“Nothing, my nerves just bad.” – Me and you, your mama and your cousin too.
I know it can become extremely overwhelming. From the anxiety attacks to the feeling like you’re all alone, I have dealt with that on far too many occasions. In my earlier days of anxiety, my ways to cope was either (1) crying alone—ugly and loud or (2) going for a run that seemed to never end. Now look, neither one of those are bad coping mechanisms—cry if you must, run if it helps. Though everyone is different, I’d like to share a few remedies that have moderated and sort of contained my anxiety. Though I occasionally still succumb to anxiety every now and then, I’ve learned that I will overcome—I gots this shit!
Adaptogens are natural substances considered to help the body adapt to stress and exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. There are several adaptogens out there that work with your body to ease stress and anxiety. Sun Potion has a blend of adaptogens that includes reishi mushroom and ashwagandha. Reishi is considered the ‘Mushroom of Mortality’—and works to calm your mind and body during times of fatigue. Ashwagandha helps to balance the hormones that contribute to anxiety. Adding this blend to your morning coffee, daily smoothie or night time warm beverage is a good way to introduce the benefits of these adaptogens into your system.
Pause your day and take a moment to relax—I mean really relax. When I first attempted meditation, I just could not find my center. I could not get pass the “no way this shit working, how long have I been sitting here?” stage. Then finally, I stopped thinking about it—and I did it. I started out with just 5-minutes and began to increase in time from there. Meditating calms your mind and body—and improves your mental and physical state. It pauses you within the moment—and for some gives you an out of body experience to reflect on what truly makes you happy.
Next time you feel anxiety getting the best of you; stop in the moment, close your eyes (not scary movie tight), release your shoulders from your ears, unclench your jaw, remove your tongue from the roof of your mouth, take deep and slow breaths and allow your mind to reflect on the positive things.
Yoga helps to ease tension and stress in your body and aid in relaxation. Anxiety can cause tension and tightness—yoga poses work to stretch and lengthen your muscles. Coupled with controlled breathing—yoga allows the body and mind to enter into a calm and relaxed state.
Try a few of these yoga poses the next time you feel anxiety is getting the best of you.
Before you get to thinking—NO you will not get high. CBD oil works with your brain to induce relaxation. CBD oil activates the neurotransmitters known as dopamine, serotonin and glutamate. Dopamine is one of the chemicals in your brain that activates happiness. Serotonin is a mood regulator, in high concentrations it is stated to keep your happy mood stable. Glutamate increases memory and heightens your senses. Add this oil to your favorite drink or directly into your mouth to help you moderate your anxiety.
For me it was running—for you it may be walking, spin class or even boxing. Exercise has been said to be one of the best stress and anxiety reducers. When you exercise your body releases endorphins—feel good chemicals produced by the body to diminish pain and induce a sense of euphoria. Find an exercise you enjoy and make it apart of your daily routine.
No, seriously. Whenever you feel as if the world is closing in around you—simply stop and take 3-5 deep breaths. Inhale with your nose—gone fill up with air, and exhale with your mouth. Don’t rush these breaths, take your time.
How do you deal with anxiety? Do share! Your tactic may be something that may help someone else.