We've all suffered from stress and anxiety at some point in our lives. Anyone who tells you differently is certainly from some other sort of planet, or universe even. Choose to tackle your anxiety head-on. Kick stress and anxiety to the curb. And live your life with a little less chaos with these tips from one anxiety sufferer to another. You might not wake up tomorrow feeling like a zen goddess but after a few weeks, you may just notice some nice little changes that make a big difference to your overall happiness.
Adopt An Attitude Of Gratitude
Say goodbye to stress and anxiety with an attitude of gratefulness. They say that you simply can't be upset when you're in a place of gratitude. Next time stress or anxiety start to creep up on you try to find something to be grateful for. It sounds ridiculous, like duh, if I was feeling all gooey and grateful I wouldn't be stressed. And yes, this is true. But if you make the conscious effort to find something to be grateful for every day, your daily stresses start to seemingly melt away.
Yes, the kids will still wreak havoc. And yeah, hubby will most likely forget to wash up his plates. But if you come at life from a place of gratitude, everything just seems that much sweeter (and less stressy, of course). Each morning wake up and write down 3 things you're grateful for today, do this for a week and see how much better you feel.
Some people use exercise as a form of therapy. And it really, REALLY, can help you get through a long week. It'll make you feel better with a little confidence boost from the physical results of adding exercise into your schedule. Plus, there's actually a whole lot of research that backs up its mood-boosting psychological effects.
Exercise releases endorphins into our brains which can trigger feelings of well-being and euphoria. Don't believe me? You can find some uber interesting facts and all the sciency info behind the 'runner's high' here. Next time you feel like you're losing your chill - work up a sweat, instead of your anxiety levels!
Keep Your Magnesium In Check
The original 'Chill Pill' as they call it. Magnesium has been said to help with both anxiety and depression. Being that the two usually go hand-in-hand, this is a pretty great little remedy to have up your sleeve. We need magnesium for over 600 metabolic functions in our bodies, there's proof that magnesium reduces anxiety and yet over 75% of us are deficient in this vital nutrient.
Magnesium works to increase your state of relaxation, calm anxiety and keep your brain healthy. It reduces GABA and stress hormones, removes heavy metals, and keeps blood sugars stable. There are a whole bunch of ways that magnesium helps with anxiety and depression, which I recommend you read more about here. If you can get your magnesium levels into check, I can attest from personal experience, you will start to feel a huge difference in your everyday life. From better sleep to better stress responses to simply feeling all-around that little bit calmer. Check out the most magnesium-rich foods like spinach and almonds, and stock up!
Soak In Some Essential Oils
When diffused, essential oils also trigger receptors in the brain that increase your overall state of wellbeing. Try diffusing calming oils such as lavender, rose or chamomile in your home. Apart from making the house smell delish, oils can increase serotonin (known to increase mood and produce a utopian feeling) and regulate cortisol (the stress hormone) in our brains.
Try Out EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
The emotional freedom technique tapping incorporates acupuncture remedies to dissolve feelings of stress and anxiety. Just like acupuncture, this technique focuses on your body's energy points to relieve stress and balance your energy. Rather than using needles to realign the energy throughout your body, EFT simply uses your fingertips.
Tapping these energy points is said to work by sending signals to the part of the brain that controls stress. EFT is an alternative treatment that has had some amazing results. The bottom line is, there isn't a lot of solid evidence that this form of acupressure therapy really works, but it's pain-free, actually free (doesn't cost a thing) and takes hardly any time out of your day. So why not give it a go and let us know what you think? Visit Healthline here to see exactly how it works and how you can perform EFT yourself in 5 easy steps.