When you hear the word “anxiety”, what feelings come up for you? Many people think of the symptoms of anxiety first. The most common symptoms are: shakiness or jitteriness (in your hands and feet), nervousness or an extreme feeling of uneasiness (this is the body’s way of preparing itself ahead of time for a stressful event before it takes place), and even stomachaches. There are many types of anxiety disorders; including generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder (otherwise known as SAD). In this country, over 7.1 million people suffer from a form of anxiety. It is very common. With the rise of the Coronavirus, I am sure more and more people are feeling anxious these days. So, how do you beat anxiety symptoms when they manifest? I’ve come up with seven ways to beat anxiety.
I enjoy practicing meditation. I practice guided meditation for ten minutes in the morning. I practice in the morning because that is the most comfortable time for me. There are different types of meditation including Zen, transcendental, and Qigong meditation. In my opinion, guided meditation is easier for those who have never practiced it before. I was in that group. However, I have continued to practice it every day and it does a terrific job at helping me keep my anxiety under control. Once you train yourself to breathe deeply on command, you will naturally get a better hold of your anxiety.
When I am feeling anxious, I often use essential oils. Some essential oils are better at controlling anxiety than others. Two of my favorites are eucalyptus and Frankincense. I diffuse these for fifteen minutes at a time when I am feeling anxious. They help me stay grounded. I only use therapeutic grade, high quality essential oils from Young Living, our affiliate. I will place the link to their website at the end of this post. Another scent I recommend using for anxiety is the Peace and Calming blend. I love vanilla and citrusy scents so this works just great as it is blended with both. I recommend Peace and Calming to aid with feelings of depression too.
Sometimes the feelings of anxiety can be so overwhelming professional help may be needed. If this is the case with you, please relax. There is nothing wrong with seeing a therapist to relieve symptoms of anxiety. Sometimes you might not be able to do it on your own, and that is okay. There are different approaches a therapist might use to help relieve anxiety. These are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and even exposure therapy; among others. CBT will help you challenge negative thoughts that may be causing the anxiety in the first place. I believe this is the most popular method for alleviating the symptoms of anxiety.
4. Try other grounding activities
You want to find positive, distracting activities to help you feel grounded. Besides meditation, my other favorites are exercising (you can still do this at home) and journaling. Some may find it useful to practice mindful eating as well.
5. Positive self-talk
We are usually way too hard on ourselves and try to be “perfect” all the time. Think about how you talk to yourself throughout the day. Catch yourself when you’re being negative and correct the way you talk to yourself. I read somewhere that we are our thoughts!
6. Spend time with your pet
If you have a pet, snuggle with them. Pets, dogs especially, will most likely already know when you are feeling anxious and will want to help by snuggling with you. Studies show that when we hug or pet our dogs and cats, it reduces the chemicals in our bodies that induce stress. This is why we end up feeling more calm and relaxed after we have pet a dog or cat.
7. Adult coloring books
This is another grounding activity, and is surprisingly very good at relieving stress. It is also peaceful and distracting. It is a good way to pass the time while you are feeling anxious. It is a very popular activity right now and many adults are doing it.
I hope this list is helpful. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are offering online appointments. You can now utilize the services Core3 offers from the comfort of your home. If you are experiencing the symptoms of anxiety during this stressful time, please reach out to us. We are more than happy to help. Give us a call today to schedule your complimentary 20-minute consultation. (888) 203-0113. If you love aromatherapy and would like to purchase high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils use our affiliate link: https://www.myyl.com/core3tx
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