1. Simplify your life
Life doesn’t have to be as complicated as a lot of people make it out to be. It’s easy to get stressed out by other people’s expectations of you, I recommend only worrying about how you feel about yourself. Live by your own values and virtues. I’m not condoning you be lazy and parasitical, but take care of yourself before you take care of others while sticking to your morals. if you’re a perfectionist try not to dedicate unreasonable amounts of time to menial tasks, it’s only going to hurt you later. I’ll make another post that goes further into this later because this can be elaborated on a lot.
Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth. Meditating allows you to connect with deepest inner self, to turn off all the noise around you and truly change your whole perspective on your current emotions and thoughts. sometimes when people are anxious they want to continue the cycle, lashing out in anger, or feeling self-pity. Meditation forces one to relax and look at things from a more rational, calm standpoint.
Exercise has great value in reducing and preventing anxiety because it increases the activity of serotonin in your brain. an increase in the amount of serotonin in your brain directly correlates to a decrease in anxiety, the same reason why many anxiety patients improve after taking (SSRI) medication. the most beneficial exercise for this purpose is cardiovascular exercise. this can include but are not limited to: Jogging, Power-walking, Swimming, Cycling, Walking, or even playing sports. Exercise should be a big part of everyone’s life because it has many benefits that are not even related to anxiety reduction
4. ask for Help
It’s many people’s job to relieve the stress of others. besides talking to a loving family member who can help you through anything you’re currently up against, there are many professionals who can help. Natural Medicine doctors can help determine your personal nutritional needs to help your anxiety. Massage Therapists are taught how to help people reach a state of deep relaxation. I’ve also heard many great things about Acupuncture. if you’re a very spiritual person you might want to consider looking into Reiki. (Energy Therapy)
5. Natural Supplements
Valerian – this is an herb that is widely used in Europe to relieve stress and insomnia.
Saint John’s Wort – this is a very well-known herb that has a long history of use. it can be used to treat depression and anxiety (although it has more of an impact on depression)
Vitamins- Just by having a good habit of taking your multi-vitamins you can help promote good health and thus reduce stress and anxiety.
Gamma Amino Butyric Acid – this is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter in the brain, it helps reduce anxiety by reducing excess neurotransmitter activity in parts of your brain that involve anxiety.
Omega-3s – Omega fatty acids help promote good brain health, it also has been proven to increase the rate of regeneration of damaged nerve cells.