Most of us suffer from stress and anxiety, but to what extent is too much? Stress develops from a numerous amount of factors in which we can not always point out. Anything that puts a high demand on us can be stressful; whether that be school, work, relationships, or just figuring out how to balance it all out. Here I will show you how to diminish the amount of stress and anxiety in your life.
Write it Out.
When you feel like you have been consumed into negative thoughts, that is when you should take action and try to lower your levels of stress and anxiety. Start off by identifying the things that are causing you to worry. For example, school puts a tremendous amount of stress on people and when you begin to feel overwhelmed, write it out. Write everything that you would like to accomplish by the end of the week in order to give yourself a visual representation of what your week consists of. This helps because you don’t have to keep repeating your responsibilities in your head and worrying that you might have forgotten something. This is also gives you the satisfaction of being able to cross something off of your list.
Yoga and Meditation
Another way to holistically deal with stress and anxiety is to do yoga. Yoga does great things for your body. Not only does it help you relax, but it puts your mind in tune with your feelings and emotions and allows you to handle it in a relaxed state of mind. Many medications that people take for anxiety and/or depression tend to mask their emotions as if they did not exist, but it is important to be aware of these emotions and make your mind stronger by dealing with them. Of course, this can be hard and with high levels of anxiety you may feel like there is no other option but to result to medications. When your anxious, your mind begins to wander off to things that might happen and can lead to other issues. Madhav Goyal, MD, lead author and assistant professor of medicine says that, “Meditation teaches people certain skills that can help counteract that tendency, like staying in the moment, recognizing worried thoughts when they’re happening, and preventing them from getting worse.” If you are serious about dealing with your anxiety, then go to the next yoga class and focus on staying in tune with your mind because the more you deal with your thoughts, the easier it will become to get rid of them. Exercise in general can help you to get your mind off of those negative thoughts and lower your stress hormones.
There are several supplements nowadays that help to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Personally, I have tried several in order to minimize stress especially when I have exams coming up or I know that I have a lot to accomplish during the week.
Ashwaganda: Ashwaganda is a powerful herb used in Ayurvedic healing. It is categorized as an “adaptogen” which means it helps your body manage stress. It helps to reduce cortisol levels, which is your body’s natural stress hormone.
Lemon Balm: Lemon balm comes from the mint family and has calming effects which are said to ease anxiety.
Valerian: Valerian claims to improve sleep quality and nervous tension which is caused by anxiety
There are several other supplements out on the market to reduce stress in anxiety, but these are some common ones that have personally helped me.
Overall, stress and anxiety are things that people suffer with whether they want to or not. It’s all a matter of how we decide to deal with it. Natural remedies are always better for your body and mind because they help you to become engaged in the process of relieving these issues. You become aware of the process and learn to manage it more efficiently. I give all of these methods of dealing with stress and anxiety from personal experience. These things have worked best for me, but their are endless possibilities to minimizing these issues.