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Coping with anxiety

We all deal with stress in different ways and it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious and worried in certain situations, for instance before an exam or getting on a plane. But when these anxious feelings happen all, or most of, the time you may be suffering from a generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). People dealing with anxiety will often experience restlessness, irritability, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating and sleep problems. They excessively worry about everyday life, their health, work or relationships. If a person isn’t coping with anxiety, they may turn to alcohol, recreational drugs or antidepressants to escape these uncomfortable feelings.

Anxiety and addiction often go hand in hand. A person may try to self-medicate to help them overcome anxious emotions, cope with stressful events or avoid panic attacks. On the other hand, certain addictive drugs that alter the pleasure receptors in the brain can also cause anxiety, such as cocaine, amphetamine, hallucinogens and painkillers. The holistic therapists at Delamere can help you get on top of your anxiety no matter what the cause. We are here to listen and support you in a comfortable, non-judgemental environment. You can talk in confidence during one-to-one therapy sessions and get help with alcohol addiction, drug addiction and other addictive behaviours that negatively impact your life.

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Six ways to deal with anxiety

Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs isn’t a healthy or sustainable way to overcome anxious feelings. Instead, Delamere uses a range of therapeutic tools, one-to-one sessions and somatic healing experiences to help you work through the source of your problems and learn how to start coping with anxiety.

Meditation for anxiety

People sometimes say you need to ‘get out of your own head’ to cope with anxiety and guided meditation is a simple method of quietening your inner thoughts. This is because meditation can control the areas of the brain that play a major role in anxiety and stress. Scientific studies show 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation can be as beneficial as antidepressants on the anxious brain. (1)

Breathwork for anxiety

Deep, diaphragmatic breathing has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. When we’re stressed, our breathing usually quickens and gets shallower. By taking slow, controlled breaths we can temper the part of the nervous system that controls the fight or flight response and help our body to physically relax. At Delamere, breathwork is one of the disruptive tools we use to help our guests conquer anxiety and any associated addiction. In particular, holotropic® breathwork is used to mimic a hallucinogenic state and allow deep healing to take place.

Grounding techniques for anxiety

Using a combination of different physical and mental techniques can help you quash unwanted emotions or negative thoughts. Whether it’s reciting a poem or playing a mind game, there are a number of grounding techniques that are useful for coping with anxiety or panic attacks. Focusing on something very specific for a short period of time can help you snap out of a negative mindset and switch your brain back to being calm and rational.

Exercising for anxiety

Exercise can help improve mental health by releasing feelgood chemicals in the brain called endorphins and controlling the region of the brain that deals with perceived threat. A recent meta-analysis found that people with anxiety disorders who reported high-level physical activity were better protected against developing anxiety symptoms than those who reported low physical activity. (2) At Delamere, we encourage guests to take part in regular exercise, from walks in our beautiful forest to yoga and dance.

Journaling to reduce anxiety

Writing a daily journal is an important part of coping with anxiety. It can help you to process your thoughts and emotions and reduce stressful feelings. At Delamere, we actively encourage regular journaling throughout your rehab programme to help you regain control and improve your overall mental health. Guests are asked to complete a range of written assignments to help them explore the reason for their anxiety and inform their future-proof care plan.

Talking to others about anxiety

It can really help to talk to other people who are also coping with anxiety and depression. One-to-one counselling, or psychotherapy, is a type of talking therapy that allows you to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours to understand what triggers your anxiety and try to develop coping strategies. All guests at Delamere have a dedicated focal therapist from the start of their journey and will also take place in regular group therapy sessions to connect with others experiencing similar challenges.

The Delamere approach to coping with anxiety

At Delamere, we have a very unique approach to therapy. Instead of just treating the symptoms of anxiety, we help our guests to identify the cause and heal, so they don’t turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. We ensure every guest feels safe and comfortable in relaxed surroundings before embarking on our three-step treatment model that has been specially designed using the latest research. Once we know the origin of your anxiety, we can help you to grow your mindset and regain control.

The ways to deal with anxiety suggested earlier are all incorporated into our Stop, Start, Grow rehab programmes. Where each guest will have a chance to overcome anxious emotions through a range of one-to-one/group therapy sessions and somatic healing experiences including breathwork, meditation, massage, grounding techniques, dance, equine and art therapy. With the right tools in place you will leave our retreat with 12 months of aftercare to support you in every area of your life.

Stop. Start. Grow

Our Stop Start Grow model is a refreshing approach to treatment and is what makes recovery at Delamere different. Our goal is always to give you the mindset and tools to grow beyond addiction and live life on your terms once you leave us.


Settle into your new environment
and remove yourself from
any distractions

A day at Delamere


Spend time with our therapists to discover what led you to this behaviour in the first place

Delamere treatment model


Set healthy boundaries,
exciting new goals and prepare for
life after Delamere



Practice using the tools
while staying anchored to support.
Bring Recovery Home.

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This page has been reviewed by Dr Catherine Carney, Delamere’s psychiatrist
This page has been reviewed by Mike Delaney, Clinical Director at Delamere

Our core elements of treatment

We believe that anxiety – whether stemming from internal or external stresses or past trauma – stems from somewhere. Rather than adhering to the conventional step-based programmes, we look at underlying factors that drive your behaviour. Only by recognising how you arrived at this point can you begin to positively shape your future.


Stopping the cycle of anxiety and addiction safely and comfortably


Healing whatever
pain is causing
the behaviour


Instilling tools to help facilitate change and encourage continued growth

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