10 Tips For Beating Anxiety
We're living in a time of unprecedented and disruptive anxiety and change. On one hand its an incredible opportunity to learn and grow, but on the other its unbelievably stressful and challenging.
Anxiety levels run high as we learn to adapt, all the while trying to project an image of calmness and grace to the world.
The result? We spend lots of time feeling overwhelmed and really just plain unhappy. Our bodies respond as if in a life-threatening situation by releasing adrenal hormones like cortisol and adrenaline into our blood to help us cope. But nature only intended these mechanisms for emergencies, and prolonged release leads to serious health problems.
So, what can you do to get your life and your health back? We'd love to have you visit us at Alchemy Radiant Health for one of our amazing Stress Buster treatment programs! Until then, here are ten excellent tips we've put together to help you bust your anxiety and put a smile on your face!
Its an incredible opportunity to learn and grow!
1. Supercharge Your Diet with healthy balanced meals that enhance your mood.
Limit alcohol and coffee intake, because both aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. Instead, develop a “green tea habit”! High quality green teas are high in antioxidants and provide a natural mental “high” that will help you power through your day.
Changes in diet take a few days to get used to – so if you feel a little discomfort or irritation just hang in there until the dust settles – you'll be really happy when you come out the other side!
2. Build a Relaxation Practice Into Your Life
Anything you can do to connect the whole of you together will make you feel much better. Try regular exercise or yoga or meditation and make it a habit 3 times a week. A side benefit is that you'll very likely find that you dream up some of your most brilliant ideas while you're not actually thinking!
3. Volunteer to Help Others Less Fortunate
Humans are naturally at their best and happiest when they are giving to and receiving from life in a balanced way. There is nothing more powerful that when you extend your heart to a person in need through service, or learn to accept help from others when you are in need. There are so many organizations needing help, so thing about trying this.
4. Build a Community or Relax With Family
In earlier cultures, before life became so fast, tribes and families would spend quality time together sharing food, stories, and experiences. This is something we all relate to as humans and its an essential part of a happy healthy life because we are all interconnected. Be sure to make time every week to connect with family or friends. If you're going through a lonely time you can always join a local club or community group. Hiking and arts/crafts are great places to start!
5. Enjoy Lots of Sleep for Anxiety Relief
Nothing could be further from the truth in fact. Seven to nine hours sleep per day is essential – not only to avoid stress, but also to have the best and most creative ideas. If you want to do something amazing with your life, by all means work hard – but work smart and get lots of sleep and anxiety relief to allow you to access those deep pools of inspiration – just like Einstein did!
6. Do Something You Love
7. Limit Exposure to Smart Phones
We weren't born with smart phones attached to our heads, so why would anyone think its a good idea to do that voluntarily for long period each day. Looking at a screen all day – especially a small screen also leads to visual stress and headaches. You need to manage your devices – not the other way around!
8. Spend Time in Nature
Nature is the anti-cell phone – an ultimate form of anxiety relief. If you've ever camped out in a forest of giant redwoods, you'll have no difficulty understanding what we mean. There is a natural order to nature, and when we immerse ourselves in it, it can bring true peace, and the opportunity to reflect on the positive changes we need to make to be more happy and fulfilled. Try it! It doesn't matter much whether you choose an ocean or a forest or a desert – whats important is to stay away from technology and just enjoy each moment.
9. Try Natural Anxiety Relief Solutions
Prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical drugs can have a very powerful positive effect when you're in the midst of a major physical or emotional health crisis. But while they have their place, they also have quite negative physical and psychological side effects when they are used continuously. They can be quite addictive if used regularly over a long time and thus you might have to visit a drug recovery centre to get rid of its addiction. Next time you see a TV ad for a medication, just listen to the racy voice at the end warning of all the possible side-effects! You'll need some anxiety relief just for that! If you're feeling stressed or anxious there are natural medications that are far less taxing on your body. Try a herbal tea that has Kava Kava, or Valerian Root and you'll feel nicely chill without the aftermath.
10. Consult a Professional
All the techniques we've outlined above have powerful anxiety relief effects if you keep at them. But there comes a time when you should consider getting professional help. At Alchemy Radiant Health, we trust in the body’s innate wisdom to self-correct almost all health problems when given the appropriate natural treatments and guidance. Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for stress and anxiety that helps your body take back control. A program of treatments will help to reset the body’s nervous system and allow you move ahead on a new and more positive path. Call us today on 760-944-6400 to learn how we can help.
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