Anxiety is basically your emotional reaction to something you consider as a threat or a danger. But the problem is sometimes most of us cannot really point out what the real threat is, we just feel anxious for no real reason or we just have a vague idea about a probable danger. The bad news is anxiety can reflect badly on your daily life, it can lead to poor concentration, increase your blood pressure, excessive sweating, shortness of breathing, and reduced overall productivity.
But don’t be worried as there are some really simple ways through which you can handle your emotional anxiety.
How to get over it?
Relaxing Warm Bath: There is nothing more relaxing and soothing like sitting in a warm bathtub. To boost its soothing effects you can add some dried lavender leaves to it if you do not have access to lavender leaves you can make use of lavender oil. Why lavender? Its unique aroma has a very good reputation for inducing calmness and peaceful mindset. If you are not in a mood for taking a dip, then you can slather a bit of lavender oil on your forehead and enjoy its aroma for few minutes a day.
Watch your breath: Whenever you are anxious or depressed your breathing gets erratic and you tend to breath faster. Be seated in a peaceful and comfortable place, take a deep breath, watch your breathing, be conscious about your breathing rhythm, as you continue to be watchful your breathing will start to slow down and you will start to feel more relaxed. If you have some extra time to spend, get to a meditation class everyday or practice pranayama. You will start to notice big changes in your mood.
Drink a glass of warm milk: Many doctors advice to drink a glass of warm milk before heading to sleep as a remedy for insomnia. Warm milk is believed to reduce your stressful feeling and tension of the whole day and put you at ease which helps you to sleep better. Scientifically milk contains an amino acid called tryptophan which is essential for the production of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin makes you feel healthy mentally, which is vital for your well being.
Catnips Tea: This is a weird herb which you should never give to your cats because it makes it totally feel restless and hyperactive. The good thing is in humans it has an opposite effect, it helps you to sleep better. It is a mild sedative, so get some catnips tea bags from a local store and use it whenever you feel little worried.
Hops Tea: Hops is what gives the beer its unique bitter taste. It is used in beer manufacture due to its sedative properties. A strange fact is people who work in hops farm are known to suffer from a strange disorder which makes them feel more sleepy, it is called Hop-picker fatigue. Mix 2 teaspoons of this herb in a cup of hot boiling water and drink this tea two to three times a day.
Limit Caffeine intake: Numerous studies have revealed that people who suffer from anxiety and depression are more attracted towards coffee and caffeine, this makes them drink it uncontrollably. Too much caffeine intake can lead to sleepless nights which can make the condition much worse. So limit the coffee, tea, or any carbonated beverage intake to just one cup a day.
Do not drink caffeinated drinks before going to bed.
Alcohol is not an option: Some people feel that drinking alcohol helps them to come out of depression, anxiety, and stress. This is not true. Alcohol only gives a temporary relief by fading down your brain activity. Once its effects wear off it will actually make your anxiety more concentrated and worse.
Walk away your stress: A brisk walk early in the morning or in the late evening encourages the section of feel-good hormones such as endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. So make it a habit to ensure your both physical and mental wellness.
Practice Meditation: Osho used to say “Medicine heals your body, meditation heals your soul” He cannot be truer. Meditation calms your mind and gets rid of all the unwanted negative emotions you are going through which includes anxiety. If possible get the help of a professional trainer, else you can always practice it yourself.
Valium: It is one of the most popular anti-anxiety drugs that has proven to reduce your stress and boost your mood. But do not take it without Doctor’s advice. The recommended dose is 250 to 500 milligrams which can be taken twice a day.
B-complex multi-vitamin: Many studies have revealed that people who undergo anxiety have vitamin B6 deficiency. It is a vital vitamin that is needed for the production of serotonin. Take a B-complex multivitamin tablet once a day.
How to Deal with Anxiety attacks?
Anxiety attacks happen unexpectedly after a period of prolonged stress, it leads to a surge in your pulse rate, blood pressure, and increases the shortness of breathing. Something people even misunderstand it to be a heart attack. But you are not in any kind of Danger, you just need to be watchful of what your body is going through and tell yourself that everything is just fine. Try to take deep breaths and let the emotional surge run its course and subside by itself slowly.
When to seek the help of a Doctor?
Long-term anxiety can take a serious toll your health. It can spoil your sleep, concentration, and productivity at work. Sometimes it can make people try out alcohol, smoking, and illegal drug usage. These habits can only heighten up the anxiety further. If you cannot able to deal with the anxiety yourself seek a professional help of a psychiatrist or a psychologist.