Anxiety may be very familiar or totally new to you, but either way, you know if you’re experiencing it. And if you have it, you may also be depressed. In both cases, stress can dominate, making it hard to think straight.
If you have anxiety, danger may seem to be everywhere, leading you to assume the worst, and clouding your interactions with your family, friends and co-workers. People who are anxious underestimate their ability to solve problems. Too often, they simply opt out when they are worried or unsure, missing a lot of life’s joys. Lost sleep, constant tiredness and edgy feelings take over.
Anxiety can often lead to depression. Getting professional help can be the most important thing that you can do. There are safe, natural remedies that can help treat both anxiety and depression.
If you are suffering from anxiety there are immediate ways to attack the problem, but getting professional help may also be needed.
Here are some ways psychologists recommend to reduce anxiety.
Use regular massage to gently relax and slow the body’s release of cortisol, the stress hormone. A month of weekly massages can lower cortisol levels, leaving you calm and refreshed. Try chair massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages. You may also want to build in foot massages and facials too.
Let exercise push worry aside. Focus on breathing, movement, and the present moment, letting these sensations take over. In the gym, at the park, or on the court, exercise can cut anxiety by as much as 50 percent.
Mindful meditation weakens the worry cycle. This eyes wide open meditation helps you stop, focus and look at all of your life, not judging, but just seeing it. Researchers have shown this process can reduce anxiety by almost 40 percent.
Shed your worries with three yoga sessions a week. Many newcomers to yoga say they can almost feel their stress and worry dropping away as they settle onto their yoga mats. Yoga’s deep breathing and mind/body movements relax and strengthen the body as they free the mind.
Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep to drown out worries. Dr. Jack B. Nitschke, says “Sleep loss activates areas of the brain that are also activated by anxiety.” Shut down electronics a half an hour before bedtime, and make sure you have a restful sleeping area.
Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches you how to reevaluate danger. You will learn to scale your worry down to the actual danger. Half hour sessions for three to four months have shown a success rate of 46 percent. Insurance may cover the therapy.
Chiropractic care can help. Receiving regular adjustments helps to ease the body and can aid in putting the mind at ease. Chiropractic focuses on the health and well-being of both body and mind.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.