Anxiety is a mental health disorder that affects around six in 100 people. Those that experience anxiety might have a mild case of it, while the severity for others could be relatively high. In either case, anxiety is something that can affect a person’s quality of life.
If you experience anxiety and are finding it hard to cope, don’t worry because you’re not alone. The good news is there are strategies you can try to help you cope with your anxiety and stop it from taking over your life. Here are some easy-to-try ideas for inspiration:
1. Go for a walk
Have you ever noticed that your anxiety levels seem to drop when you go outdoors for a long walk somewhere? Walking is a free and simple idea to help you take control of your life from your anxiety.
Why does walking help with anxiety, you might ask yourself? When you walk, your body releases natural pain relievers: endorphins. Those hormones are also responsible for regulating adrenaline and cortisol – two hormones that can wreak havoc on your body.
2. Ask your GP for help
If you experience anxiety and haven’t been ‘officially’ diagnosed with it, you should make an appointment with your GP. Doing so means you can get an official diagnosis, and your GP can prescribe you some medicine to help you keep anxiety levels under control.
Your GP may also offer you other options to help you tackle your anxiety, such as referring you to a counsellor for therapy sessions.
3. Use CBD oil
Some people will understandably not want to take prescribed medicine for anxiety regularly. If you’d prefer to try a more natural approach, have you considered CBD oil? There is plenty of evidence to suggest that CBD oil can help alleviate anxiety.
CBD oil is readily available in the UK and doesn’t contain THC (the chemical compound found in cannabis that gets you high). It’s safe and legal to use, and you can consume it by putting a drop under your tongue or mixing it with your favourite beverage.
4. Do some yoga
Yoga combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and relaxation. It’s a brilliant way of helping you to feel calm and composed, and rid your mind of the things causing your anxiety levels to spike.
You can practice yoga at home, so it’s a COVID-safe pastime, and there are plenty of YouTube videos to teach you the basics. Yoga teaches you how to get your body and mind into a state of relaxation, and it’s something even GPs recommend to people with anxiety.
5. Use aromatherapy
Lastly, another simple and effective treatment for anxiety is aromatherapy. Certain essential oils, scented candles, and incense sticks are very soothing and will have a positive impact on your anxiety levels. Examples include:
- Lavender oil;
- Rose oil;
- Vetiver oil;
- Jasmine oil;
- Chamomile oil.
It’s thought that aromatherapy helps with anxiety because certain scents activate receptors in your body that help to ease anxiety.
*This is a collaborative post.