biofeedback – I think it’s called neurofeedback now; I had it as a kid, along with guided meditation stuff.
I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder when I was 11. For me it was general worry; no specific phobias per se, just worry about everything; lots of little things, too many little things – and big things too.
After practicing “Breathing through my feet” and such without medicine for… what, 39 years now? It wasn’t a cure.
I still get panic attacks. I still get anxiety. It is always there, really.
HOWEVER, I have amassed a lot of coping mechanisms; little two second meditations (looking off into the distance for a moment), or little ways to center myself; always always seeking to return to my center as a little wobble can become full tilt quickly.
I could’ve – probably should’ve – medicated. But it’s possible to get SOME relief just using some tricks. Noticing your surroundings dispassionately. Narrating to yourself what you’re doing as you’re doing it. Putting things into a perspective of, “THIS IS NORMAL FOR YOU AND IT WILL PASS because it always does” helps.