Whether you’ have an anxiety disorder, or just suffer from occasional bouts of worrying, anxiety isn’t always easy to deal. It can cause you to lock up, unable to make proper decisions. It’s also commonly associated with stress as well as long-term health. Thus, it’s essential to be able to find ways to manage your anxiety.
If you do have an anxiety disorder, it’s best to seek out professional health. However, here are some natural ways that can supplement the help you get from a doctor.
A Cup of Tea
Even if you’re a coffee lover like me, it is best that you avoid the old cup o’ joe when you’re anxious. Opt for tea instead. Chamomile tea is said to have compounds that act similarly to ingredients in Valium. Herbal teas such as valerian and passionflower are also a common choice in treating anxiety. While it may not address anxiety disorders entirely, it does help manage the symptoms that come with it.
Essential oils are a popular trend in well-being nowadays – and for a good reason. They aid in relaxation and stress-management. Essential oils can be used topically by massaging them into your skin. They can also be used with an oil burner for you to inhale its scent. For an added kick, take a nice warm bath. Add in a few drops of essential oil and let yourself unwind.
If you’re new to essential oils, grab a bottle of lavender, Roman chamomile and rose. These are three of the best essential oils to help calm your nerves.
“What is required is that the person finds the scent pleasant and associates it with an emotional state that they wish to be invoked, such as relaxation or invigoration,” said Pamela Dalton, PhD.
A lot of us try to avoid it, but physical activity is essential to staying healthy. It even helps our mental health and brain. Exercising on a regular basis has been linked to lessened risk of depression and anxiety. It also aids in boosting self-esteem and staying healthy over-all.
You don’t have to work out like an athlete. Find the right exercise regimen for you. Activities such as running, yoga, and even dancing can have significant impacts on your health. Exercise gets your blood flowing, and your brain releases those right chemicals that help you calm down.
“Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s ‘feel-good hormones,’ that can calm the mind and relax the body,” clinical psychologist Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP said.
An unhealthy diet could be contributing to your worries. Being deficient in essential vitamins and minerals leave you feeling stressed, tired and cranky. These feelings will further put you at risk of suffering from anxiety. We’re not asking you to become a health buff and nutritionist. You just have to eat the right amount of the right type of food, at the right time.
Look at your long-term diet as well as the food you find yourself snacking. When you’re anxious, it may be because of your blood sugar levels going down. Grab some healthy sugar such as fruits or even dark chocolate.
In Japan, shinrin-yoku translates to “forest bath.” Shinrin-yoku is just taking a walk in the woods. The Japanese believe in the healing abilities of nature. Taking in the beauty and serenity of the forest can help calm nerves. It’s about taking a break from the hustle and bustle of a noisy city or town and taking some time off for yourself and nature to reconnect.
“If you can have the experience of being in the moment for two or three days, it seems to produce a difference in qualitative thinking,” said David Strayer, PhD.
So put down your phone, take your mind off your worries and take a deep breath of fresh air through the trees. Allow some private time between you and nature.