6 Natural Ways To Manage Anxiety
Anxiety and issues around mental health seem to be growing within our society at an alarming rate. Whatever stimulus we want to point the finger at for causing the rise, we still have to find ways of managing our symptoms when they begin to creep in.
However, it’s important to recognize the difference between nerves and anxiety. Sometimes small dosages of worry are really logical and no need for alarm. If it’s a week before an exam or a test, or you have a big meeting at work coming up, those butterflies in your stomach are normal. If those butterflies are constant, the stressor isn’t obvious and it’s affecting your day to day functioning - that’s anxiety. It’s a horrible feeling to carry around with you for a consistent amount of time, and not to mention exhausting.
Going to the doctor can lead you to options like talking therapy and sometimes medication which can seem scary and daunting. There are also many holistic methods you can try to ease the symptoms first, or use in addition to medical assistance. This week, Team Organica has been researching 6 natural ways to manage anxiety, to help keep you feeling your natural best. Battles with mental health are becoming the norm in society, but you don’t have to suffer in silence. This Mindful March, why not give the below advice a try, and start on your journey to feeling confidently you again?
As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Talk through your worries with a friend, a stranger on a helpline, or a professional (doctor, healer or therapist). Communication is key for offloading and it might feel like a scary thing to do, but in the long run, it might help the clouds clear a little and in turn, help your mind settle.
Research suggests that staying active can help burn off that anxious energy. It’s also touted as a long term fix. Regular exercise can help keep anxiety symptoms at bay for hours after you finish working out, as well as provide a host of other physical benefits too. Don’t know where to start? Take a look at our recent blog ‘The 8 exercise classes you need to try!’
If you find talking through your problems difficult, have you tried writing them down? Anything from journaling to creative writing can help support living with anxiety. In every article, blog and charity page out there, it’s continuously stressed that finding a way to express your feelings is key in mental health management, so why not put pen to paper and see where it takes you?
Scents such as lavender, vanilla, chamomile, coffee, and roses can help with anxiety.
Why not take a moment to breathe in your coffee tomorrow morning and notice its fragrant, aromatic character? The smell of coffee has been proven to lead to a calming effect on the body. Or what about sipping on a soothing chamomile herbal tea mid-afternoon on a busy day? Chamomile can help lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Other scents that can also be helpful in alleviating anxiety are cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, orange, peach, and violet leaf.
Our popular Pure Mind aromatherapy roll-on includes Lavender and Roman Chamomile and countless studies point to both of these essential oils' superb abilities to ease anxiety and melt away stress. It's also infused with Lemongrass and Marjoram, and both of these scents can relieve feelings of anxiety and ease muscle tension by improving blood circulation.
Essential oils work in two ways: inhalation and absorption - so to get the most out of your oil roller, we recommend applying the roller to the pulse points which are behind the ears, temples, neck, inside of the elbow and wrists. The greater the size of the areas covered, the more product gets absorbed. Then, take a few moments to deeply inhale the Pure Mind scent with a couple of deep breaths: through your nose and out through your mouth.
Spending time with animals can bring great comfort to stressed and anxious humans. Simply petting, grooming, hugging or playing with a pet can ease the symptoms of anxiety. If having a pet is impossible for you due to being at work full time, why not volunteer at a shelter once a month on the weekend? If allergies are holding you back, remember the animals you care for don’t have to be furry!
Insomnia is a common symptom of anxiety. Make sleep a priority by trying to practice the following:
- Refrain from using your phone, tablet or computer whilst in bed. Also, don’t watch television in bed either. All of these are stimulants: the blue light emitted from screens can slow, or completely stop, the production of melatonin, the hormone that signals to our brain that it's time for bed. Try reading instead.
- If you can’t sleep, don’t toss or turn. Go to another room until you feel sleepy.
- Eat a smaller meal in the evening, and avoid caffeine and nicotine before bedtime. Your body will stay awake to process them otherwise.
- Try to head to bed at the same time each night to teach your body routine.
- Try to maintain a cool temperature in your bedroom and get blackout curtains to keep out the light.
- Try the Organica Dream Lotion. Our divine Dream Lotion is scientifically formulated to help you fall asleep quickly. Infused with natural lavender oil, it works synergistically to put you into a deeper and more restful sleep and many of the organic ingredients like bergamot oil and cedarwood promote a sense of relaxation and stress relief.
Anxiety doesn’t have to dominate your life. If natural methods aren’t doing the trick, make sure to check in with your doctor about other options to help you cope.
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