The following article is a guest post by Emylee Modestino, a freelance writer focusing on helping others lead a healthy and stress-free life.
Many people might think anxiety as a certain feeling or thought process that happens when there is a stressful moment at hand. But in reality, anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress more than any feeling which is realized when you feel your heart beats faster in response to a stressful situation. Or instead, if you are challenged by overwhelming situations, tasks or emotions and your palms get sweaty then these bodily responses are described as anxiety.
Now, it’s time you must have already discovered some of these triggers in your lives so far, if not in your day-to-day life. Consider these common scenarios when on your first day in a first job, proposing your partner or meeting his/her family, or giving a seminar on some important thesis at your deemed college or boardroom meeting, and the list goes on. There can be any number of such triggers and each one of you have different triggers that again change at different stages of your life. However, as much as you are likely to press the panic button once these triggers arise, the most important step is to first identify them in order to cope with and manage these anxiety attacks.
Though, identifying your triggers is not that easy and requires some time for self-reflection. But then, there are certain simple things you can do to negotiate terms with your anxiety from taking over you. These are 10 quicker ways to quick-fix anxiety and cope with them at an even pace:
The typical nature of anxiety is to rob you away from the present experience. Meditating or focusing on your breath is one such solution to anxiety that can immediately bring your attention to the present moment from the future or past event that is pulling those triggers. There are 2 ways you can breathe out these anxious moments: Either do the breathing exercises like a morning ritual or take a few deep breaths whenever you catch yourself trembling with anxiety.
Stop the Bother
Do you have the time to explore your thoughts and feelings to get to the roots of your anxiety? Can you figure out, at least what’s really bothering you for so long? If so, then you are a success at reaching the innermost thoughts that are, in other words, your anxiety roots. Talking to a friend or maintaining a journal will help you a great deal in figuring out what’s bothering you. So, to stop the bother of your mind, habitually uncover and express your troubled feelings of anxiety.
Wear a New Attitude
Stop imagining things if you want to stop your anxiety! Because you too know that most of the things you imagine don’t happen. In fact, some of them will never occur and yet we ponder. Replace your recurrent fears with thoughts of gratitude and see what difference it makes in your attitude! You may dump your anxiety if you practice a little more positive attitude with gratitude.
Switch Your Attention
Is it not helpful, at least at times to redirect your focus onto something other than your anxiety? Maybe you can reach out to others, go for a walk or exercise, do any pending chores at your home, or engage in a recreational activity/hobby like playing, reading, gardening, painting, etc. If nothing works, you may even sit down and meditate. You can do anything to switch your focus and thwart off anxiety.
Yoga for Anxiety
Working in stressful environments and in night shifts may create an unbalanced atmosphere within your body that can lead to anxiety overtime. There are many factors along with the work deadline pressures like meeting your family’s expectations, trying to maintain an active lifestyle, etc. may take a toll on your health. If you want to witness magical transformations with regard to your anxiety and overall health, take a step forward to treat anxiety naturally with yoga.
Do a Conscious Contemplation
Negative thoughts have their roots in your mind which can distort the very severity of a situation. To take back control into your hands, challenge your fears and check whether they are true. Also brooding for long doesn’t help in most cases as your mind gets double edgy. Rather think consciously that can bring more awareness to the issues at hand and check them off soon.
Light a Lavender Stick
This is an unusual way of coping with anxiety but yes, aromatherapy works wonders to ease your anxiety blues as it activates your brain’s receptors. Simply light a candle or incense and breathe those lavender, sandalwood or chamomile whiffs off the air.
Pop that Anxiety Pill
Anxiety pills may work or not. But eating bananas (making diet changes) or taking supplements definitely works and that too as a long-term strategy. Research validates the effect of certain nutrients or supplements in slowing down anxiety.
Some of the nutrients that are at reach from a diet or a supplement for anxiety reduction include:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Green tea
- Lemon balm
- Kava kava
- Valerian root
- Dark chocolate
To secure the benefits of the above nutrients in dietary or supplement routine may take upto three months and it is also advised to have a word with your doctor before you use them.
There are ways to keep your mind and body healthy before you pull off those anxiety triggers. To stave off from anxiety and its symptoms, do regular exercise, eat a balanced diet, get sufficient sleep, and stay close to people on all levels i.e. emotional, physical, and social levels.
Manage Your Triggers
Either or on your own or by seeking a therapist’s help, you must identify your triggers first. They can be apparent at times like alcohol, smoking, or caffeine. At other times they can be less obvious too like long-term issues concerning your finances, family, health, or work. The more complicated your situation, the more it takes time to figure out that trigger and pull it out. Sometimes you may need extra support either through friends or therapy.
Once you figured out your trigger, try your best to limit your exposure. However, if you cannot limit it in cases like stressful work atmosphere where you don’t call the shots, then use other coping mechanisms to help manage your anxiety.
Emylee is a proficient writer who firmly believes in the age-old remedies and holistic medicine as a primary cure for several diseases. She embarked on a journey to find the truth about holistic and natural remedies. During her travel and research, she found the purpose to enlighten and empower others with this knowledge and help them lead a much healthier and stress-free life.