10 Ways To Ease Anxiety… Naturally
Posted on May 30, 2014
Keep a food diary Foods like caffeine, sugar and additives such as MSG can cause anxiety (caffeine is a big one for me). Keep a food diary and notice when and where you’re feeling anxious and how that could possibly be related to the foods you are eating.
Get some rest Low energy or fatigue can contributes to anxiety. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest to ensure your re-charged and ready to fire on all cylinders.
Go for a run Exercising will release a whole lot of feel-good hormones that will help banish those feelings of anxiety and stress.
Breathe A series of deep breaths has been shown to relax the body and mind. Doing this for just a few minutes will help bring you back to a state of calm. If you can’t force yourself to do this at home, sign-up for a regular yoga or meditation class that will help you switch off.
Write it out A wise Chinese medicine practitioner once told me that if you have too many thoughts running around in your head, write them down and you will let them go. At first I thought he was a little wacky, but I gave it a go and now, it’s my go-to mechanism for dealing with stress. It is incredible how much clarity you receive from this process, even solutions to your problems become a whole lot clearer and you begin to relax.
Clear the clutter This is an incredible tool for creating focus and clarity and something we do regularly. Cleaning out your office space, kitchen or diary is a great way to find some peace and make way for some positive energy.
Talk about it Growing up, I was never really a fan of talking about my worries, I always thought that giving them ‘air-time’ was a sure fire way to make them ‘real’ however, all this changed when my mum went back to university to become a psychotherapist. Over the years I have realised just how powerful talking about your problems can be. Don’t be afraid to consult the experts, they can also offer you a range of techniques that will help you cope in almost any situation.
How’s your gut health? Growing evidence is revealing a connection between gut bacteria and anxiety. If you’re gut health is less than ideal, you will be more likely to suffer from bouts of anxiety and depression. Worried your gut bacteria is a little less than ideal? Working with a holistic health practitioner is a great place to start.
LOL (Laugh out loud) Laughing really is the best medicine. Not only does it boost circulation and relax your muscles, it also switches off your stress response. The best part? Your body can’t tell the difference between fake laughter and the real thing so all you have to do is fake it until you make it.
Herbs There are a number of herbs available that can help reduce your levels of anxiety, these include St. John’s Wort, Kava, Damiana and Chamomile. Consult your local naturopath for more information.