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4 Foolproof Ways to Stop Anxiety in its Tracks

January 8, 2014

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social media, we are constantly surrounded by newsfeeds and blogs broadcasting the achievements of our peers. It seems that we’re led to constantly strive for the next best thing. That could mean setting lofty weight loss goals, starting your own business, finding a relationship, or all of the above! It’s the modern day version of keeping up with the Jones’.

I’m certainly not saying that being motivated is a bad thing. However, all that pressure can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety! In addition to taking a much-needed digital hiatus, there are a few more tricks you can use to calm your nerves and prevent anxiety from worsening.

  1. Sip on some tea: I know, I know – relaxing with a cup of hot tea to calm your mind is age-old wisdom, but you know what they say, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it! Some tea is actually scientifically proven to calm your jittery nerves and help anxiety melt away. Try a soothing chamomile tea, which has natural compounds that bind to brain receptors to calm you down.  Green tea is also a great option. L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, helps to subdue a rising heart rate. 
  2. Hit the pavement: Nothing calms me down quite like a run. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression both in the long term and immediately. It only takes 20 to 30 minutes of exercise to drastically reduce your anxiety level. Pick a scenic route, throw on a great playlist and you’ve got the perfect way to sort out your thoughts while boosting your energy in a healthy way. 
  3. Lavish your home in lavender: Lavender is a very soothing herb. While incredibly good at calming the mind, it has been reported that lavender can make you sleepy or make your mind somewhat fuzzy. This is perfect if you’re having trouble falling asleep due to anxiety! Just massage a bit of lavender essential oil on your temples or sprinkle some on your pillow before bed. 
  4. Focus on your breathing: When the green tea is nowhere to be found and you can’t leave your desk for a quick jog, take 5 minutes to focus on your breathing. Simply shut your eyes and inhale counting to 10, hold your breath and count to 10, then exhale counting to 15. This is a simple meditation that will bring much-needed fresh oxygen into your lungs and allow your mind to let go of the stress. If you find that you’re always on the verge of a panic attack at work, it may be worth scheduling in 5 minutes every couple of hours for a quick breathing retreat.

Do you suffer from anxiety? What do you do to manage it?