial for the brain and leads to a more normal function
  • Allow patients that suffer from depression and anxiety to avert their minds from negative thoughts
  • Allow patients with substance addictions to create new thoughts or habits outside of their unhealthy behaviors

Ketamine therapy provokes an experience of dissociation, temporarily detaching patients from their surroundings. The combination of a therapist walking the patient through old memories or traumas and a patient being in a trance-like state sometimes offers a breakthrough experience. A proper dosage of ketamine will let patients explore their unconscious states of mind.

Many attribute the success of ketamine therapy in a controlled environment to the access it gains into the subconscious mind. Trauma causes people to create barriers or defense mechanisms. Humans naturally do this because some memories or emotions may feel intolerable. Ketamine can diminish those barriers. Thus, through proper individual therapy, patients can sort through the traumas or difficult emotions that aren’t usually readily accessible to them.

How Does Ketamine Therapy Work?

Ketamine therapy is an entirely new treatment approach. Ketamine causes an antidepressant result in many patients. The reason for this isn’t entirely understood. The result of this is through a new mechanism that assists people in managing depression, PTSD, and other anxiety disorders when other treatments haven’t worked.2

Many patients often have success with ketamine therapy due to its ability to create new pathways in the brain, according to Dr. Robert C. Meisner, medical director of the ketamine service in the psychiatric neurotherapeutics program at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts.

Experts believe that ketamine increases glutamate within the spaces between neurons in the brain. Ultimately leading to a release of other molecules, which create new pathways. “This process likely affects mood, thought patterns, and cognition,” said Dr. Meisner.2

This process allows patients to view their traumas from a more objective or disconnected point of view. Sometimes leading the patients to sort out their possibly intolerable emotions within standard consciousness.

Studies show that ketamine works in multiple ways simultaneously. It might act as an anti-inflammatory, reducing signals involved in the process of inflammation within the brain. A topic still studied, this type of inflammation is linked with certain mood disorders.2

Side Effects of an Antidepressant Dose of Ketamine

In the context of a therapeutic dose of ketamine, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that the low dosage of ketamine that’s used for treatment-resistant depression was relatively free of side effects. Furthermore, the NIH found that the mild dosage of ketamine that’s lower in dosage than what would cause anesthesia can quickly relieve the symptoms of depression. This relief can occur within only hours for individuals who haven’t responded to conventional antidepressants.

The NIH analyzes one common short-term ketamine side effect. This side effect is patients feeling strange or loopy within an hour of receiving ketamine. After two hours though, this strange and loop feeling ceases.

The NIH didn’t link any serious events to a single administration used for ketamine therapy. The NIH also didn’t observe ketamine cravings with a single administration.

NIH researchers gathered data from 188 patients and actively monitored their potential ketamine side effects. 163 of the patients had bipolar disorder or other major depressive disorders, while 25 of the patients participating were part of the healthy control group. The structured surveillance was conducted in an inpatient setting using both a standard rating scale and clinician interviews.

During the study, none of the symptoms persisted over four hours and researchers didn’t note any drug-related cravings. Eight symptoms occurred in about half of the patients: “feeling strange, weird, or bizarre; feeling spacey; feeling woozy/loopy; dissociation; floating; visual distortions; difficulty speaking; and numbness.”3 This study in particular didn’t address potential side effects with long-term ketamine use.

Ketamine Abuse

Ketamine treatment has raised concerns though, because of its history of abuse. According to American Addiction Centers, ketamine abuse can lead to cognitive decline such as:

  • Flashbacks
  • Decreased sociability
  • Impaired memory recall
  • Attention deficit or dysfunction

In high doses, ketamine can trigger mental health predispositions such as schizophrenia or similar psychosis. Abuse of ketamine can also lead to long-term physical harm that damages the bladder, kidneys, and heart. Chronic ketamine abuse often leads to permanent damage to the bladder due to inflammation in the organ.

