5 Ways to Find More Balance in Life #AZO #AZGirl #OwnYourDay You've heard people mention it. You see many experts touting their various ways to achieve it. But does true balance in life exist? The...
Natural Ways To Overcome Anxiety
Natural Ways To Overcome Anxiety
We live in a fast-paced and often chaotic world. Our minds are constantly stimulated by too much information, and when we add that to the regular ups and downs of everyday life, it can leave many of us feeling ridden with anxiety. Anxiety issues affect almost twenty percent of the US adult population every year. For some people, it comes and goes, and for others, it remains, day in and day out, year after year. Fortunately, there are ways that we can try and deal with and overcome our anxiety naturally. Let's explore that a little further.
Unplug From Social Media
Social media can have many benefits, and it's a great way to stay connected with friends and family as we all have moved to different corners of the country or maybe even the world. It's also fun to share your adventures and have a place you can return to relive beautiful memories you've experienced in travels or your own backyard. Instagram is almost like a pocket-sized digital photo frame if you think about it.
But, another reality is that sometimes, spending too much time on social media networking sites can leave you feeling isolated and in a negative mindset. So, it's a good idea to unplug from social media as often as you can. Whether that looks like setting strict limits like only looking at it once a week or setting time limits per day, the world will not end if you don't check your social media platforms – but your anxiety will lessen.
Breathwork, Meditation, Or Prayer
Whatever medium you trust to help keep you grounded, it's a good idea to turn to that in times of anxiety. If you are a believer, prayer can be a powerful tool in your tool kit. If that's not your style, just grounding yourself through powerful breathwork is an excellent anxiety reducer. Meditation is another way not only to center yourself but to calm anxiety and provide you tools to overcome it as well.
If you're new to breathwork and meditation, many online platforms are available to teach you and strengthen this skill set. Many of them are free. So, whether you're a novice, intermediate, or even well-seasoned meditator, it's a good idea to have at least one app that you know you can turn to when you're feeling overwhelmed. Though we may not always be able to pin down the causes of our anxiety, it's great to know how to combat it!
Rewarding Yourself From Time To Time
The same way positive reinforcement works for children, it works for us as adults too. So on days where you've felt particularly anxious, and you've overcome it whether through breathwork or exercise or any other manner, go ahead and treat yourself! Maybe there are some bikini sets that you've been lusting after; go ahead and splurge! It could even be as simple as treating yourself to a decadent dessert you might not usually order or make. But, go ahead and positively reinforce the hard work and commitment you have made to strengthen your mental health.
Exercise Does A Body Good
In the same way, exercise is excellent for our physical health, and it does incredible things for anxiety levels. So, if you can, get out there for a brisk walk or a nice jog. If that's not your style, yoga and pilates can be very relaxing and grounding. But, exercise has been proven to release powerful chemicals in the brain that help you combat those feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, so make sure you prioritize your mental health by taking charge of your physical health.
Natural Supplements Can Help
If your anxiety is mild and occasional, there are natural supplements that have been shown to help with anxiety. Things like CBD oil have been touted to really help people suffering. You can also consider incorporating passionflower supplements into your daily routine. Of course, suppose you're on regular prescription medication. In that case, it's a good idea to check in with your doctor or, at minimum, a pharmacist to ensure no interactions the supplements may have with your other medications.
Recognize, however, that sometimes anxiety can't be controlled naturally alone. While there is nothing wrong with taking a holistic approach to finding balance and an anxiety-free life, reach out to your GP, a therapist, or psychiatrist if you are genuinely struggling. There is nothing wrong with needing prescription medication to help you through the rough seasons of life. And remember, if no one told you today, you are loved, and you are enough. Here's to your health!