An alternative or off-beat treatment can often prove to be the answer for a chronic health issue. If you've never considered meditation or exercise for relief from anxiety, here's why you should give both a chance.

The many forms of anxiety

Anxiety—fear, nervousness or apprehension about the future—is a natural physiological response to stress. But when feelings persist without an obvious stressor, you could be experiencing an anxiety disorder and should seek medical advice. The many varieties of anxiety include: generalized, social, illness, panic and separation disorders, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It's possible to suffer from significant anxiety without meeting criteria for any single disorder. Symptoms differ from person to person and depend on the type of anxiety experienced. Similarly, treatments also differ, but typically involve a combination of medications and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and other therapies. Certain