Natural Ways To Calm Everyday Anxiety

 

Anxiety is something many of us deal with on a daily basis. However, there are individuals who are incapacitated with constant thoughts of anxiety; so much that the daily activities of life are impacted. These people cannot find peace of mind and need to actively try and get their anxiety controlled.

 

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Are there any ways to calm anxiety? 

 

There are a number of treatments for anxiety disorders, including different kinds of therapies and medications. Depending on the patient’s condition and on their personal preferences, they may receive one of these treatments, both of these treatments, or neither of them.

Some people who suffer from anxiety disorders avoid seeking treatment or avoid seeking medication because they are afraid of what kind of impact the medications will have on them.

While starting a new medication can be scary, knowing more about common medications for anxiety disorders may help those suffering from anxiety disorders to make more informed decisions about their treatment or about whether or not to pursue treatment.

Speak with your health care professional if you think you might have anxiety. While medication is available to help with anxiety, it should not be the only line of treatment you seek out.

Let’s explore a few other options to more natural ways to calm the anxiety;

 

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Meditate

 

Meditation should be the core of a natural strategy to manage anxiety since it helps to ground your irrational fears. While we all have an apprehension of the future, meditation helps us to take each moment at a time.

The goal of meditation is not to block out negative emotions, but help us learn to not linger on them. Get started first thing tomorrow morning – just sit peacefully for 5 minutes at the beginning of your day, let thoughts enter your mind freely, but do not let them linger.

The end goal is to have control over your thoughts and not letting them negatively ruin your day.

Related Post: How to Use Gratitude Meditations to Boost your Spirit

 

Get Enough Sleep At Night

 

Lack of sleep causes your brain to go haywire, playing all sorts of tricks on you and decreasing your emotional tolerance as a whole. You may find that following even just one night of sleep loss your performance will decrease, and you will be prone to anger and agitation.

Strive for a minimum of 7 hours nightly to keep your brain chemistry on point. Meditation just before bedtime is a great idea. It gets your mind ready for peaceful sleep and even helps you feel better the next morning.

 

Exercise

 

Exercise is one of the best medicines we have at our disposal, as there are few things that are comparable to the range of health benefits it offers. Exercise, similar to sleep, helps to naturally manage anxiety and depression, by increasing levels of feel good and stress-busting chemicals known as endorphins.

Anxiety if partially worsened by high levels of adrenalin, and even though exercise does temporarily increase these levels, the endorphins temper its effects and leave your mood on a high for hours afterwards.

If you are not a big fan of the gym, try a 15 to 20 min walk, do a Yoga class in your living room, go for a bike ride to explore the neighbourhood. The point is to get the body moving.

 

Eat Dark Chocolate

 

Dark chocolate has numerous benefits on health and is not your typical sugar-laden variety. Dark chocolate is particularly effective in reducing the impact that the stress hormone cortisol has on our body, including precipitating anxiety.

Its mode of action of unique, as it relays relaxation from the stomach to the brain. Similar to the way that you feel the nervousness in your stomach, a never named the vagus can be exploited for soothing anxiety too.

 

Try To Get Sunlight Daily

 

People in colder climates have been observed to develop a condition known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder), which comes on during the winter months when sun exposure is limited.

Symptoms of SAD include depression, irritability and increased anxiety, all of which resolve upon exposure to sunlight. If you do live in such a climate and are unable to get exposure to the sun when winter comes, artificial light therapy also helps improve symptoms.

 

Consume More Omega-3 Fats

 

Omega-3 fatty acids are strong anti-oxidants and may help to stem the cause of your anxiety. Typically, the two hormones that are elevated are cortisol and adrenalin, both of which respond negatively to the influence of oxidation.

Omega-3 fats combat excessive oxidation and are anti-inflammatory, helping boost production of serotonin and dopamine, and helping keep your anxiety response normal.

 

Don’t forget the Vitamin D3

 

Deficiency in vitamin D3 has been linked with anxiety, depression, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). 

The body makes its own vitamin D as a response to sunlight exposure, and it is also found in eggs and fatty fish. It is also important for immune function, bone health, and heart health, along with protecting against cancer. 

 

Start Journaling

 

Journaling is a very therapeutic exercise and the consistent practice of it has been shown to help calm the mind, get rid of negative thoughts, decompress from the daily stresses and work through my anxious feelings to start focusing on what’s important: Live a better, calmer life.

Journaling is a process, it gets better the more you do it. It’s for anyone that can write, and it offers many benefits to your mental health.

Related Post: How I use Journaling to Overcome Anxiety

 

Takeaway

 

Anxiety is exhausting, and coping with it is a never-ending learning process. Don’t get discouraged!

Finding the root of anxiety is the first step in overcoming it. How else can you truly recover from something if you don’t know what is truly causing it? These exercises are something you can repeat as often as you want and the more you do it, the better you get at it and you will soon realize we can train ourselves to feel better and live better, one day at a time. 

How about you? What techniques do you use to calm your everyday anxiety?

Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about it!

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