Anxiety is different for everyone. For some of you, maybe you just go into overdrive, unable to sit still. For others, maybe you totally shut down and can’t complete a task. However it manifests, you have the power to change your situation.
But for those of us who tend towards anxious thoughts, worry, and stress, there are natural, safe, and effective ways to heal your body and soothe your mind.
The biggest step in my journey was recognizing and acknowledging the power within my mind and body to heal. Although It’s not always simple nor easy, and I recognize the need for medication in some circumstances.
Stress VS Anxiety
Stress is your body’s response to a threat, whether it is physical or emotional, real or perceived. This causes a hormonal change in your body (aka increased cortisol), which leads you down a rabbit trail of other imbalances.
Anxiety, on the other hand, is rooted in an emotional response to something that may or may not actually happen. Anxiety is when you feel like you’ve lost control and are uneasy about the future. It can also be a general feeling of restlessness, distracted-ness, or trouble sleeping.
Here are a few ways to reduce and diffuse them both.
SET BOUNDARIES: Watch where you spend your time and energy if something isn't serving you then adjust accordingly. My favorite motto is: If it doesn't bring you joy, money, or an orgasm let that shit go!
ESSENTIAL OILS: Essential oils are powerful mood interrupters. Simply inhaling their aroma can completely change your perspective and set the stage to successfully reduce anxious feelings!
SELF CARE RITUALS: self-care is the key. If you are going nonstop all the time, of course your brain is going to lose its ability to rest. Having things you do each and every day will restore order to your scattered brain and help your neurons fire in predictable patterns to keep you in control. Start your day with morning rituals that affirm your value. Intersperse self-care moments throughout your day to keep you feeling refreshed. End your day with self-love.
MEDITATE, PRAY, OR USE BREATHING TECHNIQUES OR DO YOGA: Spending some time in your own head may be intimidating. I know when I started my meditation practice, it was hard to spend that much time with myself in silence.