Friday, February 26, 2016

5 Natural and Simple Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety is an awful condition to suffer from, and what’s worse, it can sometimes get so severe that it can be crippling and debilitating, and can also lead to even more serious conditions such as extreme stress or depression. Of course, it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious from time to time, and some of us may even be more anxious than others, but if anxiety persists, or if it is extreme, it can potentially ruin lives, or at least make life miserable for a considerable amount of time. The good news however, is that it can naturally be reduced, so here’s a look at 5 natural ways to reduce anxiety.

Eat breakfast – Breakfast isn’t just called the most important meal of the day to sell cereal, it is called the most important meal of the day because it is. Studies show that people, who regularly skip breakfast, are far more likely to suffer from anxiety and similar conditions, than those who regularly eat it. This is because each morning by eating breakfast, you are providing fuel, energy, and nutrients to the body and organs, including the brain, which can then help with the secretion of hormones that help to calm the body and mind.

Visualize something calming – The next time you feel an anxiety attack coming on, experts recommend trying visualization exercises in which you try to visualize something calming and soothing in your mind. You may like to visualize yourself up on a mountain surrounded by quiet and stunning woodland, or perhaps on a hot beach, as the sea gently laps at your feet. Visualize your surroundings, focus on the calming elements, and you’ll quickly begin to feel much better.

Try aromatherapy – Aromatherapy has been used for healing and medicinal purposes for many centuries now, and it is still used to this day. Many essential oils contain compounds that help to soothe the body and the mind, promoting feelings of rest and relaxation, whilst helping to naturally promote the increased production of endorphins and serotonin hormones, which help lift the mood. Aromatherapy gifts are more popular than ever before, so why not treat yourself or a loved one to one, and simply inhale the oils via a diffuser, or even add a few drops to a hot bath.

Take a warm bath before bed – Right before you get into bed, take a warm and relaxing bath, preferably with the addition of a few essential oils, with Lavender and Rosemary proving especially useful.  A warm bath will soothe your aching muscles, will help you to unwind and relax, and will therefore help prevent your mind from racing when you try to sleep. A good night’s sleep is also a great way of helping to reduce anxiety so it’s a win-win.

Lead a healthy lifestyle – Finally, the last thing you can do to help ensure that your anxiety levels remain as low as possible is to try to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Cut out junk food and bad habits, and instead try to eat and drink healthy produce, whilst getting more exercise and physical activity. Not only will you be flooding your body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients, but you will also help to prevent toxins and harmful ingredients from making their way into your system, which in turn will help make you far less anxious.

Drink green tea, which contains L-theanine a water-soluble amino acid that is found in tealeaves. Drinking green tea helps many people reduce stress and anxiety as well as curbing rising heart rate and blood pressure. 

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