I Tried Alternative Therapies to Treat My Anxiety

Alternative therapies are no longer a way for yoga pants wearing yuppies to throw expendable cash at their discontent. They’re getting trendier, sleeker and more acceptable as spirituality and wellness become a normal part of everyday life.

VICE UK’s Hannah Ewens has watched the rise of these treatments and having spent thousands on talking therapy over the years, decides to investigate whether they have worth for those who want to manage their mental health and wellbeing. Finding that all of them are close to her house, she goes to get gonged into peace of mind by sound therapist Louise Shiels and float away in an isolation tank at Floatworks. She later deep breathes into any bodily-held trauma and anxiety at Breath Pod and visits Rachel Welford to learn how to tap away fears with Emotional Freedom Technique.

Are any of these alternative therapies worth our time and money? Could they be a viable option for shifting our low-level anxiety and boosting our poor wellbeing? Or are they all overpriced fads?

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44 Comments

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    The bells and rattling sound gave me anxiety. Napping helps me with my anxiety

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  6. Evan Owen on April 7, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    I quit coffee and my anxiety went away, I got nothing done either, I just sat around in a state of bliss, now I drink one big cup of coffee a day in the morning and get things done, but I avoid that second cup because that is too much and does cause too much anxiety and also insomnia.

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  10. Rachel ___________ on April 7, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Weird stuff makes people feel normal.

  11. Peyton Van Lone on April 7, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    The girl seemed quite close minded for someone trying alternative methods of anxiety relief.

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  14. Barrie Smart on April 7, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Sensory Deprivation tanks are epic!

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    snake oil became RELIGION of crackpots. We need to let natural selection take over and take away the vote from mental patients

  16. Tatiana G on April 7, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    why did she wear makeup in a deprivation tank……

  17. Michael H on April 7, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    They dont have studied or have a degree. They are not therapist, only vodoo wanna be’s. Because if people like that had been studying anything they would have realised, that all is just made up. Same thing with the flat earth retards. Its called Dunning- Kruger Effect. And lets stop using the word "Alternative" for bullshit. Made up shit and fake news, no no no alternative, – science, therapie, news, medications. How about we call things again what they are? Vice please stop using the word like that. And stop giving scammers like that a stage. They should only be called out not taken seriously.

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  19. Dhananjay Dongre on April 7, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Why don’t you listen to mantra chanting to relieve your anxiety.I can chant hindu mantras & you listen.Not more than fifteen minutes.It can be done on mobile.
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    Watching her gave me anxiety

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  27. Latisha on April 7, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    All the sounds in the sound therapy gave me more anxiety…a random person touching and screaming at me also wouldn’t help when I’m feeling anxious…seem like horrible ideas.

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    Of course her eyes hurt she is floating in salty water with a tonne of eyemakeup on – what did she expect??

  37. Sara Rossi on April 7, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Do you know how to cure anxiety? I tell you, the cure must be sought within us, in our nature, anxiety is one of the great diseases of the 21st century, this is because we live in a world that does not belong to us, we are not made for capitalism, the dictatorship of money, appearance, social media, etc. our true nature is to be free. In Italy there is a village called Nomadelfia where you live without money, or Marinaleda in Spain, the Amish in America, and many other communities. You can live without money and stress, just learn and follow from those who have already done it. Search youtube.

  38. will moon on April 7, 2021 at 6:29 pm

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  42. Pieces of April Rose on April 7, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    That second therapy GAVE me anxiety lol

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