Anxiety is a very common problem across the board. Everyone I know has suffered from anxiety at some point in their life, myself included. Because anxiety disorders are such a common problem, people are constantly looking for ways to combat anxiety and get some relief from the anxiety symptoms that come with it.
Anxiety can cause tightness in the chest, a pounding heart, shallow breathing, and even paralysis of the arms and legs. Sometimes anxiety can be subtle and underlying, a feeling that just lingers around in the background. Other times, anxiety is front and center in full display.
Anxiety is oftentimes triggered by diet factors or other external sources. But anxiety symptoms can also show up for what seems like no apparent reason. It’s safe to say that anxiety can be a real pain in the butt!
My personal journey with anxiety has taken many twists and turns but I can manage my anxiety so much better using the all-natural tools I’m about to share with you. These tools have helped me greatly in dealing with my anxiety but of course, they will not work for everyone.
I recommend you speak with your doctor to come up with a plan that works best for you.
Ten Ways to Beat Anxiety Without Medication
Bring awareness to your anxiety through journaling. We often get so consumed by anxiety that we never go deeper into what the actual cause of it is. Keeping an anxiety diary for at least 30 days will create a picture of what your anxiety looks like on a daily basis.
This will help you see any patterns and triggers that may be the cause of your anxiety symptoms. Once you become familiar with what your anxiety triggers are, you can start to eliminate them from your lifestyle. Some common anxiety triggers are caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.
I also like this anxiety journal because it includes exercises that soothe and relieve anxiety symptoms when they arise.
Turmeric Curcumin Supplements
Turmeric, a medicinal herb that comes from the ginger root family, has been used for thousands of years by our ancestors.
It’s commonly used as a cooking spice but many studies have shown that turmeric curcumin also provides powerful healing benefits for our health and wellness with anxiety and depression included.
Human trials have shown that adding 250 mg – 1000 mg of turmeric curcumin to your daily diet can enhance brain function, improve neurotransmitter balance, stabilize mood, and fight the effects of depression and anxiety.
Anxiety can be caused by negative thinking and uncontrollable thoughts. Through meditation, you’ll learn to separate yourself from those thoughts, quiet your mind, and come back into the present moment where past and future thoughts do not exist.
Guided meditations are great for beginners and there are many free app options for you to choose from. Youtube.com also has many options for guided meditations.
CBD oil also known as Cannabidiol is an active ingredient found in both hemp and cannabis. It is a non-prescription, legal alternative to medical marijuana and because of its long list of health benefits, it is quickly becoming a fast-growing trend in the health and wellness industry.
CBD Oil has also shown to be super effective in reducing anxiety. I like this CBD Oil for its quality and its purity.
Bridge your thoughts
In the middle of an anxiety attack think of any other thought that is not an anxious one. Even a thought that makes you mad will give you relief from feeling anxious.
Bridging thought is a process of thinking a new thought, seeing how it feels, and determining if it gives you any relief from the thought you were previously thinking. As you bridge your thoughts from one to another, you work your way up the emotional guidance scale, as seen in the book Ask and It Is Given.
EFT, also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique, is similar to acupuncture minus the use of needles. It’s used to restore energy and heal emotions thru stimulation of certain points on the body.
Over 5000 years ago the Chinese found a series of energy systems that run through the body. They called them meridians and today these energy systems are used for acupuncture and acupressure healing.
EFT is used in the same way by tapping these meridians with your fingers. These meridians are found on your face, arms, head, and chest.
While tapping and speaking aloud of the issue you are trying to heal, you can release fears, limiting beliefs, negative patterns, and sometimes physical pain. EFT, when done correctly and often, can bring great relief to anxiety.
Accepting that divine guidance is on your side and surrender to this through the power of prayer. As anxious thoughts arise, say a prayer and turn it over to your higher power. Ask for help and guidance, remain open to receiving it, and watch God show up fast.
Mantras and Affirmations
When you feel an attack coming on and anxious thoughts are filling your mind, recite a mantra like “all is well” or “I am ok.”
Repeat the mantra for 68 seconds or more. At 68 seconds this mantra will become a dominant thought and a new point of focus for your mind.
After 68 seconds of purely focused thought, your new point of thought will begin to manifest itself and remove you completely from your anxious thoughts.
This is because when you focus on any thought, you activate a vibration towards it. Then the Law of Attraction begins to work by attracting other similar thoughts and vibrations towards you. The longer you hold your focus on this thought the easier it becomes to remain focused on it.
Release stagnant energy
Anxiety is mostly pent-up energy in some part of the body, usually the chest. Take advantage of the lymphatic system, your internal washing machine, to get that energy unstuck.
The lymphatic system is a community of lymph vessels that circulate fluid from tissues in the body to the heart. Free movement such as jumping, dancing, or yoga can help to jump-start that circulation and help to remove toxins, clear blocks, and restore the flow of your energy.
Alternate nostril breathing, or Nadi Shodhana
Alternate nostril breathing, or Nadi Shodhana, is a breathing technique said to restore balance and ease the mind of racing thoughts within just a few minutes of practicing it. The technique is done using your thumb and ring finger to alternate closing and opening each nostril as you breathe in and out.
There are many different styles and ways this technique can be done and within a few cycles, relief from anxiety can be felt.
Final thoughts on overcoming anxiety the natural way
I’ve come to understand that my anxiety is not a weakness. It is a source of strength that my body uses as a road map to show me where I need to course correct and find healing. Always trust the wisdom of your body!
You are not your anxiety. You are not attached to it. It does not define you. When it rises up, say to yourself, “this is not me, this is anxiety” and then you can begin the process of working thru it.
I hope these tools serve you greatly in beating anxiety and returning to a peaceful unfinished life. I commend you greatly in your journey of self-love and care. Keep fighting the good fight and know you are never alone in the battle.
**Important final note: These tools are just a few suggestions for dealing with anxiety but by no means are they the end all be all to anxiety. Anxiety is different for everyone and it is always recommended that you seek professional help if you feel called to.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm please call 1-800-273-8255 to find 24/7 support. If you need help with substance abuse or mental health issues call 1-800-662-4357. It’s free and confidential.