Exploring ways to reclaim your sense of calm..
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As we increasingly deal with hectic schedules and lives fraught with pressure, it can be easy to get lost in feelings of overwhelm. So we want to delve in to some of the natural approaches that can help combat anxiety.
We know that serious anxiety is complex and that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to how it will be experienced and how it should be managed. Like many elements of mental health, anxiety often needs to be managed with the support of a professional, so if you need help it’s important to reach out.
If you find yourself looking for simple, natural techniques to combat anxiety and reclaim your sense of calm, these pointers could help you.
Nourish your body with healthy foods and get enough sleep
This is important to prioritise in the busy lives we lead today. Ensuring you get enough sleep is particularly vital to living a full, healthy life. Going to bed at the same time each night, plus avoiding screens (including phones) for at least half an hour beforehand can help improve your sleep patterns and assist you in feeling revitalised.
Make regular exercise a priority
Studies have shown that regular exercise can work as well as medication for some people to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Releasing endorphins into your body can help lower stress and help you to feel more positive. One vigorous exercise session can be enough to help reduce or alleviate symptoms for hours.
Practice Meditation and Yoga
Meditation can help reduce anxiety. A simple technique practiced for as little as 10 minutes per day can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation. If you’re new to meditation, there are a number of meditation apps around that can help you get started.
If yoga is more appealing, it can provide a helpful combination of physical exercise and controlled breathing and can also be considered a form of meditation. All of these things have been shown to contribute to reducing stress.
Know your symptoms
Perhaps it feels like an increased heart rate, an inability to think clearly, or a feeling that you’re not good enough? Identifying when anxiety is creeping up can be key in helping you to interrupt it before it becomes overwhelming.
Focus on your breathing
Focusing on your breathing is a great way to reduce the feeling of overwhelm and anxiety when they start to build, bringing your mind back into the present moment. Close your eyes, draw a long, deep breath and count to four. Release the breath slowly and repeat.
When anxiety escalates, focus on your senses: What can you hear? What colours can you see? Going through this process can interrupt spiralling thoughts of what might happen, and bring you back to what you’re experiencing right now.
Engage in professional support
Sometimes the best thing you can do is seek professional help. The effects of unmanaged anxiety can be significant – it can impact your happiness, your relationships and your work life, so it’s important to get help as soon as you recognise it’s a problem for you. Consult your doctor about how to find the help that you need.
If you’re interested in natural solutions, the Brain Wellness Spa in Australia has developed a holistic approach to anxiety management. Treatment is based on Quantum Neuro Recoding (QNR), a program developed to provide drug-free treatment to those suffering from mental health conditions. The Brain Wellness Spa offers a seven-session program titled Emotional Empowerment. The program creates peace, focus and feelings of wellbeing, fostering the resilience to thrive through the day and the ability to relax and recharge at the end of the day.
Terri Bowman is the creator and CEO of Brain Wellness Spa. She has developed a drug-free solution called Quantum Neuro Recoding (QNR) and for almost a decade has been successfully working to help people overcome mental illness and emotional problems.
For more information about the work that Terri is doing visit brainwellnessspa.com