Do you suffer from anxiety? Have you ever tried any natural ways to manage anxiety?
Not many people know that I have suffered with huge bouts of anxiety for most of my adult life. It has varied in extremities from me getting those nervous butterflies when I’m doing something that makes me feel uncomfortable, to full blown not being able to leave the house, attend events or see people.
Although I did try the medication route at one point, it really isn’t for me. Yes, medication works wonders for some people but for others, sometimes the more natural approach can actually be hugely beneficial.
We all get anxious feelings sometimes. But how can you tell when your anxiety is normal and when it’s starting to control your life?
Although this is something only you can gauge for yourself, we all understand that there is a huge difference between getting those nervous butterflies, compared to being too anxious to leave the house. When anxiety does start to control your life, that’s when you need to seek help or do something about it.
After many years of up and down battles with anxiety, I have finally allowed for it to not control my life anymore. I have managed to spot the triggers and I’ve learnt how to manage anxiety naturally when those triggers occur.
7 Natural Ways To Manage Anxiety
1. Speak to someone! Anyone.
Speaking to a professional can be so scary, but they are there to help you. Whether you choose to speak to a doctor, a specialist, a therapist, or even a friend you’ll be surprised who can relate to what you’re going through.
Anxiety doesn’t have to be something secretive. I was once on holiday in New York with a group of friends when anxiety struck. I found myself having a huge anxiety attack and I had to leap off the metro line and run up the stairs for fresh air. I was so grateful that my baffled friends listened and understood when I opened up and explained what I was feeling. For the rest of the holiday, they made sure to always help me when they saw that I was starting to feel anxious.
Nowadays, if I get any bouts of anxiety, I always make sure to talk it through with whoever I am with. Especially when I’m about to do something I find uncomfortable (yes I always push myself to do those things anyway). Talking to people is an instant way to help anxiety.
2. Eat healthy foods and drink lots of water
What we eat and drink has so much influence on how we feel. Eating fresh, healthy foods and drinking lots of water can really benefit both our minds and our bodies.
Try reducing the toxic things you eat and replacing them with healthy nutritious foods. You’ll be surprised at how much it can help with anxiety. It can even put a stop to it altogether.
Did you know that things like caffeine and alcohol can actually make anxiety bouts worse? Great foods to help reduce anxiety include foods that are rich in vitamin B. These are food like beef, chicken, citrus fruits, nuts and rice. Omega 3 fatty acids are also amazing at helping to fight anxiety. Omega 3 can be found in foods such as salmon, tuna and mackerel.
3. Get outside
The third natural way to manage anxiety is fresh air. Fresh air and wide open spaces are amazing for calming you down and making you feel relaxed. I typically find myself more anxious when I feel claustrophobic. Especially in large supermarkets, on public transport and in big cities.
If I feel anxious, I find that taking myself outside and taking in some deep breaths of fresh air can be a huge help. Practice going for walks in big open spaces. While you’re there try taking lots of deep breaths and relaxing yourself. Try and mimic this when you are in busy places that make you feel uncomfortable and see how much of a difference it’ll make to you.
4. Practice mindfulness and find your solar plexus
Did you know that you can stop anxiety by calming your breathing? If you are susceptible to anxiety, I really recommend practicing mindfulness daily, or as much as you can. At first, I used to get anxious just doing mindfulness (I hated hearing my heartbeat, it made me panic) but I quickly found that breathing exercises are life saving.
The more you practice the breathing, the easier and more natural it is to apply when you get an anxiety attack. Just from practicing, I can now not only stop anxiety quicker, but I can even prevent attacks from happening early on.
Another method I use when I’m feeling anxious, is massaging my solar plexus on my hand. To find your solar plexus, simply turn up one of your palms so it is facing you. Then take the thumb on the opposite finger and trace down from your second finger to the base of your palm, stopping when you find the natural indent in your hand. Massage this spot anytime you feel anxious and it will help to calm you down and can even ease nausea.
5. Love yourself
How do you feel about yourself?
Did you know that when you think good thoughts about yourself, your body releases endorphins which make you happier and more confident. I know all to well, how hard it is sometimes to think good thoughts about yourself. A great way to overcome this is to start a gratitude journal.
Every day write one line stating something you love about yourself. Even if it’s something small or random like your dimples! In time this list will be great to read on those days you are feeling really low and will give you a lot more confidence, which in turn will help with anxiety.
How much exercise do you do? Exercise releases endorphins which automatically make you feel good. No you don’t have to go to the gym, my post ‘3 workouts for busy mums’ can tell you all about how you can exercise even in the comfort of your own home.
Just ten minutes every morning or whenever you have time, will make a huge difference to anxiety attacks.
7. Calming smells – essential oils
The last natural way to manage anxiety is with essential oils. Essential oils are pretty incredible for setting your mood. Calming scents like lavender are great for putting on your pillow before you go to sleep. You can put some in the bath for a relaxing soak or even put a few drops on your clothes for when you are out and about. Smelling certain essential oils can really calm you down when anxiety strikes. Try it next time you leave the house and see what happens.
Do you suffer from anxiety? What do you think of our 7 Natural Ways To Manage Anxiety? Are there any you want to try? Let us know in the comments below.