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4 Ways to Cope with Anxiety Naturally
Do you feel anxious a lot? Are you constantly worrying and stressing over things to the point where it has affected your quality of life?
A little bit of anxiety is normal, but anything more than that and it can wreak havoc on your life. Your body is in a constant state of tension and soon you feel the consequences of never being able to relax.
Some people choose to use drugs (whether prescription or illegal) or alcohol to cope with these negative feelings. While they may provide them some immediate relief, in the end it just compounds the problem.
So, how can you cope with anxiety naturally and effectively? Try one, or all, of these four things:
Stay in the moment
If you spend all of your time being anxious about something that may or may not happen in the future, you’ll fail to live today. You’ll miss out on all of the great opportunities that are before you right now because you’re so focused on tomorrow.
However, if you stay in the moment, you will lessen your anxiety. You can’t worry about what may happen if you’re concentrating on what is happening.
Children are fantastic at this. That’s partially why they’re so happy and get so much enjoyment out of life. They live for the moment.
Does it scare you to think that you’ll not be prepared for what may happen if you let yourself relax? Then do what you can and let it go. Don’t keep worrying because it isn’t going to help the matter at all.
If you want to reduce your anxiety quickly and effectively, you can do some focused breathing. Clear your mind of all thoughts and pay complete attention to the air that is coming in and going out of your body. Meditate.
When you do this, it does a couple of things that result in reduced levels of anxiety. First, it changes your brainwaves from beta (which is where anxiety and stress reside) to alpha, theta or delta, depending on how deep your relaxation is. When you change the brainwaves, your body releases the anxiety and tension and renews and rejuvenates your body.
Second, meditation boosts certain brain and body chemicals. It releases endorphins which make you feel happier. It raises your DHEA levels which alleviate depression and improves your overall well-being and it increases your GABA which helps stabilize your mood.
Take a few moments every day and do some focused breathing. You’ll notice that you feel better and can think more clearly. Your problem solving skills even improve making it easier to deal with whatever life throws your way.
Getting active is a great way to deal with anxiety. Not only do you get a physical release of tension but, like meditation, it increases your endorphins and makes you feel better.
Go for a walk and enjoy nature. Throw on some headphones and rock out to your favorite music while you hit the weight machines. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do something to get your body going.
As a side benefit, you’ll be healthier and stronger which will help you better deal with anxiety. After all, it’s easy to handle ups and downs in life when you feel good.
Sometimes it helps to just talk it out. Get things off your chest. Say them and let them go. A counselor or therapist can do that for you.
There has been a negative stigma associated with counseling in the past. It’s like it was an acknowledgment that something was wrong with you if you went to talk to someone. However, if you decide to go, it actually means something is right with you.
It shows that you’re looking out for your own best interest. Counselors are simply impartial people who know the proper tools and techniques to help you deal with life circumstances. Like gardeners are plant and tree professionals, counselors are thinking and mind professionals. And, you wouldn’t feel less of a person for hiring a gardener, right?
Anxiety doesn’t have to be a way of life. There are several things you can do to release the hold it has on you, and these are just a few options. The sooner you let it go, the sooner you can enjoy life.