5 Physical Ways to Overcome Anxiety

Published on
May 16, 2023

Scott Bakken
Entrepreneur & Photographer
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Scott Bakken

Overcoming anxiety can be a challenging journey, but I've come to realize that with the right support and resources, it is possible to regain control of your life. In my pursuit to conquer anxiety, I recognized the need to approach it from various angles. Our bodies and minds are complex, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Alongside educating myself and accessing resources to train my nervous system, I also acknowledged the importance of addressing my physical well-being.


With the invaluable coverage provided by my Alberta Blue Cross benefits, I was able to access the necessary tools and assistance to confront my anxiety directly. Alongside the educational resources and guidance, I received invaluable aid from skilled practitioners and experts who played a significant role in my journey towards toward overcoming anxiety.


Here are five things I did in working towards overcoming and managing my anxiety:

Therapy: Rewiring My Mind for Clarity and Wellness

Empowering My Mind, One Thought at a Time

Therapy has been a lifeline in helping me retraining my brain to combat negative thoughts, health anxiety, and fear. Through meaningful conversations and counseling sessions with a registered psychologist, I have been able to develop new thought patterns and empower myself to cultivate a clearer and healthier mind. Learning powerful techniques to challenge negative thoughts and gaining a deeper understanding of my health, anxiety, and fears have revealed my inner strength and resilience.

Moraine Lake. Photo by Garrett King.


Massage, Physio, and Acupuncture: Soothing My Body and Mind

Restoring Balance, One Therapeutic Touch at a Time

Massage, physiotherapy, and acupuncture have played a pivotal role in soothing my nerves and alleviating the physical manifestations of anxiety. These therapeutic treatments have effectively relieved muscle tension and promoted relaxation within my nervous system. By addressing the impact of anxiety on my body, I have found solace and rejuvenation through these powerful healing modalities.


Naturopathic Doctor: Nurturing My Body, Fueling  My Strength

Fueling My Body for Optimal Resilience

Visiting a naturopathic doctor has been a transformative experience on my anxiety journey. Exploring aspects such as diet, nutrition, and blood work, I gained valuable insights into nourishing my body and promoting its overall strength. This holistic approach has empowered me to make informed choices about what I consume, giving my body the support it needs to face each day with renewed vigor.

Medication: Embracing Holistic Mental Health Care

Breaking the Stigma: Medication as a Tool for Healing

In my holistic approach to managing anxiety, I have embraced the use of antidepressants as a crucial part of my treatment. Despite the stigma surrounding medication, I firmly believe in approaching mental health from all angles. This step has helped restore balance within me, enabling me to navigate the challenges of anxiety more effectively. Seeking the support and assistance we need, including medication, should be embraced without shame as it allows us to lead healthier, happier lives.


Self-Care: Nurturing My Soul, Embracing Serenity

Cultivating Inner Harmony, One Self-Care Ritual at a Time

Daily exercise, invigorating walks, spending time with friends over coffee, and the practice of meditation have become essential components of my self-care routine. Engaging in these activities has allowed me to release positive endorphins, effectively combating anxiety and fostering a profound sense of well-being. Through consistent self-care, I have discovered the inherent strength within me to overcome anxiety and create a more balanced, fulfilling life.


As I reflect upon my personal journey of overcoming anxiety, I am immensely grateful for the support and benefits provided by Alberta Blue Cross. If you're interested in learning more about accessing benefits for yourself, your family, or your business, I encourage you to explore the resources available here.( provide link)  Remember, you don't have to face anxiety alone—there is support out there to help you on your own journey of healing and empowerment.

Moraine Lake, Alberta. Photo by Garrett King.


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