Anxiety: 5 Ideas For Days When Feeling Anxious

Have you been feeling anxious lately? Anxiety is a common and normal human emotion, but when it becomes overwhelming and interferes with daily life, it can be debilitating. If you’re having a day (or a week) when you’re feeling anxious, here are five ideas to look into that will help you manage your symptoms:

1. Reduce ALcohol Reduce Anxiety

Alcohol is a natural sedative, but it can definitely worsen symptoms of anxiety. Try cutting back on alcohol or avoiding it altogether to see if it makes a difference. And most likely it will. Personally, my anxiety has lifted enormously since I quit drinking, and even beyond that, it’s one of the best decisions of my life. Read more about my reasons to quit here.

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2. Try Natural Medicine For Anxiety

Herbs like ashwagandha have been used for centuries to treat anxiety. Read how it improved my life here. They can be taken as a supplement or tea and are generally considered safe for most people. However, do your research or ask a doctor before taking them:

  1. Ashwagandha
  2. Kava
  3. Passionflower
  4. Valerian
  5. Lemon Balm
  6. Skullcap

3. Look into your Diet

Some foods and beverages may be making your anxiety worse. Whenever my diet goes haywire so does my anxiety. So try cutting back on processed foods and caffeine, and eat more whole foods like fruits and vegetables. You’ll be seeing a difference in no time!

4. Mindfulness

Instead of always trying to run away from it- allow the anxiety to have its peak and pass. Instead of fighting the feeling, try to observe it and let it pass through you. Mindfulness practices like meditation, yoga and deep breathing can help you to be more aware of your thoughts and emotions, and to respond to them in a calm and non-reactive way.

5. Prioritize Sleep

Lack of sleep can make anxiety worse, so make sure you’re getting enough restful sleep each night. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, avoid screens for at least an hour before bedtime and establish a bedtime routine.

6. Spend time in Nature

Spending time outdoors in nature can help to reduce stress and anxiety. Take a walk in a park, go for a hike in the woods, or simply sit outside and take in the scenery. Earthing means connecting to the earth, by walking barefoot or using a grounded mat, it can help to reduce inflammation and balance the body’s systems.

Conclusion

Anxiety can be a difficult and overwhelming emotion to deal with, but there are many strategies that can help to manage it. Whether it’s reducing alcohol consumption, trying natural medicine like ashwagandha, looking into your diet, practicing mindfulness, prioritizing sleep, or spending time in nature and earthing, there are many ways to take control of your anxiety and improve your well-being. Keep in mind that if your symptoms become unbearable- you should contact a doctor that will help you navigate those feelings. Additionally you can call Anxiety Free Hotline. I hope the ideas above help you as they helped me.