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Ways to Ease Your Anxiety That Are Natural

By Paul Rothbart


There is nothing wrong with feeling anxious once in a while. It's a part of the human experience. Chronic anxiety is a different matter. It can be crippling and have a big negative impact on your quality of life. There are so many things to worry about. Paying bills, performing well at work, the health of you and your family. Then there are those big things you have no control over but nevertheless, affect you. When anxiety starts to overwhelm you, it's time to do something about it. There are medications, but natural treatments can be better. Here are some ways to ease your anxiety.

Cut Out Bad Habits

Many people deal with stress and anxiety by smoking or using alcohol or other drugs. Having a drink or a quick smoke can take the edge off, but neither is a long-term solution. Research has found that both smoking and drug use are connected to the development of anxiety disorders. That can lead to greater use to relieve the increased anxiety. Eventually, it can seriously harm your health and lead to an addiction that can destroy your life. The first step to easing your anxiety naturally is to eliminate unnatural solutions.

Get Out and Move

Exercise can do more than burn calories and build muscle. It is excellent for your mental health and a great way to manage anxiety and stress. Research conducted in 2013 involving people with anxiety disorders found that those who engaged in regular physical activity were better able to handle symptoms of anxiety. Getting the blood flowing can help to raise the serotonin levels in the brain. It can also improve your concentration which is also valuable in managing anxiety.

Meditate

There are many different types of meditation. They all have similar goals. They seek to relax the body, ease the mind, and bring peace. Meditation brings awareness and mindfulness. Researchers at Johns Hopkins say that a 30-minute meditation session each day may act as an antidepressant and help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Meditation is fairly easy to learn and you can do it almost anywhere. There are even websites that can lead you in a guided meditation. It can also be a spiritual experience if that interests you. 

Anxiety does serve an important purpose. It keeps you on your toes and helps you stay cautious when necessary. But constantly feeling anxious is not healthy. Try one of these ways to ease your feelings of anxiety. Don't hesitate to seek professional help if you can't get your symptoms under control.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Elgin, Ill.

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