Living with anxiety, stress, fear or anxiety-related depression can be debilitating. Anxiety can have profound effects on your life. Day-to-day activities can become incredibly stressful: from going to work, to socialising or shopping. Anxiety can spring from a range of causes and affects people in different ways.
The pandemic has not helped. Many will be feeling anxious about the lockdown, their job security, performing on Zoom, their health, or when they will see their loved ones again.
Anxiety can have troubling knock-on effects. Sufferers commonly experience disrupted sleep, hindered work performance, and isolation from social situations. If you relate to any of these, it is time to do something about it.
Here are our top six tips to combat anxiety:
In recent years, many well-loved celebrities have shone a spotlight on mental health. Yet, it is still a hard thing for individuals to admit to needing help with. If anxiety is taking over aspects of your life, it is time to talk to someone about it. Talk to your doctor and request a referral to a specialist, or see if your health insurance provides support for anxiety. A professional can help you to identify and manage your triggers with a range of treatments and coping strategies.
Meditation can help you take a step back from the pressures of life and take some time for you. Reaching a meditative state can seem intimidating at first, but there are many tools to help you develop your technique, from apps such as Headspace and Calm to mediation playlists on Spotify. The very act of making time in your day to mediate will give you a moment to reflect and bring the causes of stress and anxiety into perspective.
Breathing techniques can be used to combat an anxiety attack. These only take a matter of minutes and can be done whenever and wherever you are.
Let your breath flow in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathe regularly and slowly. You may find it easier to count to four as you breathe in, and back out to the count of four. As you become practised with this breathing technique, you may even find you can stretch your breath to the count of five.
Push your reset button with exercise. Take a stroll outside, do scissor jumps to your favourite music or take part in a spot of yoga. Exercise sparks the release of endorphins and the change in scenery or activity can do wonders.
You do not need to take long out of your day to do these things. Take 15 minutes if that is what you have to spare.
Essential oils are a delightful way of calming your nerves. There are many ways of using essential oils: pop one into a diffuser, dilute in your bath, enjoy in a massage or inhale from a handkerchief or aromatherapy bracelet.
There are many essential oils to choose from and they have different effects. Essential oils are not for everyone and care must be taken especially when pregnant. Always read the label, do an allergy test and, if in doubt, speak to your doctor before using. You can learn which essential oils are good for anxiety relief over at Healthline.com.
Studies have shown that CBD (Cannabidiol) can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. This wellbeing supplement is fast growing in popularity, with now an estimated eight million Britons using CBD for its variety of wellness benefits.
CBD is a natural chemical extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant and is entirely different from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. CBD products are carefully extracted from the plant with only trace amounts of THC that has no such effect when consumed. They can safely be used daily, with little or no side effects, and are entirely legal.
CBD products come in many forms. The most common are CBD oil, capsules and topical creams. We recommend starting off on a low dose and working your way up to an amount that gives you the effect you need. Listen to your body, and tailor your intake to your needs.