6 Proven Ways To Deal With Anxiety

6 Proven Ways To Deal With Anxiety

By Leo Vine | Contributor on September 11, 2020
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Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. Anxiety can manifest as excessive, intense, and persistent fear and worry about regular everyday situations. Rapid breathing, tiredness, sweating, fast heart rate, difficulty falling asleep, and trouble concentrating can be indicative of anxiety. When these feelings are all-consuming and excessive and interfere with normal daily living, then the anxiety is an indicator of an underlying disease and needs to be taken seriously. This article takes a look at ways you can deal with anxiety.

6 proven ways to deal with anxiety:

1. Staying Active and Exercising

Being active and exercising regularly helps ease anxiety and depression by releasing endorphins, natural brain chemicals that enhance the body’s sense of well-being, as well as cannabis-like brain chemicals called endogenous cannabinoids. When these chemicals are released, it helps to reduce panic naturally.

Another aspect of exercise that is helpful for reducing restlesness is that during exercise you tend to take your mind off issues that bother you, and focus on the physical activity. It helps to clear your mind, and rid you of negative thoughts. Exercise also helps you cope with issues in a healthy way, and creates opportunities for more social interaction.

2. Cannabis

Researchers have found that weed has a number of benefits, including reducing anxiety, reducing the carcinogen effects of tobacco, and helping to cure certain diseases such as Crohn’s disease, and smoothing tremors for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

When smoked, Cannabis can reduce anxiety, and improve the smoker’s mood. When used in small doses, it acts as a sedative. This is the reason why medical marijuana is now prescribed; it aids to treat ailments and helps the patient recover. It plays a huge role in decreasing emotional restlessness and this medical use has been instrumental in getting marijuana legalized in the countries where it has been legalized.

3. Foods That Help Reduce Anxiety

Diet plays an important role in helping relieve anxiety. Eating a balanced diet, avoiding alcohol, and drinking water adequately to stay hydrated are all important dietary actions to reduce anxiety.

Skipping meals can result in a drop in blood sugar, which can make you feel jittery and anxious. Diets rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are healthy options for reducing panic. Specific foods that reduce restlessness include foods rich in magnesium such as leafy greens, as well as foods rich in zinc such as oysters, liver, and cashews.

4. Avoid Triggers

To effectively manage symptoms, one should avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. Coffee drinkers can switch to decaffeinated teas and coffee, while smokers can switch to nicotine-free vapes. In addition, everyday triggers of anxiety can be avoided where possible.

5. Therapy and Counseling

Research shows that only one-third of people suffering from anxiety seek treatment. Seeking treatment for anxiety is an option available. Leading approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy. CBT involves cognitive therapy and behaviour therapy. Therapy and counseling for anxiety would involve a therapist arranging a number of sessions. Medication could also be prescribed where necessary.

6. Breathing Exercises

There are breathing exercises that are proven to help people overcome anxiety. One of such methods is called the three deep breaths method. It is especially ideal if the anxiety comes on just before an event, or a seemingly difficult situation. It is a simple process that involves taking a very deep breath, and holding it for up to 2 seconds before exhaling. It is then repeated for a minimum of three times. You will immediately notice that you feel less anxious.

Another breathing exercise ideal for reducing panic is an abdominal breathing exercise. It can be done either standing up or sitting down. To start you inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, while keeping your shoulders well relaxed. Your abdomen will expand, and your chest will rise. As you exhale slowly through your mouth, you blow air out, purse your lips slightly, while keeping your jaw relaxed. This exercise should be repeated for some minutes.

Putting It All Together

These methods can be used in combination. As explained earlier few people actually seek treatment for anxiety, they prefer to use some natural methods outlined here. Weed or cannabis is getting a lot of coverage for the treatment of anxiety because research shows that during exercise, the brain releases cannabis-like brain chemicals which help to reduce anxiety. Therefore weed or cannabis itself is now used directly to reduce restlessness.


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