5 Natural Ways to Handle Anxiety

In most people, anxiety can be crippling. Not only does it cause an overwhelming feeling of fear and sadness, it can also result in people making decisions that they normally wouldn’t.

By definition, anxiety is the prominent feeling of worry or uneasiness that something catastrophic is about to occur. Even worse is the fact that approximately 60% of people with anxiety also exhibit signs of depression, which can make for an unpleasant combination.

But, there are natural ways to alleviate the symptoms of your anxiety without the need for prescription medication that often comes with unwanted side effects. And, they can be just as effective, too.

Let’s take a look.

1. Meditation

When your anxiety threatens to take over, meditation is one of the most powerful remedies that you can use to help calm yourself down. And, meditation helps with both the physical and mental symptoms of an anxiety attack.

By relaxing your body and focusing your breathing in a slow, rhythmic pattern, you’ll be able to put a stop to the tenseness and rapid breaths that accompany anxiety. This will help your body relax enough to the point where you can begin to get the situation under control without having to worry that something’s wrong with you.

Clearing your mind through meditation will allow you to stay focused on improving anxiety until it subsides. It will also aid in preventing you from thinking about hypothetical situations that may exacerbate the level of anxiety you already have.

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2. Avoid Overthinking

Overthinking is perhaps the worst way to handle your anxiety when it flares up. Your mind will want to jump to unpleasant conclusions, and you may become convinced that everything in your life is going to come crashing down. But, you can help mitigate this issue by avoiding these thoughts.

It can help significantly to question why you are feeling the way you do. Rather than just accepting your anxiety and letting it consume you, ask yourself questions like “why do I suddenly feel uneasy?” or “what recently happened to make me feel this way?”

From there, you can begin to dissect that root of that particular anxiety incident and realize that it’s most likely not as bad as your mind is making it seem. People with high levels of anxiety often feel that their life is in a downward spiral during times of high mental tension. But, it’s very unlikely that any single event in anybody’s life will ever have a long-lasting impact on them.

3. Eat, Eat, Eat

Ironically, high anxiety can completely eliminate one’s appetite, making it difficult to find the motivation to eat. But, your diet plays a large role in alleviating and managing your anxiety.

People are more likely to feel anxious when they are hungry, even if their hunger isn’t immediately apparent. Low blood sugar can also be inflammatory to anxiety, which makes eating even more important.

Although a snack may be the last thing in the world that you want during an anxiety attack, it’s one of the best solutions to help you manage your mental state. To help overcome the lack of appetite, small snacks that are calorie-dense (such as peanuts) can make it easy to get food in without having to choke it down.

Dark chocolate is a great choice, too, due to sugars it provides.

5 Natural Ways to Handle Anxiety: A woman walking her dog.

5 Natural Ways to Handle Anxiety: A woman walking her dog.

4. Exercise

Like eating, exercising is another simple solution that may be difficult to implement during times of overwhelming hopelessness. But, it’s a great way to get you back to your normal self.

Exercise also isn’t confined to lifting weights in the gym. Running and yoga can be great ways to relieve stress and keep your mind focused on the physical movement involved.

Exercise is also a great long-term solution, too, because anxiety often revolves around the skewed worry about health issues. Thus, if you’re in great shape, you’re less likely to have these thoughts. Exercise will also make you more confident, which is key in avoiding anxiety in the future.

5. Reach Out

One of the worst things you can do is lock yourself away if you’re feeling anxious. This will only serve to let negative thoughts overtake you, especially if you find yourself in a position where you can’t manage to attempt the previously listed remedies.

You’ll be surprised how much making contact with another human can help you. A phone call or a text message can go a long way when it comes to managing your anxiety, and it will also keep your mind focused on something other than your worry.

Having a reliable friend or family member that you can reach out to can make a world of difference, even if at the moment you feel like nobody wants to help you.

Anxiety Won’t Control You

Anxiety can be a debilitating condition, but it doesn’t have to be. Using these methods to help you manage its symptoms can vastly improve your quality of life and help you work toward bettering yourself in the long run.

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