1) GET SOME SUNLIGHT
Staying indoors for long periods of time can be bad for your mental health. If you’re starting to feel anxious, it may be a good idea to go outside. You don’t have to sit outside for a crazy long amount of time. Even just sitting outside for 15 minutes can have an extraordinarily positive effect. Sunlight causes your brain to produce more of the mood-lifting chemical serotonin. This is why getting some sun makes you feel happy.
If you do not get enough sunlight, it can take a psychological toll on you. Your body needs the vitamin D that the sunlight provides. A lack of vitamin D may lead to anxiety. Make sure that you are getting enough vitamin D.
2) GO TO THE GYM
If you are anything like me, reading the words ‘go to the gym’ doesn’t exactly evoke positive emotions. That’s because you probably associate it with losing weight. However, I would like you to stop thinking about exercise in those terms. Don’t approach exercise from a weight loss perspective, approach from a happiness perspective. The number that appears when you stand on a scale isn’t important to me. The only thing that is important to me is that you’re happy.
Exercising is a fantastic idea for anyone no matter how fit. Getting exercise is never a bad idea, just as long as you don’t overdo it. (Can you guess why? Hint: The answer appears in the title of this blog post.) Don’t dread exercise because you are associating it with losing weight. Look forward to working out because you know how happy it will make you.
Science has shown that people who are exercise have lower rates of anxiety than those who don’t exercise.
3) GO FOR A WALK
I LOVE going for walks outside. It’s just me, nature, and the soundtrack for the musical Hamilton. I can listen to my music and imagine myself as Angelica Schuyler. Because let’s face it, with my singing ability, it’s the closest that I’m ever going to get to a Broadway stage.
Exercising has a positive effect on your mental health. If you are struggling with anxiety and/or depression, I would recommend daily exercise. Obviously, you can choose to work out at a gym. However, I prefer outside exercise because sunlight is also something that helps with anxiety and depression.
Even just going on a ten-minute walk can do tremendous amounts of good. A simple walk may deliver several hours of relief from anxiety.
4) DRINK MORE WATER
Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. Drinking water can help you better control and cope with your anxiety. Not to mention, being dehydrated can sometimes cause anxiety.
5) DRINK TEA
Drinking tea is a great way to relieve your anxiety for a few hours.
My two favorite teas that I use to relieve my anxiety with are chamomile tea and green tea. I LOVE flavored green tea because of its great taste and many health benefits.
6) EPSOM SALTS
Sometimes when I’m feeling anxious at nighttime, I’ll wind down the day by taking a bath. When I do this, I like to mix lavender epsom salt in with the bath water. It’s so relaxing. It always helps de-stress me.
Lavender epsom salt is really great. It does an especially great job of soothing my because lavender is also a natural remedy for anxiety. So you’re getting two natural remedies for anxiety in one. (Giving anxiety a real punch in the gut, which is what it deserves after everything it’s put you. Take that anxiety.)
7) TRY JOURNALING
I know you may be thinking that you don’t have time to journal. I used to feel the same way. For a long time, I had heard that journaling helps improve mental health. But to be honest, it took a while me hearing it before I gave it a try. But I’m glad that I did.
The reason why I was reluctant is that the word ‘journaling’ made me think of all the failed attempts at keeping a diary. And so I was assuming (wrongly) that journaling wouldn’t work for me.
However, once I started journaling, I found myself wanting to journal more. I liked journaling so much that I got a journal app for my phone. The app ensures that even if I’m out and about, I am still about to write my feelings as they’re happening.
Keeping something where you write down your feelings helps. It’s a great outlet. I would highly recommend it.
Science has shown that there is a link between having anxiety and having low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids. For this reason, my doctor recommended that I start taking fish oil supplements.
I take them every day, and I have noticed a difference. I would recommend that you start taking fish oil supplements.
Oranges are famous for (a) being delicious, (b) being the thing that you ate during your youth soccer games, (c) having the same name as the color that it is, & (d) being impossible to rhyme.
But did you know that oranges can also help with your anxiety? It’s true.
The scent of oranges has been proven to reduce anxiety. And oranges contain vitamin C which is known to reduce stress.
10) LISTEN TO MUSIC
Listen to music that inspires and uplifts you. That always helps me.
Lavender has been proven to ease anxiety. Best of all, there are so many products with lavender in them. From lavender oil to lavender candles, it’s pretty dang easy to incorporate lavender into your life.
Another reason why I like lavender products is that purple is my second favorite color. But I’ll save that for a blog post about the color purple. (Don’t hold your breath. I highly doubt that there will be a blog post about the color purple. Unless you guys want one. Let me know.)
It’s true what they say, laughter is the best medicine. And whenever I’m feeling overly anxious, I like to turn to the things that I know will make me laugh. Apparently, what makes someone laugh will vary depending on the person. I assume that you already know the things that make you laugh.
But if you’re curious what I use, my two go-to’s are playing an episode of Would I Lie To You and listening to a podcast episode from My Brother My Brother and Me. Those two things have never failed to make me laugh, and are always guaranteed to help ease my anxiety.
Did you try any of the remedies listed above? If so, what was your experience? Did it help? Also, what are some of your favorite natural remedies for anxiety? Let me know what you think. I love hearing from you.