How To get Rid Of Recurring Stress and Anxiety Naturally
Recurring stress and anxiety interfere with a person’s ability to relax and function, disrupting the flow of their home, work, and personal lives. The person experiences an incredible amount of fear and panic attacks due to feelings of impending doom that paralyze them, keeping them from achieving much. Fortunately, this condition is treatable, and natural remedies exist.
Here’s how to treat stress and anxiety naturally:
1. Practice Mindfulness And Meditation
The primary goal of meditation and mindfulness is to bring a person to a full awareness of the present moment. It slows all their racing thoughts, making achieving a sense of calm easier. You only notice the ideas that come in, without necessarily pondering or acting on them. Although this does not stop the flow of negative thoughts, it puts you in charge of your thought patterns, making you selective of the issues you wish to engage your brain in.
Many people experience positive anxiety and mood changes from mindfulness and meditation practices. A study confirmed this with its findings from investigating the effects of therapy centered around mindfulness by finding a significant correlation between reduced anxiety and mindful practices. Mindfulness and medication are, therefore, effective antidepressants.
2. Have A Clean, Well-Balanced Diet
Diet has been shown to influence a person’s thought process, body functioning, and even behavior. For example, a poor diet can bring up anxiety symptoms like fatigue, irritability, and fluctuating blood sugar levels that may cause jitters and nervousness.
The chemicals used to process food, like artificial coloring, flavorings, and preservatives, may cause some people to have sporadic moods. A high-calorie diet also impacts temperament and may cause you to have obsessive thoughts surrounding different life issues. For example, if a person has been gaining weight from a high-calorie diet, they may start to have thoughts of self-doubt, low esteem, and a feeling of worthlessness, all of which raise their stress and anxiety.
It would help if you switched up these foods with a balanced diet that is rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, vegetables, and fruits. Do away with processed foods and hydrate. Be sure to include foods rich in magnesium, calcium, vitamin B, and omega-3 in your diet, as they improve anxiety symptoms. Some examples of these foods include legumes, beans, sea vegetables, eggs, seeds, nuts, and wild-caught fish.
Regular exercise is not only good for your physical health but also for your mental health. A study investigating the effects of exercise and physical activity on anxiety found that participants who engaged at a high level were sheltered from developing anxiety. There are many possible reasons for this finding. First, as you engage in physical activity, you turn your attention away from thoughts that make you anxious to concentrate on the physical activity itself. The second reason is that exercise initiates the production of endorphins, the feel-good hormones that take your mind off the issues you’re concerned about and cause you to feel happy.
Regarding the type of exercise that is most useful for relieving stress and anxiety, it’s a matter of personal preference. If you want to start slow, low-impact workouts like walking, swimming, yoga, dancing, biking, or low-impact aerobics will do. If you’re going to speed up your heart rate, jump rope, power walking, stair climbing, running, or high-intensity interval training (HIIT) will do.
4. Use Cannabis and Its Products
Cannabis and cannabis products can help ease the mind and relieve anxiety or stress. But, with retailers stocking thousands of products, you might have difficulty determining which product to use for relaxation and anxiety relief. Cannabis 101 says there are three cannabis strains (indica, sativa, and hybrid), and each strain has its designated use, depending on the active compounds, the cannabinoids, it carries.
Indica strains produce a body high that provokes a deep relaxation feeling that could even make you feel sleepy or ‘couch-locked.’ These strains are great for chilling out or for when you want to go to bed. Most stressed persons have difficulty falling asleep, and this strain could make relaxing and falling asleep easier.
Sativa strains produce an energetic and uplifting feeling. They are also great mood boosters and help maintain focus and hold conversations. Since sativa strains have cerebral-focused effects, they are great for taking during the day when undertaking creative and social activities. If you fear interacting with people or public speaking, sativa-based products can help wear the anxiety off.
Hybrid strains are produced from crossing Sativa and Indica strains. Each has a different effect depending on the concentration of cannabis active compounds, CBD and THC. Some strains have a balanced impact, while others lean one way or the other. Check their descriptions to determine which product is best for you.
You can buy cannabis products online, but the legality of your purchase depends on your State’s laws. For most States, these products are legal so long as the product has less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. But there are also other products with cannabinoids besides THC and CBD, like THC-P, HHC, Delta-10, or Delta-8 online. Only be careful not to exceed the legal concentration limits of where you live.
5. Prioritize Rest
Over time, quality sleep has been proven crucial to good mental health. A research study by the University of Berkley found that sleep deprivation, a common symptom of anxiety disorders, amplifies anticipatory anxiety by increasing activity in the brain regions associated with excessive worry, like the amygdala and the insular cortex. The result is an abnormal neural activity often related to anxiety disorders. For people with innate worries, those naturally prone to anxiety, a lack of sleep develops the condition into a full-blown anxiety disorder.
To counter the effects of sleep deprivation, a person should have a proper sleep pattern. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night, and this will significantly reduce your stress and fatigue. It also prevents moodiness and balances your hormones.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are habits that should make sleeping easier:
- Do not use electronic gadgets in bed
- Avoid watching TV or reading in bed
- If anything is on your mind, write it down before getting into bed
- Avoid large meals, caffeine, and nicotine just before bed
- Keep the bedroom cool and dark
- Sleep only at night
- Go to sleep at the same time every night
6. Deep Breathing
Panic and anxiety are associated with shallow, fast breathing. In contrast, deep breathing, called diaphragmatic breathing, is associated with reducing cortisol, the stress hormone.
So, whenever you start to feel afraid, anxious, or stressed, deliberately begin taking deep, slow breaths. There is a technique behind it. Breathe slowly, counting from one to four, hold your breath for another four, breathe out slowly for four, and hold again for four before taking another deep breath. Repeat the process until you have calmed down.
7. Seek Support
In your quest to resolve stress and anxiety, it’s important to involve others. Let family, friends, colleagues, and even professional therapists know what you are experiencing and help you where they can. For example, a therapist may take you through cognitive behavioral therapy, a psychotherapeutic treatment that helps individuals identify the underlying thoughts that influence their feelings and actions. The therapist will help you adjust your thought patterns and reactions, making it easier to handle stressful situations.
It would also help if you joined a local support group to connect with other people dealing with stress and anxiety. You may feel less isolated, lonely, or judged because you have an open and honest conversation with people going through the same issues. The people there may also teach you some useful coping skills.
Try These Natural Remedies
Using the above remedies, you can calm down fear, anxiety, and stress naturally. However, if you still feel anxious and stressed, seek medical assistance. Natural remedies are quite helpful, but they do not replace professional intervention where it’s needed.
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