There are no ifs, ands or buts — anxiety is quite prevalent in society today. Many things factor into why anxiety has our society in a tizzy. Everything from life not going how one assumes it’s supposed to all the way to clinical anxiety associated with trauma. There is no one trigger for anybody and there is no one type of anxiety for everyone.
This condition can sometimes be so severe that it can be coupled with depression and paralyze you with so much fear that you feel stagnant. While the condition can be treated using traditional methods like prescription medication.
There are also a few untraditional methods that have helped many people along the way. They can be coupled with the use of your medication and for some people, medication is not an option but natural and untraditional realms have done wonders for them. Here are a few ways to ease your everyday anxiety little by little.
15. Accept It
One of the best things that someone with anxiety can do is accept it. Anxiety is a condition that if you allow it to rule your life , it will. It has the power to control your everyday movements.
One of the ways that people begin to get over their anxiety is realizing that they have a form of anxiety then making the conscious decision to say, “okay, I have anxiety that’s only one part of me.”
It’s easy to feel like anxiety is something that is your whole life because it can be all consuming. However, don’t ever forget that you are living WITH anxiety not FOR anxiety. The faster you accept that anxiety is a part of you the easier it will be for you to find a method either traditional or untraditional that will help you.
Seriously, visualize something or somewhere positive. It’s always comforting to remember something that is comforting to you. Somewhere that holds good memories.
Even visualizing yourself accomplishing something that has been weighing on your mind or causing you stress. Studies show that when you envision something that is positive, your levels of stress fall; you are then able to ease your mind.
There is even a name for it: it’s called guided visualization. Picturing yourself being in control, calm and in a clear state of mind will do wonders for you. You may even find that you are stronger than you initially thought. Once you are able to visualize the positive side of things, everything else begins to fall into place.
Breathing techniques have been widely praised for helping people deal with their anxieties. In particular, deep-breathing has aided people with anxiety to control their flare ups. Breathing from your diaphragm — also known as belly-breathing — is a great technique and will only take up about 10-15 minutes of your day.
Sitting with your eyes closed, focus your mind on your breathing — in and out, and in and out. Resisting the temptation to follow your mind as it begins to go off-topic is key here. This technique is meant to keep you in the here and now.
Once you have mastered this technique, it’s a great way to remind yourself that you are only living in the present and not worry about the future or what you can’t control. Deep breathing has also proven to be great for gut health and getting you through those rough workouts, where you just feel like you want to give up.
12. Essential Oils
Within natural remedies, essential oils are believed to have great properties mainly lavender oil. It has been said to help reduce anxiety. There are several ways to incorporate the oil into your daily routine. A few drops in your bath water, some people sleep with it under their pillow, some people rub it on their temples which also helps with headaches.
It really should be called magic oil; it can be used for decongestion when used with a humidifier or oil diffuser. Some people even rub it on their body to help relax their muscles and ease spasms. If you aren’t into pills and taking all sorts of medication, essential oils may be something you will be interested in.
11. Eliminate Sugar
Eliminating sugar isn’t just great for your anxiety, it’s great for your overall health. Basically, anything with high fructose syrup, red dyes and an insane amount of caffeine should be a big no-no. In order for you to have a healthy mind, it helps to have a healthy body.
What you put into your body is what you get out of it and overdoing it on sugar, caffeine, and starches is really only harming you. Besides the instability you feel from being jacked up on sugars and caffeine really screws up your central nervous system. It also fills your mouth with cavities and stains.
After you eliminate sugars, you will start to notice some big changes. If your body is inflamed it will begin to repair itself. If you lack a good memory you will begin to notice a change. It isn’t just for anxiety; it will help with overall health.
Decluttering your personal space is one way to calm your nerves and decrease your anxiety. In fact, it could be one of the best ways for instant relief that does not involve spending money. It’s a great way to figure out how much crap you have that you don’t want.
Also, it’s a great opportunity to make money by selling all that stuff you don’t need. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Essentially, you are killing two birds with one stone; decluttering your mind as you declutter your physical space. You may even meet some new friends as you soak up the sun if you decide to have that garage sale.
