Have you ever laid awake at night unable to sleep because the butterflies in your stomach are keeping you awake? The idea of going to work in the morning fills you with dread and you find it hard to breathe. Anxiety has crept into your life and taken hold but the more you ignore it the worse it seems to get.
Our modern lives have made us feel like we’re constantly switched on and connected to the aspects of our lives that we should be able to leave behind once the whistle blows at the end of the day. Our phones are in our hands 24/7 and with email notifications coming in as regularly as the social media ones it can be hard not to keep your working day going when you get home. Unfortunately this means that stress and anxiety have a tendency to run rampant and unchecked.
The majority of people have felt anxious at times, but if you’re experiencing mood swings associated with withdrawal or even menopause then the crushing weight on your chest may seem like it is too heavy to lift on your own. If you’re trying to get a handle on your anxiety and live a more balanced life, then incorporating these three things into your daily routine can have a great positive influence on your life and your ability to handle
Studies have shown that meditation has an extraordinary effect on our brains long after we’ve stopped. Meditation teaches you bring your thoughts back to the centre and by concentrating on your breathing you’re able to get a better control of your anxiety. People who meditate regularly often report greater feelings of calmness and are less perceptible to high stress situations. Even taking a few minutes to meditate can relax you when you feel anxiety taking hold.
Regular, gentle exercise naturally releases endorphins and neurotransmitters in the brain that make you feel calm, relaxed and happy. Often when you’re feeling stress and anxious getting moving is the last thing you feel like doing, but even just going for a light run can help you to clear your mind and benefit from those chemicals that are created to help you fight those anxious feelings.
Even if we’re trying to eat a totally balanced diet we’re all prone to gaps that our food just isn’t able to fill. By taking supplements we’re able to fill in the nutritional spaces in our lives that can attribute to an overwhelming sense of anxiety thanks to an imbalance of chemicals in our brain. St John’s Wort is a supplement derived from a flowering herb that has been popular throughout history as a natural cure-all. It has been promoted by psychologists in recent years as a treatment for mild to moderate depression thanks to its ability to help regulate your moods and block the neural pathways that lead to feelings of anxiety.
Overcoming anxiety is something that you need to take day to day, but by creating a routine that involves a healthy diet as well as meditation, exercise and supplements you’re able to beat anxiety at it’s core and develop ways to overcome high stress situations.