I had the pleasure of dealing with anxiety this last week. (In case you were wondering I was being sarcastic) I actually didn’t know I had it until I put the signs together. I was worrisome and a little nauseous whenever I thought about the subject, and it felt like I had a pit in my stomach that would not go away. Luckily I don’t deal with anxiety a lot (which is probably why I didn’t realize I had it right away), but I was lucky enough to recognize the problem (a week later) and solve the problem.
Unfortunately that is not always the case with some people. Different cases of anxiety included social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.Anxiety is considered a mental illness and can be crippling when you are constantly feeling overwhelmed with fear and worry. For me it felt like all my attention was on this one problem. I knew then that I had to do something.
My case was a little easier then some cases, I was able to make the problem go away. That brought instant relief for me. However, if you have social anxiety or a spider phobia, making those problems go away is not always possible. No matter how much I would love to make spiders go away. I am no doctor and I am not here to diagnose or cure anyone, but what I would like to do is inform. The way I felt when I had anxiety made me realize how debilitating it can be. I wanted to find ways that can help me in the future (which I hope is never) and anyone else who may suffer from anxiety as well. We may not always be able to make our anxiety problem disappear but there are ways to help us deal with and hopefully lessen our anxiety. Of course there are those severe cases where seeing a doctor may be the best solution for you.
Stay physically active: exercising is a great way to reduce stress, and stress is a key factor in anxiety. When I workout it does so much for my mind as well as my body. Find a routine that works for your schedule and stick with it.
Things to stay away from: tobacco, coffee, sedatives and alcohol – these substances can make your anxiety even worse.
Meditation: It may sound weird but you’d be surprise on how well it works. Yoga, visualization techniques, and meditation can help ease and lessen your anxiety.
Sleep: Why am I not surprised! It’s kind of like when your sick and your told to get some sleep to help you feel better, but you can’t sleep because your sick. This feels the same way. Anxiety can make it hard to sleep for some, but if you can, do your best to get a good nights sleep. If you can’t sleep and are having a hard time, you may want to go see a doctor for help.
Eat healthy: There is still more research that needs to be done on this theory but eating healthier is always a good change to make. Try more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and fish to help ease your anxiety.
Essential Oils: If you are into more holistic ways, then you may want to give this a try. Smelling essential oils can help improve your mood almost instantly. Citrus oils are my happy oils. Other essential oils to try are lavender, peppermint, chamomile, frankincense, rose, vetiver, or ylang ylang. You can use these aromatically (diffuser, inhaling from bottle, or from hands), or topically, (on back of neck, temples, wrists, or chest area).
*Be sure you do not ingest or use your essential oils undiluted without proper training or medical supervision. Always test the essential oil you want to use on a small area first for any skin sensitivities*