9. See A Doctor
If you suffer from health anxiety you know that going to the doctor is like going to church; once a week, religiously. However, it is also comforting to see a physician that can get you the answer you need.
No, do not obsess about going to the doctor’s office. But if you truly feel like something is wrong instead of worrying, wondering and Google-searching, go see your family doctor. Get the all-clear. It can be an instant relief.
Maybe you don’t need a physician. Maybe you need a therapist. That’s okay too. Just make sure that for your sanity and peace of mind you get the exact help you need at that particular time.
8. Talk About It
People really underestimate the power of talk. Being open and honest with someone close to you is a great way for you to feel at ease. Having anxiety and keeping it as a secret is one of the hardest things to do. In fact, it sometimes ends up giving you way more anxiety, something new to be anxious about.
Talking about how your anxiety has affected you that day is like a weight off your shoulder. You would be surprised how many people will open up to you and share their experiences with different forms of anxiety once you are honest and comfortable talking about yours.
Scientifically, exercising is one of the best methods for dealing with anxiety and depression. However, on a non-science level, the way you feel after exercising is like magic. Okay, so you feel a little tired depending what muscles you worked out that day but you also feel accomplished.
Sometimes when you have a day where nothing is planned, it is easy to let your anxiety trick you into staying in bed all day. Try going to the gym instead or going for a nice brisk walk. You will feel so much better afterwards. It’s like an instant reward and it changes your mood so quickly.
6. Avoid Triggers
Avoiding triggers as much as you can is another way of preventing your anxiety to flair up. Based on the type of anxiety you experience, avoiding common mistakes and triggers is one way to ensure that you have the control over your condition.
Force yourself as much as possible to interact with other healthy-minded beings. Get outside, enjoy fresh air, live healthy through your food and your relationships. If you know that going to a certain place, listening to a certain song, watching a particular genre of television makes you feel some kind of way — drop it.
This is not to say you have to give it up altogether, but at least wait a while until you have control over your anxiety and slowly ease yourself back in.
5. Debunk Your Anxieties
Having anxiety can sometimes give you irrational fears depending on what type of anxiety you have — yes, there are several types. One of the things that can truly help is by facing your fears and tackling your anxiety head on. Meaning, proving to yourself that some of the things that make you anxious are not going to physically harm you.
No, we aren’t saying to go ahead and Google symptoms if you have health anxiety. Then figure out a way to channel those negative thoughts into something positive.
Okay so it sounds crazy getting in your head to get out of your head. However, studies have shown that meditation is great for both relaxing your physical state and your mental state. Not only does it challenge you to take control of your mind but it helps you reach a new level of clear mind that is both rewarding and relaxing.
Meditation can supposedly take you to new heights and the benefits that it has on your body is even better — so it’s kind of a win-win. Fortunately, it’s not as obscure as it used to be; you can use your devices to download some great apps that provide meditation tips for beginners.
3. Live In The Now
There is no sense in worrying about something that you can’t do anything about in the present moment. Truthfully, that’s a bold statement. It is hard to get out of your head but tell yourself that there is no solution at this point in time. Better yet, making a plan to “look into it” helps to ease the pressure you can sometime feel.
Living in the now is a technique that can take a few months to perfect but it is worth it. It’s probably one of the best techniques you can learn. With or without anxiety its helpful to everyone.
2. Read A Book
Reading is a very underrated tactic that can be used to ease your anxiety. Again, it’s all about getting out of your head. Getting lost in a book is a great way to do so.
Getting lost in a great book is a way to keep your mind distracted. It’s obviously not a permanent solution but it can work for however long you need it to. A few hours of uninterrupted focus on something other than your anxious thoughts can have a powerful effect on your life.
1. Get An Animal
The power of a furry friend is unreal. Having a companion can put your mind at ease almost instantaneously. It’s like you always have a friend. Someone to cuddle, go on those long, fresh air walks with; someone who can help you feel safe.
The upkeep a dog requires that you have almost no time to be in your head. So maybe it’s a selfish reason to acquire a pet. However, they are so loving and loyal that it is almost impossible to not fall in love. You just want to give them everything you have in you.