If you are someone that suffers from anxiety or get easily stressed, this blog may help you. These easy tips can help to increase your happiness and well-being by assisting you to de-stress and think a little more clearly. It is important to take care of our bodies from the inside out!
My top tips on how to reduce anxiety naturally are:
I know! I know! I am sorry girls, but this one really is important. This is because caffeine is a stimulant that increases adrenaline production within in the body, which is a hormone you are trying to keep at bay. So try swapping those daily cups of coffee with decaf, peppermint tea or even an apple. Staying away from caffeine also means cutting out black tea, soft drinks, pre-workouts and too much chocolate. Be mindful of what you are putting into your body, as it truly does have an effect on your stress and anxiety levels.
Talk To A Friend
Sometimes when you are feeling very stressed, your problems can seem overwhelming and you just want to shut yourself away from the world. Instead of letting the feelings get the better of you, acknowledge you are feeling stressed or anxious and talk to somebody that you trust. Talking about your problems with someone you trust can help you to rationalise and work out what it is that is triggering those feelings so that you can avoid these in future.
Focus On Deep Breathing
This is a really great exercise for anyone who feels overwhelmed and stressed out. If you find yourself drawing up short on air and your chest constricting, focus on deep breathing. Find a quiet space and take a deep breath, counting to three on the way in and then three again on the way out. Really focus on clearing your mind, if you find your thoughts are racing and you can’t turn them off, say the numbers slowly in your head as you are breathing. Repeat this ten times and really focus on slowing down your breathing, nothing else.
Schedule 30 Minutes Daily For Relaxation
Sometimes our anxiety can be heightened throughout the day because we are busy and always on the go dealing with various problems. If you find yourself climbing into bed stressed and your brain can’t switch off, make a conscious effort to schedule in 30 mins for relaxation daily. This can be in the form of a walk, yoga, meditation or just a quiet drive to your favourite location listening to your favourite music. This will help to lower your heart rate and calm you down.
Have a Hot Epsom Salt Bath
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious try taking a hot, soothing bath with some epsom salts. These contain magnesium sulfate, which can help to calm your nervous system and promote relaxation. You could also add some lavender essential oil as this is a calming scent and can help put you relax and prepare your body for sleep.
I hope these simple tips have helped, girls. It certainly is no fun dealing with anxiety and stress, but there are many things you can do every day to help reduce it.
Love, Kayla xx