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 its the nervousness of the unknown and then it spirals onward from there to only leave me feeling a lot of doubt inside. There are numerous ways to alleviate anxiety, what works for one person does not necessarily work for the next. What it comes down to is finding what works for you!
Today I am sharing a few ways I like to bust anxiety naturally. I thought I would share these tools with you because they have personally helped me immensely, which makes me hope they might be able to help you find some relief as well if it is something you are seeking.
NATURAL WAYS TO BUST ANXIETY
During the times my anxiety is heightened, I always make sure my nutrition intake is a top priority. 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, which all can result in feeling those anxiety jitters!
Have you ever looked into or heard of adaptogens? I feel like they have become a buzz word in the wellness community, and rightly so! I was first introduced to them by a nutritionist, and they seriously have changed my life. Adaptogens are plants that can help your body adapt to physical and environmental stress, they help naturally restore our bodies natural state of balance. Ashwagandha in particular is one I like to use for beating anxiety, lowering stress, and increasing long lasting smooth energy. I like adding adaptogen powders into my smoothies, tea blends, and bulletproof coffee. A few adaptogens known for natural relief of anxiety include ashwagandha, holy basil, and rhodiola.
Aromatherapy is an excellent anxiety buster, it’s like breathing in an instant calm. Essential oils used in aromatherapy are extracted from plants, making them the perfect natural remedy for anxiety. Anxiety is a tough battle day in and day out for some people, it’s important to have easy remedies, like essential oils, to turn to. I like to diffuse oils in the morning to wake me up, and at night while I’m winding down, this practice has improved my morning energy and sleeping patterns drastically. I also like to apply essential oils topically with a roller bomb so I can take the scent with me wherever I go! 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, 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.
4. LIMIT STIMULANTS
Stimulants like caffeine can increase our body’s release of stress hormones, which can heighten anxiety levels. 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, like 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 some time in your day to just pause and do something relaxing. I like to schedule self-care time in for myself daily, it’s a priority for me because it helps me recharge, even if it’s just 30 minutes. Additionally, it is important to allow yourself plenty of time for sleep. 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 anxiety and stress 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 any doubts.
Regular exercise is helpful for busting anxiety. Moving the body helps increase blood flow and releases those feel-good endorphins. It’s like an instant mood elevator. Whichever exercises make you feel good, be sure to do them. Nobody regrets a good workout! Make it a priority to schedule some movement time into your week, even if it’s just 3 days. Exercise can be very therapeutic!
8. SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES
The people you love should make you feel good, so spend time with them! Being around loved ones can help you feel relief. It’s comforting being around people you love, it feels natural. If there are people in your life that heighten your anxiety, then it may be a sign you need to change your environment and surround yourself with people who make you feel good!
What approaches work for you when it comes to busting your anxiety? Do any of the ones I listed today resonate with you?
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