Whether you’re a long-term anxiety sufferer like myself or you find yourself in periods of stress, feeling overwhelmed or just a bit out of sync, then fear not… you’re in good hands.
I know just how uneasy feelings of anxiousness can be and it’s important to address them as they arise. So here are my top tips for helping reduce anxiety… the natural way.
Put the coffee down
Times of high-stress and anxiety are often dealt with by consuming large quantities of coffee (or tea in my case) and yes, there is wine too. But, I can honestly say that in order to help reduce those horrid feelings and heart palpitations that you may need to put the coffee down. In fact, if you’re feeling pretty ‘strung out’ put.it.down.now. Caffeine is a pretty nifty stimulant that works by increasing your adrenaline. And, if you’re familiar with the feelings of anxiety then adrenaline is one thing you’ll want to leave you alone. Swap caffeinated tea and coffee for decaf, or try a green tea 🍵 or chamomile. Twinings have a fab range of green tea with all sorts of lovely things – my favourite is the salted caramel, it’s proper lush.
Walk it off
Or, if you can, run it off. Running is one of the most mindful things you can do so grab your trainers and go for it. Even if you’re not an avid runner you can mix it up with walking and jogging. Try not to worry about distance or calories and simply focus on the act of putting one foot in front of the other. I make playlists to give me an extra boost – music works wonders for the anxious mind.
When I’m feeling particularly ‘wired’ by anxiety I can find it difficult to switch my mind off and that makes sleeping hard. Try this body scan from the Mindfulness in a frantic world book. I swear by this book and re-read regularly to keep me on track.
Remember to breathe
Sounds pretty daft seeing as it’s something your body does, err, naturally, but focusing on your breathing is SO important (see the link above☝🏻️). When you feel overwhelmed or as if you can’t catch your breathe it’s time to slow down and focus on it. You can actually reduce your heart rate simply by taking a few deep breaths and slowing it all down. If you’re not familiar with mindfulness then I urge you to have a read of this – it gives you a little taster of the book I’ve mentioned and I really can’t recommend it enough.
Dealing with feelings of anxiousness and anxiety are no fun at all but do give these things a try and see how you get on. Hopefully, if you’re consistent with them then you’ll notice a difference in how you’re feeling. Practice makes perfect and don’t beat yourself up about it all…