Every day we lead busy, fast-paced lives which can lead to stress and anxiety. Whether it’s because of a meeting with your boss at work, exams at school, or something else, anxiety is caused by something that may be new and impactful in your life, making you extremely nervous. Here are 10 natural ways to treat anxiety.
Time Management & Routine
With anxiety you can tend to feel rushed and that you may not have enough time to complete a task. Setting a routine gives you a clear plan, so you can be prepared for what’s ahead and not feel as nervous.
Herbal teas are a wonderful and all-natural way to help calm your anxiety.
Chamomile is known to be a natural relaxant, reducing stress, and helping with insomnia, which can make you feel more well-rested and better prepared for your day.
Peppermint tea is a great way to feel more refreshed and relaxed, it can help soothe the migraines and headaches you may have due to stress. It can also improve your sleep, give you more energy, and greatly improve your concentration. Therefore it is an effective way to help lower your anxiety.
Although lemon balm has a pop of exciting citrus flavor, it’s actually a very calming and soothing herbal tea, with great relaxing effects. It also improves brain function and has a faster absorption rate which can help you feel calmer a little sooner.
The comforting passionflower is known to be very rich in antioxidants, which can help subdue the nervous system. It also can help lower blood pressure which can also help calm you down when you are feeling stressed before, during, or after a long day.
Believe it or not, comforting clothing can treat your anxiety. Usually, after a long day, the first thing we tend to get rid of when we walk through the door into our home, are the things that make us uncomfortable. This could be those hair accessories holding our hair up, it could be those tight shoes, or constricting clothing such as ties, etc. Giving your self extra room to breathe, and move freely can give you a great sense of relaxation, it can also help you concentrate even more without having to get distracted by clothing.
Hot Baths & Showers
Hot baths and showers can lower stress by a lot, it helps relieve sore, aching muscles and built-up tension which is caused by stress throughout the day. The steam from the hot water can increase your lung capacity and improve blood circulation, having an effective way of clearing your mind. It can also help you think and daydream putting you in a more relaxing environment.
Taking a break to refresh your mind and to write down your thoughts for the day, is a soothing method to reflect and think. It motivates you to think of more ideas and to become more creative, thus helping you become more productive.
Getting a good amount of quality sleep can also lower your anxiety throughout the day and can prevent you from worrying at night. These are great natural ways to help you have a great night’s sleep.
When sleeping, setting your thermostat to a cooler temperature can prevent you from becoming too hot and frustrated, to the point where you can’t go back to sleep. Thus assisting you to have an uninterrupted slumber.
Having essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus promote a night of good sleep. You can use a humidifier to help spread the scent of the oils consistently through your room all night.
Having a body pillow is a great way to have a good night’s sleep, hugging a body pillow gives a great sense of comfort relaxing the nervous system.
Eating Healthy Foods
Foods that are processed and contain high levels of salt, sugar, preservatives and other artificial ingredients may tend to cause mood swings. It can also cause health issues, which can make you feel sluggish and under the weather. Eating more natural, healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and proteins are more likely to help you feel more balanced and full of more energy to keep you going throughout your day.
Caffeine makes you very energetic, and can also make you feel jittery and nervous. Keep a careful look at what you might be drinking, if you find yourself drinking sodas, coffee, or alcohol try to taper off, it could be something causing your anxiety. Drinking fluids such as water, or something containing electrolytes, can keep your body healthy and hydrated as well as giving you a boost of energy.
Although smoking is a method some people use to help themselves calm down, it could be one of the main factors causing their anxiety. One of the most effective ingredients in cigarettes is nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical that can cause stress and anxiety when ever smokers feel nervous, it’s actually because their body is going through withdrawal symptoms.
Here are some other methods besides smoking to help you stay calm.
As noted before, peppermint is a great stress reliever, combined with gum it is a perfect way to reduce anxiety and stay refreshed.
Having a healthy snack can also take your mind off of smoking, and can replenish your energy for the rest of the day.
Deep Breathing and Exercise
Deep breathing is something that is extremely helpful in reducing and lowering anxiety. The most calming forms of meditation and exercise such as Yoga, Pilates, etc require deep breathing to help lower your heart rate and allow oxygen to flow to your brain. Even if you do not know the most advanced methods of Yoga or Pilates, taking a simple stretch or going for a run will help take your mind off of things.
Pets and animals also can reduce your stress, people who have a fear of flying tend to have a comfort dog or other animals as well. Taking your pet to tag along with you for a walk or run, is a sure way to settle down and have some fun.
Anxiety is a powerful feeling, but with these tips, you can be even more powerful. Making sure you have a routine, watching your intake of unhealthy foods and drinks, reducing and quitting smoking, going to bed on time, taking deep relaxing baths, as well jotting down memories, sipping some herbal tea in a comfy sweater, are all 10 amazing ways to treat your anxiety and to help you enjoy your life stress free. And remember, give yourself credit, it’s a busy world out there.