Let’s face it – everybody deals with a little anxiety or stress from time to time. It’s one of the top reasons people visit the doctor’s office as it can lead to a variety of health problems like insomnia or heart disease.
Too much stress is a bad thing.
Chronic stress and anxiety can eat away at your systems and wear you down with its unwanted side effects. You may feel wary to take any action against it if you prefer to not be medicated, but, rest easy, there are also so many natural ways you can implement which will treat your conditions just as effectively as medication!
As always, please remember that if you are suffering from depression or mental health issues that are causing you concern, it is always best to seek the advice of a professional – be it your GP, a therapist or a holistic healer.
Here are 4 simple ways and techniques for easing your stress and anxiety naturally:
Sunlight, in moderation of say 20-30 minutes daily, can go a long way to help improve your mindset. This is mainly due to sunlight’s ability to help your body to manufacture serotonin and vitamin D, both of which help your body to manage stress and lessen anxiety. You will find that your moods are more regulated and your overall emotional well-being should improve as well.
If it’s difficult for you to get your daily dose of sun-love, then do consider taking a vitamin D supplement or some daily multi-vitamins.
Exercise is a great stress releaser. You don’t have to sweat for hours in a gym or get involved in some killer workout in order to receive its benefits. All it takes is about 20 minutes of your favorite low-impact workout varieties, like walking, yoga or cycling. It is well-known that exercise releases endorphins in the body which will naturally lift your spirits and make you feel better.
Go for a walk with your dog or invite along a friend and reap the benefits of the social interactions as well.
AnxietyPanda’s mind is constantly racing with millions of thoughts and it is sometimes difficult for her to speak because there are so many things happening inside her head at once. When AnxietyPanda applies meditation techniques, her mind quiets down, which is blissful, and she is able to change her thoughts into more positive ones and control the frequency of her thoughts.
Even as little as 5 minutes a day of meditation will do wonders for your overall health and well-being. That’s really not a lot? And all you have to do is focus on your breathing and when thoughts arrive, simply acknowledge them, set them aside, and focus back on your breathing. (AnxietyPanda has created a Thought Cave in her mind where she “stores” these thoughts when they arrive while she is trying to meditate.)
3 Examples of meditation:
The first is the most commonly thought of when meditation comes to mind.
Make sure to find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for the five minutes. Switch off your phone, or put it on silent, wear earplugs to cancel out any noise, or earphones to listen to meditation-enhancing music. You can sit on the floor, on a chair or wherever is most comfortable for you. Close your eyes and just breathe and focus on your breathing, acknowledging and storing all stray thoughts as they pop in, and then refocusing on your breathing again. You will achieve instant relaxation. With time, you will get better and will be able to meditate for longer periods.
The second example of meditation is a 3-in-1 combo as you get the relaxation, you get the exercise and you get the valuable benefits of sunlight all in one go!
Go for a quiet walk and just focus on clearing your mind of all thoughts, and of course, focus on your breathing. Be sure to take in the scenery, but do not allow thoughts to linger. “Store” them away as soon as they arrive.
Another example of meditation is guided meditation. You can use your own imagination to bring you to a relaxing state Guided imagery is a powerful technique that lets you utilize your imagination in a positive way to induce many positive outcomes such as less anxiety, a relaxed state, or even better performance at a skill.
AnxietyPanda tip! If you’re struggling with meditation or it’s just not your style, daydream instead! Find a quiet place, or just close your eyes at your desk, and allow yourself to daydream for five minutes. Imagine yourself surrounded by your favorite relaxing atmosphere. Somewhere where you feel happy and tranquil. Make these daydreams as vivid as possible. Imagine what things smell like, what they feel like and what they sound or taste like.
If you continually focus on negative thoughts and fears, you will end up attracting them to you. The more you focus on how stressed you are, the more stressed you are going to feel! And, the more you focus on being relaxed, the more relaxed you are going to feel! You are in control. Practice shifting your mindset from negative to positive. It will soon become second nature!
When you start to feel stressed or anxious, stop your negative thoughts and instead think of a few things you are grateful for or about things and people that make you happy and make you feel good. When you remember how many good things there are that you do have, it makes the stress and anxiety seem insignificant in comparison.
Stress can be good or bad but if you’re feeling chronically stressed or anxious it would be good to start putting these four tips to work for you. Try to see your doctor too. They will help you with a proper diagnosis and recommend the correct treatment that will best suit your specific needs.
When you treat your mind and body well, you are guaranteed to be treating your anxiety as well and your symptoms will start to lessen and even disappear! Give your body plenty of nutrients, enough exercise and learn to quiet your mind and change your thoughts to the positive and stress and anxiety will soon be something of the past!
Do you know of any simple ways and techniques for easing stress and anxiety? Let us know in the comments!