Natural ways to lessen anxiety
Looking for natural ways to cope with anxiety? Searching for practical approaches to calm your mood and create balance? Hoping to add something practical to the work you may already being doing in counseling?
Here’s 7 natural ways to lower your anxiety that might surprise you.
1. Shift your attention
Sometimes, worries may overwhelm you. The problem stems from paying attention to concerns. You concentrate on them at the expense of other events in life. As a result, they feel like the only important thing you experience.
When anxiety strikes, remind yourself not to over-think your concerns. Say to yourself “I choose not to focus on this topic,” and shift your attention to your breath.
Mindful breathing, when you follow your breath as you inhale and exhale deeply, can help you move your attention away from worrying.
2. Write about your worries
Worries sometimes repeat themselves as though you don’t recognize them unless you take action. Put your concerns in black and white and they won’t stick in your mind. Record daily thoughts in a journal, and make a note of concerns when they arise to stop them resurfacing later.
3. Increase laughter
You can’t worry and be happy at the same time. Make sure you carry out light, amusing activities daily. Go to comedy shows, watch funny movies, and meet with friends who make you laugh.
Aim for deep guffaws and feel-good hormones will flood you with well-being.
4. Dance away anxiety
Dancing aids happy hormone production and releases tension. Shake, bounce, and groove away pressure and sadness to upbeat music.
If you can’t dance yourself into a happy state, imagine doing so. See yourself moving to a calypso beat or breakdancing and your mood will improve.
5. Soothe your nerves
Walk among nature and soak up peaceful surroundings as you take deep, slow breaths to lift the blues. You can also ease anxiety with acts of self-care like taking hot bubble baths, listening to calming music, and being massaged.
Sit, or lie comfortably, close your eyes, and listen to your breath. When unwanted thoughts pop into your head, think “there’s a thought,” and let it continue on its journey like a cloud in the breeze.
Return your attention to your breath or the relaxation spreading throughout your body.
7. Use creative visualization
Relax somewhere comfortable and shut your eyes. Picture a beautiful scene, a landscape or sandy beach, perhaps. Use your senses to make your inner vision clear and realistic. If you imagine the beach, for instance, smell the salty air and hear seagulls call.
Listen to the waves and imagine what the water would feel like on your feet if you paddled along the shoreline.
Anxiety will only be a problem if you allow it to take over your mind and body. Carry out one or more of the natural suggestions mentioned, though, and stress will lift, leaving you calm and content.