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6 Holistic Strategies for Treating Anxiety

6 Holistic Strategies for Treating Anxiety

You have fought anxiety for as long as you can remember. Worry weighs on your shoulders day in and day out. It can wear you down, make you feel exhausted, and rob you of a good night's sleep. You can't even relax. It's like you're always expecting something bad to happen. You've had enough. It's time to take charge with a holistic approach to conquer your anxiety once and for all.

Find Inner Peace

When anxiety takes over, it unleashes a storm inside of you. Your mind runs in circles, replaying negative thoughts that keep you from enjoying the here and now. Calming strategies can help you to settle your mind. Meditation is one of the most effective ways to create a peaceful emotional state. Try getting up early every day to sit in a quiet place where you can think soothing thoughts. You can play relaxing music or find an online video that focuses on creating positive energy. Set aside another time to meditate before you go to bed. Consider playing relaxing music, white noise, the sound of rainfall, or ocean sounds when you turn out the lights. You can take control of your mind.

Be Physically Active

Get into the habit of being active every day. You might go to the gym or work out in your living room. Taking a walk outside can help you to clear your head. It's even better when you walk with your pet, partner, or friend. Ride your bike or go for a swim. Be adventurous when you have a day off as you branch out into other pastimes you love. You'll distract yourself from your problems, take care of your health, and promote the production of positive neurochemicals in your brain.

Watch What You Put in Your Body

Alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine can contribute to your feelings of anxiety. Try to eliminate them or limit your daily intake of these substances. If you can't make it through the day without your cup of coffee, try a brand that cuts the caffeine in half or switch to decaffeinated coffee. Limit any sodas that have caffeine. Ginger ale, root beer, and fruit-flavored sodas offer you a better alternative. Water should be your go-to beverage. Restrict alcoholic beverages to an occasional drink on a special occasion. Nicotine is a no-no. If you smoke, getting a handle on your anxiety is a great reason to quit. Pay attention to your diet as well. When you eat healthy foods, your mind will thank you.

Commit to a Regular Sleep Routine

Your mind and body need their rest. Lack of sleep can take a toll on you in many ways, including turning up your anxiety level. Think back to when you were a child. Your parents established a regular time for you to go to bed to ensure you slept well. Do the same as an adult. Figure out the best time for you to go to sleep so you will get anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. The more sleep you get, the better your emotional state will be. Make sure your room is cool and dark. Let everyone else know you are off limits once it is time to sleep. Try playing soft music or a soothing ambiance channel if you do best with something gentle to help you rest. Sleeping well will have a positive impact on every area of your life.

Don't Forget to Breathe

Breathing is a lost art for many people. They forget how important it is to get enough oxygen to function best. The next time you feel worried or nervous about something, stop. Close your eyes. Take in a deep breath and let it out. Repeat the process at least three times. Try and clear your mind as you do, simply concentrating on each breath you take. Imagine your fears and worries going away every time you exhale. Draw positive thoughts your way each time you inhale.

Talk to a Professional

If your efforts to manage your anxiety aren't working well enough, consider turning to an expert. Online therapy allows you to gain a new perspective on your problems. A professional can help you to cut big issues down to size. You can also learn about other effective ways to cope with anxiety to improve your well-being.

You don't have to let anxiety control you. You have many choices you can make to improve your emotional and mental state. Be consistent as you combine strategies that will help you feel better. Every day will take you one step closer toward a brighter outlook on life.


This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Sierra Powell.

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