What is anxiety? Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.
One of the ways that my anxiety reared it’s ugly head was constant worrying about things out of my control. An example for me was being unable to leave work without seeing both of my kids and giving them a bye kiss. This may not sound so bad but when I was leaving at 5 am and my oldest started waking up when I did this it became a problem. But I couldn’t NOT do it bc what if something happened? What if I was in a car accident? Or what if something happened to one of them? I wanted the last thing that I did to be giving them a kiss and telling them I love them. The sentiment was nice, but my kid was literally losing sleep over it and so was my husband bc guess who had to get up with her?
Symptoms of general anxiety include:
- increased heart rate
- rapid breathing
- trouble concentrating
- difficulty falling asleep
- constant fatigue
- avoiding activities
- and more
I was literally ALWAYS tired. I went to bed tired. I woke up tired. I HATED feeling like that. I felt like I was so tired I could barely function. I wanted to play with my kids but I didn’t have the energy. I wanted my house to be clean, but I didn’t have the energy to clean it. I wanted to exercise….but again no energy.
My Anxiety Treatment
After years of struggling with this, I finally went to the doctor. I was placed on Lexapro and had an adverse reaction to it a few weeks later. I was then switched to Zoloft. I was also in therapy. After a month or two of therapy I decided it wasn’t a good fit for me so I stopped. The Zoloft helped but not quite enough. Eventually my doctor also started me on Wellbutrin. I finally felt like I was on the right path to getting back to myself. I had energy to start working out again. I had energy to play with my kids.
I started going to a different therapist. I knew I didn’t want to be on medication forever if I didn’t have to. She told me of a couple things that I started and I did research to determine other natural remedies for anxiety.
5 Natural Practices for Anxiety
Journaling was the first thing my therapist mentioned that I try. So I bought a cute journal and started writing. I wrote all my feelings. I wrote about my day. I wrote about good and happy things that happened. I wrote about sad things and things that made me angry. It became important. I took it everywhere I went. I still take it to work everyday and it is beside my bed when I am at home.
You can free write or you can use journal prompts. But whatever you do, hand write it. Handwriting forces you to slow down and think about what you are writing. For me, it also helps me to get my feelings on the paper. There is something different about handwriting it and just typing it.
Science shows that positive affirmations can actually change your beliefs and change neural pathways. Affirmations are sentences that, when repeated, change your conscious and subconscious thoughts. This in turn affects your thoughts, behaviors, habits, and environment.
I have a page of affirmations written in my planner. I write some in my journal sometimes. And I have them written on my bathroom mirror. To effectively use affirmations, say them first thing in the morning, repeating ten times for each affirmation. And then again right before going to bed. This helps you to stay focused on your goals. Commit to doing this for 30 days in a row and see the difference it brings.
Another practice you can do for your anxiety is to start a gratitude journal. Write 3-5 things every morning or night that you are grateful for. This list helps you focus on and appreciate the things, experiences, and people that you have. Be as specific as possible when writing this list.
I LOVE essential oils! I use these daily for anxiety management. I have made a rollerball that I carry with me when I start to feel anxious. I use copaiba under my tongue in the mornings. And I have a necklace with a lava stone where I place a drop of Balance or Lavender essential oil on for the day. There are so many things you can do with essential oils just for anxiety. And MANY more things you can do with essential oils for everything else.
I have tried meditation multiple times and couldn’t quite figure it out. It didn’t really work for me. Then I read the book Stress Less, Accomplish More by Emily Fletcher and that all changed. I learned her method of meditation called the Ziva Technique and it is amazing. This is probably the thing that has helped me the most with being able to stop my anxiety medication.
You can learn more about these 5 natural practices and many more that I do daily for my anxiety in my course Grab Anxiety by the Balls. These are the exact steps that I took to conquer my anxiety and take back control of my life. Now I control my anxiety instead of it controlling me.
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