Anxiety – why do I get anxious?
We live in a modern world that is dictated by technology, deadlines and money. We live in busy, overcrowded cities and often find ourselves competing with others for housing, jobs, business, to be noticed and to be liked. It is not uncommon to feel the pressure as all of these wants and expectations – both wanting things expecting to achieve certain things and goals but having limitations, or expecting others to like us, to find us interesting, appealing and attractive, to judge us as successful – could lead to unhealthy levels of high pressure, an unbalanced work and life balance, with very little freedom. It is therefore not surprising that the new expectations of the world has led to growing anxiety in the people that try to keep up with this kind of life.
What is anxiety?
There are different types and causes of anxiety but there is a common form of anxiety that people often experience – called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Common experiences of people with GCD is the feeling of constant high levels of anxiousness, and you may find yourself constantly worried. It may feel as though you are losing control, and almost find yourself having a panic attack. This experience of generalised anxiety usually lasts for more than 6 months, and your mind feels overwhelmingly busy with persistent worry. But what many people do not know is how to minimise and learn to manage their anxiety. Believe it or not, anxiety can be treated naturally using certain techniques, ways of thinking and changing your daily practices. These are 6 ways to reduce or to keep anxiety at a lower level than before using methods that are easily achievable, and not so demanding for someone who is experiencing anxiety or resulting depression.
6 simple ways to help reduce your anxiety
Keep a diary log of your feelings, giving yourself a maximum of one hour a day to write down what worries you have, and what you are going to do about them. This is good practice because it allows you to designate time, and to not feel guilty or hold back from being honest with yourself. Give yourself the private time and space to not only write down the problems of worries that are going through your mind, but also to start solving your own problems.
Next to your worries – write down possible, realistic solutions that you can do – doing so will empower you and make you feel more in control of your life, no matter how small that issues is.
- Every morning and before you go to bed – listen to
positive affirmationsto change your core belief about yourself. This process will take time as studies show that we are more likely to take in a negative criticism or comment, than to internalise praise or positive comments. Apparently it takes about 3 weeks for a new positive thought to take root in your mind, and for continuous reinforcement to take place and to keep those beliefs lodged within your core, self-esteem and self-perception. Examples of good affirmations are ones that repeat the powerful statements of: “I am beautiful, I am worthy of success and love and happiness… I AM a kind and loving person… I am prosperous and wealthy…” Just by repeating these statements to yourself can make them shape your reality and make you change how you think about yourself and your abilities in life.
chamomile teaat least once or twice a day, especially before bed time. According to medical research, chamomile is a type of flower and can be drank in tea. The benefits of chamomile is that it works bio-actively. It contains both terpenoids (organic chemicals) and flavonoids (plant pigments) contained within the plants that are powerful antioxidants).
Chamomile flowers contain ingredients such as alpha-bisabolol oxides A and B (a thick oily essential oil/liquid from the German Chamomile plant) and matricin. These are chemical compounds contained in the chamomile flower. Drinking chamomile helps to soothe stomach and muscle contractions, and helps to boost your immune system. Its calming and soothing effects can be attributed to the flavonoids in chamomile. It has sedative effects on brain receptors, facilitating deep sleep. However, some people can be allergic to chamomile, so always make sure you are not allergic first, or avoid if you are unaccustomed to the taste of chamomile for whatever reason.
- Do some
physical exercise, at least two or three times a week as scientific studies have proven a strong correlation between physical exercise and mental health. Regular physical activity can help you to maintain long-term health.
A longitudinal study of depressed individuals found that those who exercised were less likely to be depressed than people who did not exercise regularly.
Tai Chi– Tai Chi is a very gentle form of breathing exercises that are suitable even for older people, and can be really helpful for people with anxiety disorders, or tend to have panic attacks. The idea behind Tai Chi is to regulate your breathing whilst focusing your mind on the intricate, controlled body movements that you practice in a price open space, especially where there is fresh air such as your garden or the local park (if it’s not too busy). Tai Chi can be easily done in your own back garden, for 15-20 minutes at a time. Doing this every morning can help you relax to start the day; and is a form of private meditation, whereby your mind gets to focus on your breathing and relaxing.
- Focus on
achieving one thing at a time– try not to put too much pressure on yourself; and to always ensure your goals are realistic. Most people often set themselves unrealistic targets, building up an expectation of themselves that is unrealistic. Making a long list but not achieving them by the end of the day can reinforce a sense of failure and make a person with anxiety feel even worse.
Instead, set yourself one or two main/small targets each day, and aim to complete that one, or two tasks a day, then you can change a feeling of disappointment to a feeling of achievement and accomplishment.
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Stay happy and stay positive!
Naturally Pure Beauty Team