Four Ways to Ease Anxiety Naturally

 Ever get that tight feeling in your chest? The sense that something's going wrong and there's nothing you can do to stop it? If you experience anxiety, you'll know the sensation all too well. Anxiety affects us all in different ways, but it can seriously harm our mental health and stop us living life to the fullest.

 If you have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, like 6.8 million people in the US, medication might be the right choice for you. But if your anxiety can be self-regulated, making some small lifestyle changes will help you feel calmer, more confident and in control.

Here, we'll focus on four natural ways to replace your stress with serenity.

1) Use CBD Oil

Scientists are singing the praises of cannabidiol (CBD), a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. Originally used as pain relief for the seriously ill, recent research shows that CBD offers a host of wellness benefits, including increased relaxation and decreased anxiety.

CBD oils are made up of so-called 'carrier oils', usually virgin olive or coconut, with an extract of CBD. Look out for an Organic Full Spectrum CBD oil with a dropper, then squeeze a small amount onto your tongue. Don't worry, it's completely legal and there's no danger of you getting high. It works by activating your brain's receptors for serotonin, otherwise known as the 'happy chemical'.

2) Exercise

Have you heard of the 'runner's high'? Exercise is one of the quickest ways to release feel-good endorphins, and you don't need to be a trained athlete to reap the benefits. A gentle yoga routine on your bedroom floor, jogging on the spot while you watch TV, or even doing star-jumps are great ways to alleviate tension in your body.

We can also release endorphins by laughing, being around nature, and spending time with people who make us happy. Why not ask a friend to join you on a walk? Whether it's a vigorous hike or stroll in the park, you'll both feel better for your time together.

3) Eat Well

We all love a dripping cheese pizza now and again, but remember the saying 'you are what you eat'? The foods we choose can have a huge effect on our mental as well as our physical health. Often when we're suffering with anxiety, food is the first thing to slip out of control - we binge-eat or forget to eat at all.

Poor nutrition has been linked to conditions such as depression, so eating well when you're anxious is more important than ever. Drops in blood sugar levels can make you feel irritated and sluggish. By eating foods which release energy slowly throughout the day, such as vegetables, rice and wholemeal bread, you help keep your sugar levels regulated, which changes how you react to outside stimuli.

4) Meditate

People have been meditating for thousands of years, traditionally as a religious practice. Today, it's a recognized way to focus your mind, de-stress, and achieve a sense of clarity. With experience, the principles of meditation can help you keep calm in busy or stressful situations.

If you're new to meditation, begin with the following steps:

  • Make yourself comfortable in a quiet space. It could be your bedroom or even the front seat of your car. The important thing is that it's free from distractions.
  • Sit with your spine straight to avoid hurting your back.
  • Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

The idea is to clear your mind and achieve a deeper level of awareness. This might take work, but don't give up - remember practice makes perfect.

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