Anxiety is something we can all relate to on some level. Some of us deal with it more than others, and in unique situations. When I go through shifts and changes like a new semester starting, or I know a big event is coming up, I can feel my anxiety slowly creeping in. At first it’s the nervousness of the unknown and then I catch myself and use my little anxiety busting techniques to help wash the worries away and remind myself that a situation can be as good or as bad as I make it up to be. It’s all in the mindset, and it’s important to keep that mindset strong and healthy as the long term effects of anxiety can cause a decline in our overall well-being. It’s beneficial for our overall health to find natural remedies for anxiety that get to the root of the problem so it can be managed effectively and not masked.
Anxiety is unique. What works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for another. There are various different ways to alleviate anxiety, it’s just finding what works for you. Like most things in life, you never know until you try. I personally found being open to learning about anxiety and finding understanding with it helped a lot with being able to manage it. Simply talking to others who may be going through similar experiences is also a huge sigh of relief! Connection is so important and nourishing to our well-being.
As I mentioned, there are various different ways to naturally bust anxiety. Today I am going to share with you 8 different techniques and approaches (in no particular order) that personally assist me in keeping my anxiety away, or at least minimal. Maybe you can relate to some of these approaches, find some relief, or want to give them a try next time you feel the anxiousness coming on. My approaches and techniques are something that has worked well for me, and this is what makes me feel inclined to share. It took me a long time to figure out my anxiety, and trust me, I know it can be a day in and day out journey! Having said that, I know my way is not the only way.
Our dietary choices affect us. There are many studies out there that connect diet to behavior. Eating a clean, nutrient dense, and balanced diet is helpful for anxiety relief. When we don’t consume enough food, or we consume too much food, our anxiety can become heightened. Poor nutrition intake can lead to fatigue, mood changes, blood sugar imbalances, and weight fluctuations, resulting in feeling the jitters, nervousness, and self-doubt. Eat a well rounded diet packed with healthy fats, high fiber foods, and quality protein. I like to include anti-inflammatory foods to help with my stress levels + mood, I’ll also incorporate foods that are rich in B vitamins, magnesium, omega-3’s, and calcium for natural relief of anxiety.
Have you ever looked into or heard of adaptogens? I feel like they have become a health buzz word, but rightly so! I was introduced to them by a nutritionist and they seriously have changed my life. Adaptogens are plants that can help your body adapt to physical + environmental stress. Ashwagandha in particular is one I like to use for beating anxiety, lowering stress, and increasing long lasting smooth energy. Adaptogens naturally aid in restoring our bodies natural state of balance. I like adding adaptogen powders into my smoothies and healthy hot blends, like the Velvety Moringa Matcha Latte or the Elevated Spiced Hot Chocolate. A few adaptogens known for natural relief of anxiety include ashwagandha, holy basil, rhodiola, schisandra, licorice root, and more…
Three. Essential oils
Essential oils are an excellent anxiety buster + powerful healer. It’s like breathing in an instant calm. Essential oils are extracted from plants, making them an excellent natural remedy for anxiety (and various other ailments). They can help assist with feelings of relief and calm. Anxiety is a tough battle day in and day out for some people, it’s important to have natural remedies like essential oils to turn to. I like to diffuse oils at night while I’m winding down, this practice has improved my sleeping patterns drastically in a short period of time, which has helped me immensely. I actually look forward to going to bed just so I can turn on the diffuser! I also like to apply essential oils topically. Peppermint is one of my favourites to rub onto my temples, I find it healing and soothing. Tea tree oil is another oil I love blending into my nighttime face moisturizer, something about tea tree aroma gives me a sense of relief, plus it makes my skin feel great! Playing around with different aromas and finding the ones that work for you is also important. Lavender is one of the most common essential oils used for beating anxiety. Having said that, choosing the right essential oil for anxiety is important, some essential oils that work for one individual, may not work for the next. Some people may love lavender, while others are sickened by it. Finding those special oils that help you regain a sense of calm and balance when you inhale their aroma is important. I talk more in depth about how Essential Oils Changed My Life in a previous blog post if you want to learn some more about my experiences with the power of essential oils.
Four. Limit Stimulants
Stimulants like caffeine can increase our body’s release of stress hormones. An increase release of stress hormones can make us feel more stressed and on edge, resulting in heightened anxiety. As an individual who enjoys her morning cup of coffee, I will pass on it if I feel my anxiety is heightened and reach for something more calming such as matcha or herbal tea so I can still enjoy a cup of something warm and delicious without the extra stimulation.
This can be so hard for some of us, but rest is crucial for our nervous system to recover and properly function. It’s something that should be practiced, especially for beating anxiety. Try to take a few minutes in the day to just pause and do something relaxing. Allow yourself plenty of time for sleep. If you don’t sleep well it’s okay, you’re still getting the benefits of resting when you lay down. If you normally go to bed around 11pm or midnight, try getting into bed for 10pm. There is a natural wave of calm that hits in the evening, and if we miss this calm, we can get that second wind we all have experienced that makes us feel wide awake resulting in poor sleep. Build some simple unwinding practices around bedtime to help with sleep, whether it be diffusing oils, reading a book, turning on a Himalayan salt lamp, meditation, taking an epsom salt bath, etc… Make bedtime something you look forward too.
Does anyone else feel instant relief when they step outside into nature? Contact with nature can help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Taking a walk along a beautiful path, going for a hike, or simply walking outside the front door to get some fresh air can be extremely therapeutic. Take some deep breaths while outside, inhale nature’s calm and exhale self doubt. I know for me, whenever I step out into nature I always ask myself why I don’t do it more often, because it feels so good!
Regular exercise is beneficial for naturally & instantly busting anxiety. Moving the body helps increase blood flow and release feel-good endorphins. It’s like an instant mood elevator. I like to opt for exercises that range from HIIT cardio, yoga movements, walks outside, or low-impact weight training to get my blood flowing and endorphins flowing. Whichever exercises make you feel good, be sure to do them. Besides… nobody regrets a good workout!
Eight. Spend time with loved ones
The people you love should make you feel good, so spend time with them! It’s nourishing to our well-being to be with loved ones. For me, spending time with my fiance and our families gives me all the good feels. They are people that make me forget the worries without even saying a word. Just being around loved ones can give a huge relief. It’s comforting being around people you love, it feels natural. If people in your life are causing you anxiety, then it may be a sign you need to change your environment and surround yourself with people who nourish your well-being.
Having little tools and techniques to practice and turn to really helps us become better equipped to take charge of our well-being. Maybe something I practice can help you in one way or another if it’s something you are looking for. What sort of techniques or approaches work for you when it comes to busting your anxiety? Do any of the 8 I listed today resonate with you?
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