Life can get hectic some times. Whether its a job, family, friends, and/or relationships, we are all jugging a lot of tasks. Sometimes I can feel my anxiety levels rising and I realize that I need to take a step back and asses the situation. There are a few things that I have learned over time that has helped to ease my anxiety and I thought I would share them with you. First, I want to reiterate that anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing when it is steered in a positive light. It helps in times of preparation (EX: Presentation). It can even make me do the best that I can as I have high personal standards of myself, thanks to that bit of worrying. Anxiety used in the right ways is a great motivator! Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like your anxiety isn’t justified. We all feel anxious at some point in life and some of us are more in tuned to our body’s reactions to stress more then others.
Exercise is a great way to help control anxiety. Back not too long ago, if you asked me to do Yoga, I probably would have laughed. I have always loved to work out but, I was a running and lifting (if I didn’t sweat- it wasn’t worth it!) kind of person. These days I still run and lift but, I also add Yoga into my routine. I work out at home so, here are the youtube channels that I follow: Boho Beautiful, Yoga with Adriene, PopSugar 30
Another way that I reduce anxiety is through meditation. If you have just 10 minutes and access to YouTube or even an App on your phone, you can start guided meditation. If you prefer meditating alone, just find a quiet spot and a timer. Remember it only takes about 10 minutes to bring down your anxiety and clear your mind. Personally, I prefer the guided meditation because I tend to let my mind wonder and the friendly remembers to bring it back to the practice are helpful for me. I follow Boho Beautiful for Meditation: you can find it here.
I reduce both caffeine and sugar consumption when my anxiety is high. Sorry to all you coffee drinkers….if you are feeling anxious switch to decaf. I also switch to tea when I still want a warm drink. Green tea has anti- inflammatory properties that can even reduce anxiety. Now that Summer is right around the corner, iced green tea is a great option. I like to add a few mint tea bags to my green tea for a fresh minty taste to wake me up in the morning!
Lastly, I use magnesium spray every day. A deficiency in this mineral can cause anxiety and depression among other issues. The best way to absorb Magnesium is through the skin. Your body will only take in as much as it needs. Many people are deficient in the mineral but, it is rarely tested by medical professionals. We have a simple recipe for making your own magnesium spray.
What do you do to reduce anxiety? I would love to hear your feedback.