Ketamine vs. Esketamine

In March 2019, the FDA approved Spavato, which is a nasal spray containing esketamine. The nasal spray was approved for people with treatment-resistant depression. Ketamine and esketamine are very similar but have molecular differences. Esketamine is also more potent than its counterpart.

Developed in 1962 and approved in 1970, ketamine was and currently is mainly used as an anesthetic. People with PTSD using ketamine isn’t unordinary in retrospect, since soldiers with PTSD preferred this anesthetic during the Vietnam War.

Ketamine is presently valuable within the veterinary field. In fact, it’s one of the fields most commonly used drugs.

In a study conducted last year, researchers analyzed and compared the efficacy of both ketamine and esketamine. This particular study found that ketamine does indeed play a therapeutic role in certain mental disorders, most notably depression. It’s less clear which version of the pharmaceutical brings more success.

The researchers looked for a response in alleviation from suicide, depression, and its severity. The researchers ultimately concluded that intravenous ketamine seemed to yield more success than intranasal ketamine when it came to treatment for depression.7

Though the aforementioned scientific review found the benefits of intravenous ketamine greater, the FDA currently only has submitted approval for esketamine. Thus any prescription of racemic ketamine, specifically for the treatment of depression, is an “off-label intervention.”7

Who is a Good Candidate for Ketamine Therapy?

Studies suggest that ketamine treatment and medication should only be available to adults. This form of therapy is also not a “first-line treatment” for depression. In fact, most of the research done on ketamine therapy revolves around patients with treatment-resistant depression. This means that the patient hasn’t responded to several rounds of antidepressant medication.

Also, studies suggest that ketamine therapy shouldn’t be available to those with a history of substance or alcohol abuse. Research doesn’t show the long-term side effects of ketamine therapy. If abused though, ketamine therapy could cause a person serious harm.

In fact, ketamine is used recreationally as a party-drug in many countries. When used as a recreational drug, many people refer to ketamine as “Special K.”

It’s important to note that ketamine therapy is a specific treatment with calculated doses that are significantly lower than what’s used for anesthesia or recreational use. Ketamine medications are also synthesized and specifically designed to target symptoms of depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders.

Most patients who undergo ketamine therapy suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, or bipolar disorder. Ketamine therapy can sometimes be immediately helpful, granting relief of these disorders’ symptoms or of suicidal ideation. Similar to drugs like Prozac, the harmful ketamine symptoms often come back though. Thus, monthly ketamine therapy sessions are often needed.

It’s imperative to educate yourself so that you understand if ketamine therapy is suitable for you. Since its recent approval by the FDA for therapeutic use, ketamine therapy requires more research and data.

Ultimately, the potential benefits of ketamine therapy are a bright spot within the world of mental health and therapy. Therefore, if you or a loved one could benefit from ketamine treatment, please contact us today.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6457782/
  2. https://www.health.harvard.edu/ketamine-for-major-depression-new-tool-new-questions-2019052216673
  3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.11.028
  4. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/side-effects-mild-brief-single-antidepressant-dose-intravenous-ketamine
  5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.09.071
implant for opiate addiction

Implant for Opiate Addiction

Some of, if not the most, popular substances to abuse today are opioids and opiates. Hence, why we’re currently in an opioid epidemic. Opioid overdose, death, and relapse rates continue to increase. As a result, doctors and medical professionals have become determined to develop a more effective form of opioid addiction treatment. In search of this new form of opioid and opiate addiction treatment came the implant for opiate addiction.

What is an Implant for Opiate Addiction?

An implant for opiate addiction is a medicated pellet or rod that’s inserted underneath the skin. Opiate addiction implants help reduce cravings for opioids and eliminate the high-inducing feeling of opioids and opiates. Thus, an implant is a great way to help treat opioid addiction and dependency.

Opiate addiction implants are for recovering opioid and opiate addicts who have already been clinically stable for approximately six months, but still need the added assistance of opioid and opiate antagonists to remain sober. An opiate addiction implant provides an ongoing release of a low dosage of either a partial opioid agonist or an opiate antagonist over the span of approximately six months.

