Hello, Fellow Life Learners! Welcome back to my blog! Today I will be sharing 4 tips for dealing with anxiety.
I have been dealing with anxiety for the majority of my life and it can be so difficult to deal with. When I was a little girl it was hard for me to be at the playground with other kids, when I got a little older it was difficult to walk up to a cashier in a grocery store to ask for help or pay for my items. I would throw up every morning before school. As an adult, I coped with it by drinking and smoking cigarettes. Slowly my journey has lead me to a healthier path and I have incorporated several tools into my lifestyle to gain some relief and stop relying on toxic coping methods. Here are my favorite ways to relax and find my zen. Please remember that I am NOT a doctor and everything I learned was through my own research and willingness to experiment with my own body. Please, be sure to do your own research and/or talk to your doctor first.
1. I don’t know how people can live without yoga! I literally need it every day to be happy and have been doing it consistently for about 11 years. I even continued my practicing when I broke my leg, with modifications, of course! Concentrating on the breath and movement brings me out of my head and into the present moment. This gives me a chance to really think about what I’m feeling because sometimes I get so lost in the emotions of others that I forget to check in with myself. Stretching and moving my body actually relieves muscle tension in my shoulders, neck jaw and legs. Of course, it is good for the whole body stretching and muscle pain relief, but these are the areas where I hold my stress. As soon as I step on my mat I can feel my shoulders start to relax.
My favorite yoga teacher is Adriene (Yoga with Adriene). I like that she has lots of free videos including several 30-day challenges. She is all about “Finding What Feels Good” giving her class a sense of freedom. I love her sense of humor and that she is reminded of songs throughout the practice. This video isn’t by Adriene, but I’ve been going back to it consistently as a before bed yoga routine for years. It is interesting to me that I still don’t know this woman’s name and haven’t seen any other videos from her and yet it is my all time favorite video. I don’t do any of the chanting, instead, I use that time for some mindful neck rolls. At one point she says “clounter clockwise” and it always makes me laugh a little. I love it because it makes her human and relatable. Check it out here!
2. MAGNESIUM! I found magnesium when researching pain that I was having in my jaw, frequent headaches, and constant pain in my neck and shoulders. I learned that these are symptoms of TMJ which is often treated using magnesium supplements. It works well because it is a natural muscle relaxer. I started off with a magnesium oil spray which worked immediately. Because of this, I started researching more and more the benefits of magnesium for the body and signs of magnesium deficiency. This is how I learned that anxiety can actually be caused by magnesium deficiency! I added magnesium to my daily supplements and the difference is ridiculous!!! I used to have a cluster of small, red, scaly patches of dry skin on my wrists and hands that just went away. I looked into this further and learned that dry skin and eczema are symptoms of magnesium deficiency!!!! I also used to be easily bothered by chewing sounds and any high pitched noise would actually, physically hurt me, this also went away when I started taking magnesium. Guess what…. This is another symptom of magnesium deficiency!!!!! I am now evangelical about magnesium and talk to my friends and family about it often and with passion. Have you accepted my friend magnesium into your heart? BTW, magnesium is also good for heart health! These are my favorite magnesium products, this and this book about magnesium.
3. Ashwagandha! My research into natural remedies for TMJ lead me to another anxiety relieving herb, Ashwagandha root. It helps support the nervous system, promote hormonal balance, helps to regulate the thyroid and is a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory. It is excellent for calming the mind and keeping the body relaxed. I have been taking this supplement for over a year. When I first started taking it, I took it for a week and then forgot to take it for 2 days. The difference was amazingly obvious. Without it, I felt weepy and sad. When I realized my mistake it was easily remedied by taking my ashwagandha, I never forget to take it now. It was pretty difficult to research this one since it was only quickly mentioned in my TMJ research. It is considered holistic healing. My biggest source on this has been the reviews for Ashwagandha on Amazon. Check them out here !
4. Having a clear daily plan: My biggest source of anxiety is the fear that I will forget something important. Knowing my priorities and having a clear daily plan means I know exactly what needs to be done each day and what activities are coming up. I can sometimes get lost in a project and forget to make time for what is important to me. This mostly happens in work situations and I end up overworking and not taking care of myself and the people who are important to me. It has taken a long time to learn this about myself, but now I know exactly what my priorities are and I am sure to stick within my own guidelines. While I love my family and do use a lot of time to take care of them, I also remember to take time for myself doing the things that I enjoy. You can learn more about how I keep our life organized here.
I hope that you have enjoyed this article and learned something that could help you diminish your anxiety! Do you already use some of these? What ways does anxiety affect your daily life and what do you do to deal with it? I look forward to your comments!