5 Healthy Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety, Part 1

While anyone can feel overcome with stress and anxiety, these are real disorders that affect the mental, physical, and emotional health of almost 40 million adults in America each year, which is about 18 percent of the U.S. population. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) defines anxiety disorders as “specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry,” and include such disorders as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and separation anxiety, to name a few. Anxiety disorders can develop out of a number of different triggers, including life events, brain chemistry, personality, genetics, and outside forces such as treatments for serious illnesses. And while these disorders are treatable, only about 40 percent of people suffering from anxiety get the treatment they need.

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Practice Deep Breathing Techniques

There is something to be said about using deep breathing techniques when coping with anxiety. For many people who experience anxiety, whether feeling suddenly overcome with worry while laying in bed or in a busy social setting, their breathing and heart rate tends to increase, which can lead to shallow breathing, monitored breathing, and over-breathing. Because these can cause hyperventilation, it’s important to know how to regain control of your breathing when experiencing an episode such as this. When feeling highly stressed or high levels of anxiety, calm, deep breathing — taking in slow, deep breaths for five or six counts, and breathing out slowly for about seven counts (repeating eight to ten times) — can be soothing, allowing your body to calm down. Talk to your doctor or therapist to find out more about the different breathing techniques that may be right for you, or visit the ADAA website to learn more.   

Schedule a Relaxing Massage

Getting regular therapeutic massages is an effective strategy for managing stress and anxiety. The soothing touch of a massage therapist can calm and soothe your mental, emotional, and physical stress, which can also relieve pain and other symptoms associated with anxiety. When a person feels anxious, the muscles and tissues in their body react by tensing up and tightening, causing pain and discomfort, as anxiety manifested in its physical form. Scheduling regular massages can reduce the pain sensations caused by tight, tense muscles, but which also calms the mind and spirit when in a relaxed, peaceful state. Along with the healing touch of a therapist, they create a calm, soothing environment using soft music, aromatherapy, and dim lighting to inspire serenity and relaxation. Talk with your doctor or therapist to see if they have someone they would recommend, or do your own research to find the right massage therapist for you.

Eat Nutritious Meals

Good health begins with what we eat. Eating balanced meals at regular times throughout the day helps keep your mood, energy, and blood sugar levels balanced. Avoid skipping meals and eat nutritious snacks in-between meals. One Harvard study suggests that eating a balanced diet full of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, rather than processed, refined foods that are high in carbs, added sugar, and saturated fat can help maintain even blood sugar levels that cause the jitters, which only contributes to anxious feelings.

Keep a Journal

Journaling is a fantastic way to express your thoughts, feelings, emotions, frustrations, successes, and challenges. What’s more, writing down the thoughts you are having gives your chance to really think through them, allowing you come back to them to help you determine specific triggers that contribute to the stress and anxiety you experience. Keeping a journal also helps you set attainable goals for yourself and your health, while also providing you with a space to be completely open and honest with yourself.

Give Yourself a Break

The stresses of daily life won’t just disappear overnight, so it’s essential to find the time to take a break from the stresses of work, school, relationships, parenting, and everything in-between to give yourself a chance to breathe and decompress. Whether you take a 30-minute walk, hike or bike a nature trail, practice yoga or meditation, listen to music, or simply spend time playing with your precious pup in the yard, use this time to focus on you. Take a step away from the things that contribute to the stress and anxiety you experience, and breathe, clear your head, and find balance.   

Improve Your Sleep Patterns

Getting a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Making concerted efforts to improve your sleep patterns by getting deeper sleep can alleviate anxiety while also helping you maintain a clear mind, a balanced mood, and healthy energy. Oftentimes, common symptoms of anxiety disorders include sleep disturbances such as insomnia, trouble falling or staying asleep, and difficulties falling into a deep, restful sleep. What’s more, if you’re in pain as a result of the stress and tension you are feeling, it can be hard to find that comfortable sleeping position that will allow you to drift off to sleep peacefully. Sleeping on a good mattress and in a comfortable temperature can help. And using ATARAXIA Relax CBD Oil to calm your anxiety and improve sleep and really help.    

Explore Treatment Options

There are a number of treatment options available to those who suffer from stress and anxiety, whether these feelings are experienced some of the time, or whether it is a chronic disorder that affects every minute of every day. The important thing to know is that there is help available. Finding the resources you need to help you cope with and manage your anxiety is a great starting point. The ADAA offers many wonderful resources for those who suffer from anxiety, as does the Mayo Clinic. These sites can point you in the right direction of a finding a therapist, and provide many useful resources, literature, and other helpful materials for you to read and watch to learn more about anxiety disorders in general, as well as specific anxiety disorders, and the different treatments available.

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Be sure to tune in to part two of this ongoing blog series to learn more coping strategies for anxiety and stress. Until next time, thank you for reading.