5 Natural Ways To Relieve Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are the number one cause for most of the chronic issues we face these days. Hypothyroidism, PCOS, Type 2 diabetes etc. are all related to stress. We all experience anxiety at some point. With the number of Covid cases increasing in India, a lot of us are experiencing some amount of anxiety, especially those of us who live far away from our loved ones.
So today I’m sharing 5 Natural Ways to Relieve Anxiety
1. ACKNOWLEDGE AND OBSERVE:
One of my meditation coaches suggested this to me when I was going through anxiety a few years ago. When an anxious thought comes to mind, acknowledge and recognize it. A lot of times we try to push our thoughts away without recognizing it but the more we push it away, the more it's going to resist and re-surface. Now observe these thoughts and notice how it makes you feel. Once you experience how it makes you feel, let it go. This step is really important as often, we tend to hold on to this thought. Tell yourself out loud - that it is a thought - nothing more nothing less and YOU are in control of it.
2. TAKE SLOW, DEEP BREATHS:
When we are anxious, our breath becomes rapid and shallow. Intentional Deep breathing helps decrease anxiety by stimulating the body’s relaxation response, which lowers our heart rate and blood pressure. Inhale deeply for 4 counts and exhale for 4 counts. Repeat as many times as you’d like.
Take a book and write down your thoughts and feelings to understand them more clearly. And if you struggle with anxiety, keeping a journal can be a great idea. It can help you gain control of your emotions and improve your mental health.
4. Practice Hatha Yoga:
Research shows that exercise can help reduce anxiety and boost your mood. It releases serotonin and endorphins that make you feel relaxed and happy. Hatha yoga is a restorative form of yoga that can really help you relax and reduce your stress levels.
5. Connect with your loved ones
Reach out to your trusted friends and family and talk to them about what is bothering you. If you are feeling overwhelmed, or have anxiety disorder, seek professional help.
I hope these simple yet effective tips will help you deal with any stress or anxiety you are experiencing right now with all that is going on. If you find this post useful, please share it with those who can benefit from it.