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can meditation music lower stress, anxiety and the symptoms of depression?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 20 years experience
Yes: Meditation is a great way to de-stress and cope with our chaotic lives. Exercise is also a great way to cope with stress. Find a type of exercise that you enjoy, so the exercise itself doesn't become a chore.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What can I do about my anxiety attacks all day at work?

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Maybe: Anxiety can be treated with medications for daily feelings with paxil, buspar, (buspirone) or if needed with like xanax if only occasionally. Natural remedies are vitamin d, holy basil, calm's forte, hypnosis, acupuncture, and getting your thyroid and adrenal hormones checked since they are also linked to anxiety.

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