Medications are the most common modalities used to relieve anxiety, but if you want a more natural approach, then the techniques in this article can improve your outlook, and might be just what you need! These techniques provide a great alternative or supplement to a medication regimen.
Indulge your sense of humor and laugh more! laughing increases dopamine and reduces stress causing hormones like cortisol. Watch a funny tv show or even download a laugh track app on your phone, just anticipating the sound of laughter can have this effect on a smaller scale.
- Relaxation time
Schedule some relaxation time, you deserve it after all! If you can find a half hour every day to do something you find relaxing and lower your heart rate, it can work wonders on managing your anxiety.
GABA is a supplement that is designed to help calm overly anxious people. GABA is short for gamma-aminobutyric acid. It is a brain transmitter that counteracts glutamate, a chemical that increases excitability.
Lavender produces a smell that is very relaxing to most people and has been shown to reduce anxiety. Try rubbing a drop of lavender essential oil on your upper chest and let yourself inhale the odor.
- Ground yourself
By grounding yourself, I basically mean do something that solidifies your attachment to the present moment. Try taking your house keys and running your fingers along the edge, hold an ice cube in your hand for as long as you can, pick up something that is somewhat heavy. These activities cause you to focus on them and leave whatever you may be anxious about in the periphery of your mind.
- Face your fears
If nothing else works, this may be the only option on the table. But it’s not so bad because this one is guaranteed to work! If you have anxiety from social interactions, get yourself into a social interaction. Does getting in your car make you anxious? Do it anyways. This might seem a little too obvious and even a little archaic, but this is the only sure fire way to overcome those anxious feelings! Just make sure you don’t do anything too dangerous, a little anxiety about swimming in shark-infested waters is a good thing. Life is full of risk and uncertainty, sometimes just accepting that fact is the only thing you can do.
All these tips can certainly help improve your outlook, and we encourage you to try them all if you suffer from anxiety. One of the more notable items that didn’t make it on the list has been showing to help also… sometimes just changing your perspective and looking at things from another person’s point of view can help you reason with that anxious part of your mind. Lastly, you can always try and reach out for help from counseling, friends, and family. There are always people willing to help, and sometimes you just have to find them yourself.