Over the past year I like many of you have experienced levels of stress and anxiety that I did not know existed at least within me. I always felt I could deal with just about anything the world had to dish out but my world was prettily wrapped in my own bubble. Today we all are bombarded with too many stories of injustices, too many visuals of brutality and a extreme levels of hatefulness directed at us because of our skin or ethnicity. It is absolutely crazy in 2018.
Dealing with anxiety should become an active game plan we implement into our daily if not thrice weekly routines. Dealing with anxiety naturally is not difficult it just requires us to understand that the stresses of the world and our day to days are negatively colliding and our mind and body needs to hit the refresh button. It must be noted that if the feelings of hopelessness, stress, and continuous panic attacks, (shallow breathing, rapid beating of the heart and ongoing distress) become extremely overwhelming please seek medical attention from your primary care physician. Anxiety is NOT a sign of weakness but a call of arms to take care of yourself mentally and physically. If you are struggling with occasional anxiety over a project at work, feeling overrun, or bills there are natural remedies that can help you find a neutral level of serenity.
Here are several ways to help reduce anxiety naturally:
1. Exercise. Probably the last thing you want to do when you feel angst but it honestly is a great stress reliever. Studies show that twenty-one minutes of exercise helps to reduce anxious feelings and flood your body with endorphins. Truth: I don’t exercise regularly but when I do commit to a cardio class I walk away feeling like I can conquer the world. My mind is clear, my mood is lifted and I feel like whatever problem I’m experiencing in the moment can be fixed with a well-thought out plan. Exercise naturally boosts your mood, increases relaxation, and alleviates symptoms of anxiety. 21 mins yall, just 21 mins!
2. Drink Chamomile Tea. Yes, the Zen of tea. Chamomile promotes relaxation and reduces stress which is why I take it often on the evenings I find it hard to wind down when I have a big event the next day. Drinking 2-3 cups a day should help with anxiety. Try substituting chamomile tea for coffee. Although caffeine boosts your energy temporarily it can also make you jittery and anxious. Keep that in mind as you pour that glass of soda or take in medications with huge amounts of caffeine..
3. Omega-3s. The fatty acids found in Omega-3s may help to lower levels of stress chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol in the body. Tuna, salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds are great sources as well as daily vitamin supplements. I like to pour a little flaxseed on my oatmeal in the morning unfortunately it does not add a great taste to it but I recognize the benefits so I suck it up.
4. Try Lavender. Is known to be a calming and relaxing herb. Use it as a massage oil to release tensions. The smell of lavender on your pillow has been known to help you stay in a deeper sleep longer throughout the night. Try a few drops in a hot bath along with Epsom salts which also helps to calm anxiety.
5. L-lysine. L-lysine is an amino acid and one of the building blocks of your brains chemical messengers. Studies show that L-lysine supplements reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress levels. It can be found in meat, fish, and beans but also as a vitamin supplement.
6. Friends. We always need a sounding board. Someone we can vent to or with. A squad that is fair, balanced, and truthful. A good squad that can help talk us down when anxiety is high. Nothing like your friends!
These are some healthy tips for dealing with occasional anxiety we may have but I cannot emphasize enough that if you are feeling overwhelmingly anxious please speak with your doctor.