Anxiety… a silent pest that preys on most everyone at some point in time. Some people are rarely effected by anxiety, where others are unable to live out normal and healthy lifestyles due to their levels of anxiety.
Millions of Americans have an anxiety disorder.
There are pharmaceutical drugs that can help maintain anxiety levels for those whose anxiety interferes with their day-to-day life, and others have found personal coping methods to reduce their anxiety.
Since so many people turn to CBD to aid their anxiety management, we’ve rounded up a bundle of methods to combat anxiety without a prescription or diagnosis, and you can start practicing these methods immediately!
Let’s get the relaxation started!
- Meditate or try yoga- Meditation trains your brain to control its thoughts more reasonably. It improves your breathing, core strength and flexibility as well.
- Tell someone you trust- When battling anxiety, it can be a lonely and scary experience. Don’t keep it to yourself! Educating someone you know and trust will help you grasp your anxieties. This person may have useful or relative insight into your anxieties, and once they know what you experience, they will be better equipped to help you in the future. It’s great to build deep and personal relationships with someone and this is a bonding experience for many.
- Don’t skip meals- Skipping meals creates imbalances in our bodies which regulate our anxiety, pain, pleasure etc..
- Moderate caffeine- Caffeine will stimulate your ‘fight or flight’ response which can make us more jittery and uneasy. The caffeine habit could be harmful to your anxiety levels. Try not to overdo the caffeine.
- Smile- The simple act of smiling makes us less depressed and anxious. While it may be forced, painting on smile more frequently trains our minds to feel happy thoughts. It also makes us look more approachable, releases dopamine, and causes less wrinkling on the skin on our face! 😛
- Write- Writing can be very relaxing, especially if its just for kicks and giggles. Write about whatever comes to mind, write about your anxieties, make up a story; basically anything to distract your mind from the anxiety at bay could help you wind down.
- Use CBD Oil- Yes of course! CBD helps regulate anxiety levels!
- Learn breathing techniques- Controlling your breath is like a Jedi tool. Our breath and breathing is extremely important for our well being.
- Play with animals- They’re cuddly, cute, and innocent (most of the time). The truth is that animals hold no judgements, no devious conscious, and they are loving friends that make us feel happy 🙂
- Massage your head- Improving circulation, relieving muscle pain and tension, and the stimulation of fingers or a brush etc on your head is very relaxing and can help us overcome our anxieties at very least temporarily.
- Learn to shift when things go wrong- We cannot control external forces. You can cannot control what other people do or why certain things happen. Understanding that the only thing you can control is your personal actions and reactions can help us to create healthy thought patterns and decision making. When sometime does go wrong, take a few moments to remind yourself that there was likely very little that you could have done to control that outcome. Accept what has happened, and make adjustments accordingly, as soon as possible. The quicker you can move on from whats happened, the quicker you’ll be back in action!
- Aromatherapy- By stimulating the smell receptors in your nose, they can send messages to your nervous system. They are also thought to have a subtle effect on the body’s chemical and energy systems. The most popular essential oils used from anxiety are lavender, bergamot, valerian, and chamomile.
- Exercise- According to Harvard Health Blog: Engaging in exercise diverts you from the very thing you are anxious about. Moving your body decreases muscle tension, lowering the body’s contribution to feeling anxious. Getting your heart rate up changes brain chemistry, increasing the availability of important anti-anxiety neurochemicals, including serotonin, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and endocannabinoids. Exercise activates frontal regions of the brain responsible for executive function, which helps control the amygdala, our reacting system to real or imagined threats to our survival. Exercising regularly builds up resources that bolster resilience against stormy emotions.
- Watch a comedy- While it may only temporarily help you overcome an anxiety, turning on something comical can help you come down from an anxiety attack or distract you from something you know isn’t anxiety worthy.
- Stick to a sleep schedule- Our bodies crave consistency. With regular daily activities, our various body systems are able to prepare for and anticipate events. We naturally become more alert closer to our wake-up time. Our digestive systems become activated in advance of regular meal times in order to more efficiently process food. We start to relax and become sleepy prior to bedtimes. It turns out that these regular daily events serve to anchor our underlying daily rhythms.
- Silent time- Secluding yourself to a silent ‘safe spot’ can help you sort out your thoughts and make decisions effectively.
- Have gratitude for whats going right- It’s important to remind ourselves of everything that is going good in our lives. It’s easy to get caught up in the bad, but ‘counting your blessings’ regularly helps with a positive and healthy outlook on life.
- Herbal Tea- Tea is a relaxing and ceremonious event. Make a tea routine that you can appreciate and go to when you’re feeling extra anxious.
- Get a 2nd opinion from someone you trust– If you’re having anxiety over a decision to be made, ask a friend! Talking to someone with an objective view (rather than subjective) will help you reason and rationalize. Knowing that you don’t have to face your anxieties alone, and other people can lighten your load can help you get past an anxiety.
- Don’t jump to conclusions- We tend to make up our minds too quickly at times. Acting too quickly on your decision and thoughts can create more chaos and anxiety in your life. Spending some extra time contemplating your options and choices may sound anxiety ridden, but if you can make better decisions and conclusions, it will help with anxiety in the long run.
Now that you’ve got some handy tools to face your anxiety, we hope that you can gain control this year and moving forward. Again anxiety disorders are experienced by millions of Americans, and we thing everyone deserves to have a less stressful life! May 2020 be your best year yet!