Life as we know it can be really overbearing and overwhelming but it does not have to be that way. I will share with you 5 things you can do to reduce anxiety.
Even if at times there seems to be a never-ending influx of responsibilities and tasks.
Sitting and waiting for you at the corner of your desk, almost staring deeply inside your soul screaming and demanding for it to be finished.
Inevitably we start racking up stress and anxiety in our mind’s eye making every little task all the more daunting to do.
- Proper Sleep
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Essential Oils
Before anything else, I encourage you to take action immediately after reading every heading. That way you can make sure that you will follow through with these tips.
A glass of water keeps the Anxiety away
The first thing you could do now as you read this article is to take a minute and check yourself if you are properly hydrated.
Our body and mind start becoming more reactive and irritable once it determined that it lacks the necessary nutrients.
In this case, it would be the all magical liquid of life itself, water. After all, we humans are 60% water, above all your precious internal organs are also composed of this.
Mainly your brain is 73% water, no wonder you feel dizzy and unfocused whenever you are dehydrated.
Your skin too will, in turn, feel literally parched whenever symptoms of rehydration show up.
So it is for the best that you always have a trusty water bottle by your office desk or wherever you might be.
Pure Water is the World’s First and Foremost Medicine. –
Regular Sleep Schedule to Fix Anxiety
Ask yourself the question above, if not then you probably know one of the reasons you are feeling anxious on this particular day.
Sleep is one of, if not the most vital part to attain amazing health. If not for sleep your body’s cycle and processes will be in shambles.
As a result, if you did not have that amazing quality sleep that your body is craving at the end of the day you would simply feel like life itself has dawned on you all the problems of the world.
During sleep cycles, the spinal fluid is pumped to the brain in order to flush out brain toxins.
The process helps to remove the molecular detritus that brain cells churn out as part of their natural activity, along with toxic protein.
In other words, you might imagine this as the biological dishwasher of our body. Isn’t our body quite amazing?
That is why I can’t stress it enough to have a proper sleep schedule and the amount of sleep needed. One more thing is to remove all smartphones before going to bed.
The blue light from phones will disturb your Cicardian rhythms [the internal body clock that regulates sleep]. Instead of using your phone take this time to read a book or magazine.
If you cannot avoid it, on the other hand, make sure that you take advantage of blue light filters available in the App Store or Google Play.
But As a general rule of thumb give yourself 7-8 hours of sleep and to have consistent sleeping and waking up schedule even weekends.
Just by doing this you are going to reduce the probability that anxiety will be there at the back of your mind.
For example: sleep in at 11 pm and wake up at 7 am every single day.
This will make sure that you are in your best devices to perform your best whether at work or at school.
Sleep is the Swiss army knife of health. When sleep is deficient, there is sickness and disease. And when sleep is abundant, there is vitality and health.– Dr. Matthew Walker Phd
Journaling to Reduce Anxiety
You are lucky if you stumbled upon journaling because it might just be one of the things you can do to reduce your anxiety.
Journaling personally resonates with me deeply when it comes to improving my mood and reducing my anxiety.
I could confidently say that I am one of the living examples to testify that this is an effective way to cope up with stress.
For the last two years, I have been using journals to cope up with all life. So I am happy to share this with you guys.
Since I worry that the vast majority of our generation suffers from the condition of burn out and anxiety.
I encourage you to pull a piece of pen and paper with you. You can never go right or wrong with this one, cause all you need to do is pour it all out.
That’s right you are going to write all the things that are bothering you at this moment. Do not worry about the sentence grammar or if the writing will sound correct.
All that matters is to express your emotions and feelings you have been keeping inside of you.
And if you think it might help you further you could also burn the piece of paper afterward as a symbolic release of your emotions.
Now all you need to do now is to do this regularly, depending on your needs you can choose to do it every day, once a week or whenever you feel like it.
Journaling will help you be kinder to yourself and practice emotional and psychological hygiene that most people miss out on doing.
Take this step forward to help yourself up and reduce those looming thoughts of negativity flying around in your head.
I hope that you feel better and a sense of relief calms you down.
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” -Anne FrankJournals of Anne Frank
Mindfulness Meditation to Reduce Anxiety
Meditation started to become mainstream these recent years, different corporations, educational institutions, and Silicon Valley chains started implementing this.
Now it may sound like they are just trying to be trendy but I could guarantee you that people just started to recognize the positive benefits of meditation.
This is a big positive since meditation has been proven by science to help reduce anxiety, stress and revitalize the mind.
I personally endorse this method as well, since I have been an avid practitioner of meditation for 2 years.
To help you start all you need is the following:
- A peaceful place
- An open mind
- Start by seating or laying down in a comfortable position
- Focus on your breath, Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale.
- Set your timer for 5 minutes
- You could close your eyes if you want to
- In 5 minutes all, you need to focus on the inhalation and exhalation of your breath
** Note: You might find it difficult to focus at first but trust me after a while you will feel a refreshing feeling.
Do this every time you feel overwhelmed or on edge due to anxiety. It might take some time for you to adapt to the routine but in the long run, the benefits outrun the waiting.
As an added bonus one of the benefits of meditation is a healthier brain, quality sleep, more energy, and focus.
Most people nowadays can’t focus on one thing at a time, so meditation is also there for you to help out.
“Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.”– Ajahn BrahmAjahn Brahm
Essential Oils to Reduce Anxiety
Essential Oils like lavender, peppermint, frankincense, etc. are clinically proven to boost a calm and relaxing mood.
What better way to combat the monster you face called “anxiety”?
Scented candles and oils are an easy way to reduce your anxiety by letting the air smell nice and comfy for you to rest into.
So why not take some time off your busy day switch on that diffuser or light up that candle for a relaxing whiff of relief from your daily grind.
Similarly, you could accompany this with any of the following above.
To boost your sleep, double the benefit of journaling and meditation and hydrate as you see fit.
Now that you know 5 things you can do to reduce your anxiety the next step for you to take is to take action.
You have in you know the information you could use to benefit yourself. I want to leave this quote for you to think about.