Trying to eliminate anxiety from your life can be a difficult task. Sometimes you will try anything it takes. But, certain remedies are better than others. If you can feel better with natural relief, over depending on medication, that is your best bet. But, that is not to say that medication doesn’t have a place. Some people may need medication to help them, it all depends on what works best for you. Below I will go over the best ways for natural help with anxiety. These are some techniques that can make you feel better and live a life free of anxiety.
ONE: Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises are a great way to make sure you are breathing properly. They allow you to sit back and take some deep breaths. Sometimes the root source of your anxiety may be from your breathing. This means you may breathe too quickly, irregular, or incorrectly. You want to make sure you’re breathing from your abdomen, rather than your chest. Often times someone with anxiety will subconsciously breathe from their chest, and this can cause more anxiety and more anxiety. If you take steady breaths from you abdomen, you are more likely to breathe in a relaxing pattern. Often when you tense up you tend to breathe from you chest, and this can make anxiety much worse. But, don’t fret! It’s easy to work out. A few times a day simply take note of your breathing. Notice where you’re breathing from and if it’s fast or slow. Also, practice taking deep breaths from your abdomen. Slowly breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Taking note of your breathing a few times a day helps you get in a routine of breathing better. To learn deep breathing exercises that help with anxiety follow the steps here.
Meditation is an excellent way to learn to live in the present moment. It helps you focus and not let other things distract you. Meditation takes practice. When you first start trying to meditate you will often get distracted and lose your focus. But, with time you will get really good at meditating. You will notice that as you get good at meditating you will feel less tense. It seems like the more advanced you become the easier it is to put your focus away from worries, and your anxiety will begin to heal. Meditation makes you feel like you are in a different world, a calm world. This calmness is a great feeling when you’re used to feeling anxious all the time. Watch the video below to learn how to meditate to relieve anxiety.
THREE: Weighted Blankets
If you have trouble sleeping or trouble falling asleep and suffer from anxiety, a weighted blanket may be beneficial. A weighted blanket has weighted (usually glass) beads inside of it. This weight helps you feel comforted, almost like you are cuddling, and therefore your body feels more relaxed. The relaxation this blanket gives makes it easy for your to fall asleep and sleep more sound. Many people find that weighted blankets help them sleep a full nights sleep, when they used to wake up every couple hours. You can find weighted blankets in small throw sizes or large bed sizes. I recommend using the bed sizes because these will cover your entire body even if you move frequently. They give you more surface area, so you don’t feel like a body part will accidentally poke out. It’s not fun when your foot pokes out of the end of the blanket, and that causes you to wake up. My favorite blanket can be found here, it is soft and the weight stays even. Weighted blankets provide a pressure that truly makes you feel at ease. If you have any sleeping issues due to anxiety, you may want to check one out!
FOUR: Essential Oils on the Go
Essential oils can be beneficial, especially when you struggle with stress and anxiety. If you have a diffuser in your home, this is great! But, you may want to take essential oils with you when you are out and about. This is great because then you can bring the healing benefits of oils when you leave your home. There are a few ways this can be done. The first one is through roll-on oils. With most roll-on oils you can simply roll some oil on your wrist and you’re good to go. Do not put any regular undiluted bottles of essential oils directly onto your skin. This can be harmful. Make sure you are using a roll-on that is meant to be directly applied to the skin, and never use undiluted bottles. Another way to bring oils with you, and my personal favorite way, is through diffuser jewelry. This jewelry looks like a pretty accessory, but doubles as an essential oil diffuser. All you do is drop a few drops of your favorite oil on the lava (or wood) beads, and you’re good to go.
Learn more about diffuser jewelry here, and learn about other jewelry that reduces anxiety as well.
FIVE: Playing (yes, you read that right!)
Sometimes when you have anxiety you might think too much, and an easy way to forget about your worries is to play. Yes, play away your worries. Often times people forget to let loose and have a little fun. When I say play I’m talking about going outside and throwing a ball around, swimming on a swing, or anything else you might have found fun when you were a kid. You will probably notice you still find it to be fun now! When you play you forget about your worries. If you are siting and thinking too much, this can make anxiety worse and worse. The best way to get your mind out of your head, is to play. This is a simple, yet very effective way to decrease anxiety and stress. If you spend a ton of time watching TV or siting looking at your phone, consider spending more time playing. When you are siting, or bored, your mind tends to think too much and worry starts to turn into more worry and so on. This can make you one anxious person. Try spending an hour each day playing something fun, try out a few different things and see which ones you like best. Read the list below for some play ideas.
- Throw a ball to a friend or onto a garage and back to you
- Swing on a swing
- Go for a walk
- Shoot some hoops
- Ride a bike
- Go for a hike
- Throw a frisbee
- Play bag toss or corn hole
- Jump rope
- Play ping-pong
- Play tennis
- Play volleyball
- Do yoga
- Go sledding
- Roll down a hill
- Run through a sprinkler
- Skip around your house
- Play hop scotch
- Play tetherball
- Metal detecting
- And so many more…
You CAN Get Past Your Anxiety
There are many natural ways that can help you. Don’t feel like you must go straight to using medication. Sometimes all it takes is finding the right natural technique that is best for you. That’s not to say that there aren’t people that will still need medication. But, try out some natural ways to relieve anxiety and you might find yourself feeling less anxious. Natural help with anxiety can benefit you and make your body feel great. There ARE ways that don’t involve medication that CAN make you feel less tense, and at ease. Test them out and see how they make you feel.
If you have any questions, ask them below. I’m always happy to help!
Check out this article if you’re interested in self-help cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety!