Anxiety is a fickle thing, isn’t it? Some days are dope and carefree while others are the complete opposite. Some days we have a hold on our emotions and other days we struggle just to keep it together.
When dealing with anxiety at any level, the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Every one of us has experienced feeling anxious and out of control.
We live in a world where medications such as anti-anxieties and anti-depressants are prescribed quite frequently – to people of all ages. It’s not uncommon to meet a teenager taking one or both of these without any real knowledge on the long-term effects (ahem, me).
Yes. I was on both of these medications back in high school and into my first year of post-secondary. In addition to that, I was on birth control and at some point was prescribed something to help me focus.
Which is why I’m writing this post.
It’s been years since I’ve taken any prescription medication and I’ve never felt better. I no longer identify myself as someone who suffers from depression or anxiety and I attribute a lot of my transformation to these habits.
Here are some ways we can all work toward beating anxiety naturally.
1. Practice meditation.
It’s important to make time for meditation practice every day – in order to recalibrate our minds and keep ourselves grounded.
But it’s especially important to make time for meditation during times when anxiety or negative emotions are high.
Sitting in a quiet area, closing your eyes and focusing on your breathe for just five minutes can help you immensely in times of panic or dis-ease.
If you’re ever having difficulty quieting your mind, try counting the things you are grateful for in your life.
This way you are focusing all of your energy on positive thoughts and moving away from negativity. You’re raising your frequencies and gaining control over the state of your mind.
2. Read a good book.
And by this, I don’t mean reading articles on the latest news.
Find a book that you can fully immerse yourself in – something that will pull you away from any negative thoughts.
Reading is not only a positive way to change your mental state – it also serves a plethora of benefits for the brain as well.
3. Movement or exercise.
When you’re feeling negative, anxious or uncomfortable – I’m sure one of the the last things you want to do is get into your workout gear and go to the gym. Believe me, I’ve been there.
It’s definitely a difficult thing to convince yourself to do. But once you’ve become immersed in your workout – your mind, body and spirit will thank you.
If you really can’t bring yourself to go to the gym – try doing some gentle stretches or yoga positions and pair them with your breathing.
4. Get outside.
Fresh air can be incredibly healing.
What’s even more beneficial is connecting with nature.
We weren’t meant to be stuck inside, staring at screens and absorbing copious amounts of information all the time.
If this is what you’re continuously doing day-in-day-out – then of course you’re going to experience bouts of anxiety.
Take the time to get outside and enjoy what the world has to offer. Take a walk through your local park or a cute residential neighbourhood.
Disconnect from the constant stream of news and its accompanying commentary. Take control of your mental state and refocus your energy.
5. Connect with a friend.
Hearing someone else’s opinion can help silence the anxious voices in our heads. It can pull us away from that negative stream of thought and change our state of mind.
If you’re not in the mood to discuss what is making you feel anxious (sometimes that just makes us feel more anxious), allow yourself the comfort of being with someone familiar. Perhaps engage in an activity that is both fun and distracting (i.e., a walk in the park).
At the end of the day, we are the ones who can take care of ourselves and each other. It’s important to remember to start from within and work hard to see all the positive things happening in the world.
Remember, you are the creator of your own reality! If you can change your mindset, you can change your life.
Keep your chin up and find something to be grateful for today!
What are some ways you deal with anxiety naturally?