Natural Lifestyle Choices To Ease Anxiety

Most people will experience feelings of anxiety at some stage, and often will naturally move past them. But what do you do when the feeling doesn't leave? Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease and will typically arise when one passes through an intense period in their life, where the demand of that situation is so intense and prolonged that it builds up, forming a stress response in the body at which point will give waves of fear, dread, shortness in breath, knot in the stomach, chest pain, or dry mouth. The problem is, the lifestyles we lead have become so hectic that our nervous systems interpret many stressful situations as "life and death" even when our problems aren't that big. For instance, sitting in our expensive car, running late for a meeting where we have to give a presentation. And our nervous systems are facing more pressure and have less ability to cope with the demands, SO the intensity of daily events becomes magnified and our stress responses increase, and over time, it expands to the point of feeling overwhelmed, and we remain in flight or fight mode for long periods. Overcoming anxiety is possible, but there is no quick fix. Check in with your life and see where you can make some shifts to bring more calm back into your life. Give a holistic approach to wellness. I've created a list of tips that can help to ease your anxiety.

+ Go to bed early.
Get enough sleep. Take time away from bright lights and mobile devices and hour before bed to help improve the quality of your sleep. And while you're at it, try to wake up early. Enjoy the birds singing and the sun shining through the windows. Take it all in. It will feel good.

+ Meditate daily.
This has been known to help many in combating anxiety. Meditation helps to bring your attention back to present. If you're unsure how to meditate, start by sitting quietly, eyes closed, and focused on your breath. Take slow deep breaths in and out. The idea isn't so much about freeing your thoughts, but rather, observing them. You don't need to sit cross-legged on the floor, just find a comfortable seat and dedicate yourself to your breathing.

+ Leave work at work.
I'm big on this. I never discuss work when I'm at home, I don't even think about work. I don't really have a way to check work emails at home, but if I did, I still never would. It's important to set boundaries for yourself so that home is truly your place for relaxing.

+ Get into nature.
Being outside can do so much for your health. Getting your daily dose of Vitamin D and good 'ol Mother Nature can do wonders. Even in larger cities, parks, riverbanks, and beaches are still possible to find.

+ Cut back on caffeine.
While we love our coffee, it's important to understand that caffeine forms an adrenaline response in the body that's similar to that made during the times of adrenaline. When you're feeling more anxious, limit your coffee, green and black tea, chocolate and other caffeinated food/drink intake. See if you notice a difference. You'll feel more calm and less jittery.

+ Buy/pick fresh flowers.
In my opinion, keeping fresh flowers around the house gives off a happy feeling. Whether it be flowers you bought from the market, flowers you picked from the garden, or even a potted plant, it's been known to boost moods.

+ Eat the rainbow.
I'm sure we can all agree that vegetables and fruits are the foundation of a health diet. A simple rule of them when it comes to them? Eat all of them. You only get one body, take care of it and feed it based on the way you expect it to form. The more color on your plate, the better.

+ Create lists.
And not just any list. Write down the things you are thankful for. List everything you have in life to be happy about, and don't just list them in your head. Physically write everything down. You'll be surprised at how good this makes you feel.

+ Bath and lavender oil.
Take  warm bath and add some lavender essential oil. If you're suffering from anxiety, lavender oil as well as bergamot oil is great for pacifying your nervous system.

+ Go for a run.
To be quite frank, I'm not a big fan of running. HOWEVER, I have noticed that it does help with stress and anxiety. Dissolving the tension, regulating your breath, and calming your mind.

+ Tap into your creativity.
Anxiety can fuel our imagination in positive ways. Whether it be drawing, painting, or cooking, make the most of it and channel that energy into something productive.

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