Anxiety is our body’s way of increasing our alertness and focus – particularly when we are faced with important events or situations that might be deemed threatening. Anxiety can become a major problem, particularly when it becomes triggered by the slightest thing, something that can become a permanent feature for most people.
When this happens, anxiety often becomes a disorder and can have a debilitating effect on a person’s life. They are likely to feel tense, always seem to be anticipating the worst, are unable to function effectively especially in social events, and are constantly feeling “off’ even when everything seems to be going well.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Common symptoms of anxiety are fear, panic, worry and unease. Although these emotions are natural, they can develop into an anxiety disorder if they occur frequently. Many patients suffering from anxiety often experience the following; intense feelings of fear and/or panic, have difficulty concentrating on tasks, experience feelings of impending doom while others around them seem to be getting on with their lives.
What causes anxiety?
Anxiety can be caused by several factors and is typically a combination of genetics and environmental factors. What’s more, anxiety disorders can develop with or precipitate other mental health disorders such as depression and substance abuse. It’s important to spot the signs of anxiety disorder and seek treatment before the condition deteriorates any further.
Common symptoms of anxiety disorders include (but are not limited to):
- Rapid heartbeat
- Upset stomach – nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
- Clammy skin
- Rapid breathing or holding breath
- Trembling or shaking
- Tension headaches
- Intense feelings of fear and panic
- Feelings of impending doom
- Feelings of being detached from the outside world (dissociation)
- Poor concentration and attention
How do we treat anxiety at Les Mariannes Wellness Sanctuary?
At Les Mariannes, our trained professionals will talk to you and develop an understanding of what might have caused your anxiety in the first place. We will also work towards an accurate diagnosis and will ascertain whether there might be other underlying disorders (such as a depressive disorder) that might be contributing to the anxiety.
Our founder Dr Siddick, has over 35 years experience in treating patients with a wide range of anxiety disorders and other stress-related conditions. Dr Siddick has developed very effective treatments based on an integrative medicinal approach using a blend of oriental therapies combined with the best western medicine.
At Les Mariannes, we offer specific medications to our clients to help them with their anxiety. We also deliver our 360 holistic wellness approach to help you relax, disconnect from any troubling thoughts which will help you to regain a peaceful mind using yoga and meditation practice.
Daily yoga and meditation classes will be available to you which will help to transform your wellbeing in a very short space of time. We also ensure that each of our guests learns simple techniques that they can keep practising once they are home.
The following activities will help to rebuild a balanced mind and a relaxed body. With counselling such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), you will eventually overcome any issues that might be fuelling your anxiety. This is our guarantee to you
- Massage therapy
- Mild exercise
- Group outings
Yoga and breathing exercises have the power to calm an anxious mind within minutes. These gentle exercises are also renowned for restoring balance and encouraging mindfulness all of which will provide relief to those who are anxious allowing them to experience peace and tranquillity. Our team at Les Mariannes use acupuncture to calm the “shen” or spirit, and Tuina massage has been known to get the most anxious patients to relax – some have even been known to fall asleep on the treatment table!
Most importantly for long term management of anxiety, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), is most helpful, together with explorative psychotherapy sessions which help to defuse any underlying emotional trauma that might be stored within the mind. Anxiety, if left untreated, can progress into burnout, depressive illness and lead an anxious person to seek relief by drinking alcohol and experimenting with illicit drugs to feel better.
Our inpatient anxiety treatment program uses combined medical and holistic therapies to eliminate anxiety
At Les Mariannes, we adopt a 360 degree integrated approach when treating specific forms of anxiety. Since every patient has an individual genetic package and unique life experiences, we tailor-make every step of the treatment program.
You will find that over 80% of our therapies are delivered one-on-one. We use the best from Western medicine and apply these techniques in conjunction with proven, effective holistic therapies that work to eliminate anxiety disorder and stabilize you from future recurrences once you return home.
These therapies include yoga, reiki, meditation, mindfulness, reflexology and acupuncture.
The treatment and care provided at our facility are second to none. We offer luxurious guest rooms, round the clock medical and guest support and a range of therapeutic facilities such as massage rooms, walking trails, pool and spa, and much more.
We don’t cut corners or operate under a “profit first” business model. We only permit 20 patients at a time which keeps the environment as private as possible, allowing you to focus on your recovery from anxiety.
What cause Anxiety?
Research shows that many factors can increase the chances of a person developing anxiety.
Genetics play a big part in anxiety as it determines a person’s personality type and also their resistance to stress. If there are genetic traits of anxiety in someone’s parents and grandparents, they are likely to be more susceptible to anxiety themselves.
Experiencing traumatic events at a young age may also increase the chances of someone developing anxiety as trauma generally reduces the ability to manage stress effectively.
Environmental factors can also play an important role when dealing with anxiety. An individual’s upbringing and exposure to family conflict and at an early age will predispose a child to anxiety as they develop into adulthood.
These environmental factors include:
- Study environment
- Financial difficulties
Physical or Mental Health Problems
When someone suffers from physical or mental health problems – they may also suffer from anxiety, and conditions such as cancer and depression are also known to be a contributory factor.
WHat can be done to reduce anxiety?
If you (or someone you know) is suffering from an anxiety disorder, you must seek help from a professional. At Les Mariannes Wellness Sanctuary, our founder and clinical director Dr Siddick, will treat you with a unique combination of medical and holistic therapies. Below are some practical steps that can help you to reduce your anxiety symptoms:
1. Avoid taking drugs and alcohol
2. Make sure you get enough sleep at night
3. Practice physical exercise regularly
4. Try to avoid stressful situations
5. Allow yourself time to relax