What is a Partial Opioid Agonist?

A partial opioid agonist is a chemical that activates the opioid receptors in the body. There is a  difference between partial opioid agonists and full opioid agonists like heroin, fentanyl, morphine, or oxycodone though.

The difference is that partial opioid agonists activate opioid receptors to a lesser degree. Thus, partial agonists like buprenorphine provide a safer and more controlled dosage of prescription opioids. That way partial opioids can take the place of the full agonist opioids that addicts have been abusing.

Ultimately, providing lower, controlled doses of prescription opioids helps opioid addicts slowly reduce their cravings for opioids. Lower, controlled doses of opioids through partial opioid agonists also help opioid and opiate addicts manage their withdrawal symptoms.

What is an Opioid Antagonist?

An opioid antagonist is a chemical that binds to bodily opioid receptors and blocks the effects of opioids. This is unlike opioid agonists that activates the various functions of bodily opioids.

Since opioid antagonists block the effects of opioids rather than activating them, opioid antagonists don’t produce euphoric effects. If anything, opioid antagonists block the euphoric effects of opioids.

Opioid antagonists do not technically alleviate pain either. They simply block the effects of opioids and opiates altogether and block the space in the body where opioids would normally go.

Types of Implants for an Opiate Addiction

There are different types of implants for opiate addiction. These different opioid and opiate addiction implants vary based on whether they’re partial opioid agonists or opioid antagonists.  Only one type of opiate addiction implant is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) though.

Probuphine Implant for Opiate Addiction

Probuphine is a form of buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a medication that recovering opioid addicts take to help them manage their opioid withdrawal symptoms. Recovering opioid addicts also take buprenorphine to help treat their opioid use disorder. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist.

Probuphine is the only FDA-approved implant for opioid dependence. So, it’s the most popular.

A Probuphine opiate addiction implant comes in the form of a medicated rod. Doctors insert this rod under the skin in the upper arm.

Inserting a Probuphine implant for opiate addiction is so simple that doctors can do it in one single procedure. To receive a Probuphine opiate addiction implant, you must have already been stable and sober for at least six months. You must also have already been on other forms of buprenorphine.

Naltrexone Implant for Opiate Addiction

Although not FDA approved in the U.S. yet, another implant for opiate addiction is that of the opioid agonist naltrexone. The Australian physician, Dr. O’Neil, invented the naltrexone implant.

The naltrexone addiction implant continuously releases doses of the opioid agonist naltrexone into the human body for approximately six months. This opiate addiction implant is still not FDA approved yet though. Still, thus far in Australia, the naltrexone implant has shown to be effective in treating opioid addiction.

The only non-pill form of naltrexone that Americans can legally take to help treat opioid addiction is Vivitrol. This is an extended-release naltrexone injection that can only last for up to a month.

The naltrexone implant dissolves in the body after it’s inserted. This allows it to continuously release a consistent dose of naltrexone for up to six months.

People who take the Vivitrol injection must continuously go back and receive more Vivitrol injections to manage their addictions. Due to how often people must receive the Vivitrol injection, compliance with the medication is low. That’s why Dr. O’Neil decided to go about finding a new and effective opiate addiction implant that involves naltrexone.

Probuphine Opiate Addiction Implant vs. Naltrexone Opiate Addiction Implant

The time frame that the naltrexone implant for opiate addiction releases doses is the same as the time frame that Probuphine addiction implants releases doses for, six months. Also similar to the Probuphine implant for opioid addiction, doctors can insert the naltrexone addiction implant into a person in one single procedure.

There are some differences between the Probuphine and naltrexone opioid addiction implants though. The most obvious one being that Probuphine is a partial opioid agonist while naltrexone is an opioid antagonist.

Another difference between these two forms of opiate addiction implants is the place in the body in which doctors insert each implant. Physicians insert Probuphine into the upper arm of a recovering opioid or opiate addict. On the other hand, doctors insert the naltrexone implant into the abdomen of recovering opioid or opiate addicts.

