How to Ease Your Anxiety Naturally
By Sandy Schroeder
Almost 20 percent of American adults cope with anxiety, and many wind up relying on anti-anxiety medications, but researchers are encouraging more natural solutions, too.
Shifting to a calmer natural state could begin with a few simple changes. If you find every day loaded with tension and worries as you make your way through work and family challenges, it may be time to ease up a little with some natural steps like these from Care2.com.
Natural Ways to Let Go of Anxiety
Make the effort to reduce tension throughout your day.
Hide your phone – At least let yourself wake up, stretch and enjoy your coffee, before you deal with urgent emails or a blast of world news. If possible, leave your phone outside your bedroom, along with your TV and laptop. You may rest better, feeling refreshed and ready to begin the day.
Start moving when you get up – Do whatever works; some stretching or yoga mat exercises on the patio, or an early morning walk could get your day started with a smile rather than a frown.
Eat more fruits and vegetables – Move away from pizza and burgers, and lighten up your dinners with leafy greens, root vegetables and fiber-filled black or white beans, along with lean meats, salmon or poultry and low-fat dairy. Drink lots of water, tea and pure juices and hold alcohol down to a glass of wine or beer with dinner. Your body will be happier as blood sugar stabilizes and rapid mood swings drop back.
Let rest do its work – Sleeplessness often accelerates anxiety, making it even harder to get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Start with a regular bedtime and cut off caffeine early in the afternoon. Use an air filter to screen noise and ditch all of your blue light electronics as you make your bedroom a sleep haven.
Find the best fitness routines – First check with your doctor for approved exercises and then see what fits you and your schedule. Early morning walks, 15-minute interval walking throughout the day, or a gym routine after work may help you to let go of tension and encourage rest at night.
Explore yoga, tai chi and meditation – Yoga’s breath work may become a daily habit as you deepen and lengthen your breathing, relaxing your mind and your body. Mindfulness meditation after lunch or in the evening and a relaxed tai chi class in a serene outdoor spot may work beautifully to easy your anxiety.
If anxiety persists, you may want to see your doctor and a psychologist to work on the issue.
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