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Ease Your Anxiety & Feel Like You Again

January 21, 2019

Ease Your Anxiety & Feel Like You Again

This isn’t just any other blog post about relieving anxiety.

I’m here to give you thoughtful and and detailed methods on how you can ease your anxiety for the long term. 

It’s all about healthy and natural coping methods that work for you.

Todays society is filled with anxiety, almost everyone you meet nowadays has some form of anxiety or another.

So how do we help treat ourselves?

Much of where anxiety roots from is stress.  Stress from work, stress from relationships or friendships, stress from your health.  There are so many factors that play into why we stress, and how it translates into forms of anxiety.

Symptoms faced when experiencing anxiety can include but are not limited to nervousness, agitation, racing heart beat, chest pain, tension, or queasiness.

 

Let’s get into 4 ways you can help ease your anxiety, and have you feeling like you again.

 

Staying Active

One of the most common forms of stress relief that used by many people is exercise. Now this doesn’t mean that you need to be having physically demanding workouts on a daily basis in order to combat anxiety. 

Regular exercise can range from going on a 20-minute walk outside, to practicing a daily stretch, to going to the gym and lifting some weights. Do what feels best for your body.  Listen to what your body wants.  Because when you listen to your body, your mind and mental health will be rewarded.

Bottom line is that you need some sort of physical exercise.  DON’T stay cooped up inside! Having a day here and there of just cozy home life is great but having too much of this can be unhealthy for you and can increase your anxiety levels.  Ever heard of the term stir crazy? Well it’s a thing and humans need activity to keep their mind distracted, and if you’re someone who has anxiety it’s time to get distracted from those looping/racing thoughts and stay active!

 

Limit Caffeine Use

Caffeine is not always your friend.  And for those that have chronic anxiety, try staying away as much as you can.  At the end of the day, caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug in the world, used to improve concentration and make you feel more awake.  But with this sudden jolt of energy you get, it often comes with a faster heart beat and potential jitters. So those that are already sensitive to their heart rate, fully eliminating coffee could help with your anxiety immensely. 

Now I know giving up coffee is a huge no no to some people. Some people find it crazy that I don’t drink coffee but I’ll tell you about great substitutes that have been working on me. 

If you’re a coffee lover and unable to give it up, try drinking decaf coffee.

There is something called the placebo effect and studies have shown that it most definitely works. For those that don’t know what the placebo effect is – it’s basically nothing and it can be in any form, medication, procedures, substances etc. The point of a placebo is to create a psychological benefit rather than a physiological effect. The measure is used as a control in tests where people would ingest something (let’s say a pill) that had absolutely nothing inside of it, to see if the person would react the same way as a pill that did have medicine inside.

Same theory can be used for coffee.

The taste of coffee can trigger your brain into thinking its consuming an energy beverage, when really it’s not! Works for me, give it a try and it might work for you!

Some people don’t think that decaf coffee is even real, but whatever, it tastes the exact same, still gives you something to drink and what’s more important, your mental health or having a regular coffee that you know is just going to cause you to have uncomfortable jitters? 

Another substitute is matcha, now I’ve explained my love for matcha many times before in my blog posts, but why matcha is so great is because the concentration peak of matcha is much longer than caffeine from coffee, ultimately decreasing the chances of those jitters arising.

Here is a chart exemplifying the peak cycle with coffee vs matcha

 

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Notice that the energy lasts a lot longer and you don’t have a sudden burst of energy with a sudden crash like coffee?  Pretty interesting stuff. 

 

CBD Oil

CBD or Cannabidoil is from the Cannabis plant and can either be derived from hemp or marijuana.  If its derived from hemp, that means that it does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the psychoactive component and what gets you high.  CBD has been shown in thousands of cases of relieving anxiety and providing a tranquil effect on the body, allowing for one to experience a chill effect. 

One reason why CBD works so well on the mind for many people is because the human body already has an endocannabinoid system. By introducing external cannabinoids such as CBD, the existing cannabinoid receptors currently in your body are stimulated, which therefore provides therapeutic effects and resulting in a reduction in anxiety.

 

Writing It Down

Finding a way to express yourself is one of the most important things you can do for your mental health.  But developing healthy ways to handle your anxiety and how to provide yourself relief from negative symptoms takes a long time to master. 

This is a method that I use when I’m feeling anxious that has helped me in the past.

I keep a journal for myself specifically for these times.

Open up your journal or a piece of paper and write down exactly what you are feeling when your anxiety arises or when you are having a panic attack.  Write down how you are feeling at that very moment, then write the good things about yourself that you are proud of, lastly write down how you can improve in any way, small, big, it doesn't matter.

While you are writing these words on paper, allow your mind to only think of those words that you are writing, nothing else.  It will force your brain to slow down and only concentrate on those words. You can only write so fast, and this will let your thoughts slowdown, which will inevitably allow your nervous system to relax.

 

Looking back

These methods are from the heart, and they've helped me when I'm feeling anxious.

Through Vurdo I'm all about transparency and natural healing. 

I hope these methods help you in any way, and remember that your anxiety doesn't define you. 

 



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