A buprenorphine addiction implant is somewhat addictive and can lead to overdose when used while also consuming large amounts of alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other depressant drugs. This is unlike naltrexone implants which aren’t addictive and don’t lead to overdose due to being opioid antagonists.

A final and important difference between the Probuphine and naltrexone implants for opiate addiction is that Probuphine is FDA approved while the naltrexone implant for opiate addiction isn’t. This is because researchers must still do more clinical research on the naltrexone opiate addiction implant.

So individuals who want to receive an implant to help treat their opioid addictions must receive the Probuphine addiction implant. To legally receive the naltrexone implant for opiate addiction, you must go to Australia.

Pros to Using an Implant for Opiate Addiction

Overall, there are pros and cons to receiving an addiction implant. Some of the pros for receiving a legal implant for opiate addiction are described below.

It’s Effective

One pro to receiving an opiate addiction implant is that it really does help curve opioid and opiate cravings and withdrawal symptoms. In fact, forms of buprenorphine, like probuphine, are known as the best forms of medication to help treat opioid addiction. This is because partial opioid agonists, like buprenorphine, helps recovering opioid addicts slowly wean themselves off of opioids.

It’s Convenient

Another pro to using an opiate addiction implant is that it’s convenient. You only have to receive an opiate addiction implant once. Once you do that, the implant takes care of the rest of the work for you. This is because the implant will release small doses of opioids or opiates into the human body at regular time intervals all on its own. This means no more worrying about taking a pill everyday.

It’s Not Accessible for People That Don’t Need It

There is no way to acquire an opioid/opiate implant without needing one. This is unlike many prescription opioid addiction medications that come in pill form.

You can’t acquire an opiate/opioid addiction implant without needing one because a doctor must run multiple tests and perform a surgilogical like procedure on you prior to giving you one. Without a green light from a doctor, you can’t receive an opiate implant. This is especially true since implants are within a person’s body. This is unlike prescription pill medications for addiction that people can easily steal or acquire under false pretenses.

Cons to Using an Implant for Opiate Addiction

Just like there are pros to using an implant for opiate addiction, there are also cons for using opiate addiction implants. Some of these cons include:

It Can Be Somewhat Addictive

Since buprenorphine and all of its forms are partial agonists, they’re somewhat addictive. Due to its slow onset, mild effects, and long duration, most people don’t develop addictions to buprenorphine though, especially when in the form of an opiate addiction implant.

It Can Lead to Deadly Interactions

Although this is a rare occurrence as well, if a person contains a Probuphine implant for opiate addiction while also consuming large amounts of alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers or other slow breathing drugs, it can lead to overdose or death. This is because forms of buprenorphine such as Probuphine are partial opioid agonists. Thus, using an opioid addiction implant while taking large portions of other slow breathing drugs is still equivalent to mixing substances.

Florida Center for Recovery Will Treat Your Addiction in a Way That Best Suits You and Your Needs

At Florida Center for Recovery, we know how important it is to provide treatment options for highly addictive substances like opioids. That’s why we offer a wide variety of specialized and individualized treatment programs.

We even offer different forms of substance abuse treatment. For example, we offer scientific and holistic substance abuse treatment methods that treat the patient’s mind, body, and soul. In other words, we treat the “whole” patient.

We even utilize various forms of addiction therapy to treat our patients. To learn more about the different forms of addiction treatment and therapy that we use to help treat alcohol and drug addicts here at Florida Center for Recovery, contact us today!

External References:

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50347421

https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2016/05/fda-approves-six-month-implant-for-treatment-of-opioid-dependence

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7 Creative Ways to Turn Anxiety into Productivity

Back in the caveman days, anxiety helped our ancient ancestors outrun predators and stay alive. Now, most people don’t need to do this but still experience the same level of stress. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that around 19% of Americans have an anxiety disorder. The anxiety that many Americans experience only gets worse once combined with the co-occurring disorder of addiction.

With the right help though, people can convert this unwarranted stress into productive anxiety. We’ll show you how to channel positive energy where it seems like there’s none through these seven, simple activities.

1. Journaling

First off, journaling is one of the best ways to turn stress into productive anxiety. For example, a study within The Arts in Psychotherapy shows that writing for as little as 15 minutes daily helps. The 2006 study shows journaling thoughts and emotions significantly reduces the negative effects of depression and anxiety. With this, the vast majority of participants never journaled about their feelings or even felt comfortable doing it.

So, in what way does journaling show how to channel positive energy where it was once negative? Firstly, it allows for emotional release. Bottled up feelings can turn into deeper problems when people ruminate on them. By writing them down, it lets one better process them.

Journaling As a Form of Productive Anxiety

When people deal with anxiety, they aren’t in control of their thoughts. Yet, people with anxiety disorders are in charge of their pens and papers. Writing out anxious thoughts with positive solutions or spins can help relieve stress. It shows that the worst-case scenarios that people’s brains spit out aren’t so bad at all.

Secondly, a prime part of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is recognizing thought patterns. Journaling is another way to recognize patterns over time. From there, individuals can see how to stop the cycle of vicious thought patterns and maladaptive behaviors before they begin.

2. Make Art

Art acts as a creative outlet to channel productive anxiety. Science says so, too. In fact, The American Journal of Public Health produced studies that highlight the connection between art, mental health, and physical health. These connections work together to reduce stress, which makes for a healthier body.

Although stress is a mental ailment, it manifests as physical symptoms. Therefore, people with anxiety often report suffering from headaches and body aches when they’re stressed.

Turning negative thoughts and emotions into something beautiful is a healthy coping mechanism. Doing this also allows the mind and body to relax. When a person relaxes, it lowers that person’s blood pressure and depletes the bodily chemical, cortisol inside of that person.

Cortisol secretes in a “flight-or-fight” scenario. Someone with anxiety likely has high levels of cortisol, meaning that they’re always in a flight-or-fight mood.

Art doesn’t mean one thing since there are different forms of art to consider. Some of these various forms of art include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Digital art
  • Embroidery
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Making ceramics
  • Creating sculptures

These are some popular examples of art. Other examples include metallurgy, tufting, and making tapestries. Whatever act allows for creative expression is art. The most important thing is a form of art that you genuinely think is fun and makes you forget the hard feelings that often plague you.

3. Cook

Another mode of how to channel positive energy from anxiety is through cooking. There is something grounding about working with your hands. It’s because working with your hands allows the anxious mind to focus on something fully.

Stress becomes productive anxiety when a person cooks. This is because that person now has to think about the next step in a recipe rather than past arguments or negative thoughts.

There are plenty of resources to start cooking: 

  • Blogs
  • YouTube
  • Recipe apps
  • Cooking shows
  • Recipe books at the library
  • Food magazines (like Bon Appétit)

A person doesn’t need to be Gordon Ramsey to relieve anxiety through cooking. Plus, it’s hard to be upset when there is delicious food ready to eat.

People can regulate their mental health further through what they choose to cook. Certain foods are known to boost the mood not only because of their tasty flavors, but also because of the vitamins that they have inside of them.

Creating something that is nourishing and delectable is an accomplishment. The feeling of pride overwhelms any notion of stress and hostility a person might harbor.

If cleaning is an issue (which it often is with anxiety disorders), opt for one-pot meals or disposable trays. Meals can be as simple or elaborate as a person chooses.

4. Make and Listen To Music

The University of Minnesota recognizes the power of music in terms of how to channel positive energy from anxiety. Specifically, the University discusses the therapeutic benefits of creating music through its creative and receptive process.

Music therapists will assist patients to create music to help them process their feelings and give them a creative outlet to express themselves. Then, in the receptive process, they will have them listen to soothing music.

Furthermore, the university stresses that it doesn’t matter the level of music experience one has. Anyone can relieve stress through music whether it’s through making digital beats or tapping away on the triangle. Additionally, the same can be said about listening to music. Soothing music distracts the mind from everyday worries and releases hormones that make a person feel good.

These hormones are associated with making and listening to music: 

  • Oxytocin
  • Serotonin
  • Dopamine
  • Endorphins

In short, the brain associates music with good feelings. Hence, actively taking the time to listen or play music will train the brain to be happier and relaxed. This will deplete levels of cortisol, which lowers stress on both the body and mind. Also, it’s cost-effective. Plus, It’s completely free to sing a song or listen to music.

5. Exercise

It’s not a secret that exercise relieves stress. Firstly, the brain rewards the body by releasing chemicals that make a person feel content. These include endorphins, serotonin, and endorphins.

Exercise also helps regulate hormones. Exercise also lowers cortisol because the human body uses it during exercise to provide people with fuel and energy. On top of that, exercise helps level out the sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen.

At first, it might be unpleasant to exercise. It’s sweaty and uncomfortable. But, the brain quickly adapts to the benefits of using exercise as a form of productive anxiety. In fact, after a few sessions of exercise, some people find that they crave it. Their bodies want more of these chemicals that make them feel so good.

Additionally, exercising takes the mind off of anything it’s worrying about. A good workout session should leave people out of breath with their hearts racing. It’s quite difficult to ruminate on negative events when in this physical state.

Can’t stop thinking about the events of the day or the next cycle of bills to pay? Exercise more! Just keep in mind that it’s easy to get hurt when exercising without being mindful. Consider exercising with a personal trainer at a gym.

6. Take a Walk in Nature

For centuries the Japanese have praised the benefits of forest bathing. This is different from exercising. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. The practice of shinrin-yoku is a matter of physical mindfulness. It makes individuals actively observe the natural world around them instead of their negative thoughts.

Because shinrin-yoku can make someone struggling with anxiety slow down, it’s a form of productive anxiety. Working on mental health is more productive than any chore out there. Time notes that forest bathing can be done wherever there are trees. A garden or backyard will work to relax the mind.

Our Ancestors Naturally Turned Stress Into Productive Anxiety

Our ancient ancestors spent all of their time outside. Now, most people spend all of their time indoors. This disconnect between our basic biology and our actions can cause anxiety. As a result, spending time in nature is a way to channel positive energy into a weekly or daily routine with minimal effort.

Though centuries have passed, people aren’t so different from ancient humans. Our brains and bodies have remained largely the same. Yet, our day-to-day lives have changed drastically.

7. Yoga

Lastly, yoga is how to channel positive energy from negative emotions. This practice is neither exercise nor mediation. It’s known as a form of moving meditation. The best part about yoga is that it can be as intense or relaxing as a person wants it to be.

Different forms of yoga that may be suitable to shake off stress depending on the individual: 

  • Kundalini
  • Bikram
  • Vinyasa
  • Hatha
  • Yin
  • Ashtanga
  • Iyengar
  • Power
  • Aerial
  • Acro

Above is only a list of some of the most popular types of yoga; it’s not by any means exhaustive. Whenever someone feels overwhelmed by stress, that person should turn to yoga for productive anxiety. Yoga is all about mindfulness and controlled breathing. It can be done with a towel on the floor or up in the air through aerial yoga.

Older individuals who struggle with an anxiety disorder might want to consider yoga. It’s a slower form of this moving meditation where people may hold poses for up to five minutes. It also involves deep stretching. Yoga is a powerful tool against anxiety for any person, regardless of lifestyle and age.

We Teach How to Channel Positive Energy Through Productive Anxiety

Anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It pushes us to do things and places mental importance on what matters. However, sometimes it gets out of hand. Anxiety should only propel people to take action. It shouldn’t lead them to self-destruction. We can show you how to channel positive energy through productive anxiety with our trained staff. Contact us now to find out how we can help you work through anxiety and addiction!

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