Having suffered from debilitating anxiety throughout my life I know 100% how difficult it is to live with anxiety every day. The fear of the unknown, the panic and the constant worrying is completely exhausting! It's a daily battle, one that you're not sure if you will ever defeat. You keep busy to avoid the emotional pain that triggers your anxiety, hoping that it will keep you occupied and far away enough from your pain.
Over the last 3 years I have been on a mission to clear my anxiety and improve my day to day life. I've tried and tested many different strategies and tools, some that have worked more than others. Today I want to share 5 of my favourite strategies that ease my anxiety. Whilst I still have moments of fear and panic, I have managed to keep my anxiety to a minimum. I longer suffer from the debilitating effects of anxiety like I used to and I'd love to help you do the same. You don't need to continue to live from this state, there is so much light, freedom and peace on the other side. I am passionate about finding natural methods for helping ease anxiety as personally I don't use medication. Having said that it is most important that you speak with your doctor about the best course of treatment for you. There are many different options and resources available to help you make an informed decision, and one that is suited to your individual needs and choices. The following recommendations are based on my personal experiences and thorough research that I have done over the last few years.
1. Breath Work
I've been experimenting with a variety of breath work recently, and have found them to be a powerful tool for clearing emotional energy in my body. One of the easiest ways to ease your emotional response during a panic attack or anxiety attack it deep belly breaths. During any emotional response such as an anxiety attack we tend to breathe very shallow usually up in the chest, unfortunately this only increases the stress on our body and will further the stress response in your body. Try taking some deep belly breaths next time you feel yourself become anxious. Notice how your body automatically starts to calm down and feel more peaceful. This is because your body's parasympathetic nervous system is activated-this is the calming and relaxing part of our nervous system which is active when we are relaxed and not stimulated, and acts as a way for our body to rest and digest and conserve energy.
I recently came across Deepak Chopra's Breathe To Balance Coursea free and guided short course that will help teach some basic and effective pranayama breathing techniques. I highly recommend trying them.
As I have mentioned in a previous post (you can read it here & here) meditation is such a powerful and important tool to add into your daily practice. The power of meditation lies in the ability to slow down the 'monkey mind' - all the thoughts which consume your mind. Anxiety is triggered when we focus on the future and all the things that we think we won't achieve or receive. Worrying about the future only causes stress and fear because we truly don't know what will happen in the future and something that we are not able to control. Meditation brings our awareness into the present moment, which is truly the only moment that we ever have.
Some of my go to meditation resources are:
3. Magnesium Salt Baths
Not only are magnesium salt baths restorative and ease tired and sore muscles, they are also calming, relaxing and grounding. Feeling grounded is all about being connected to your body, and being in the present moment. It is feeling every sensation in your body and disconnecting from the whirlwind of thoughts that you constantly have spinning in your head. It is all about connecting to your body and creating awareness of the physical sensations in your body.
My favourite magnesium salt bath is from Tinderbox and have a beautiful essential oil smell which is also very calming and relaxing.
4. Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations are positive and specific statements which are a powerful tool to help overcome self sabotaging and negative thoughts. They are a great tool to help you visualise and affirm what you believe in. It may seem a bit 'woo woo' if you come across the power of positive affirmations before, but trust me give them a go and see for yourself!
My favourite positive affirmations are on Gabby Bernstein's 'Spirit Junkie App'
Ah the power of music! Having a musical background and growing up playing the cello I have had a deep and connected passion for all kinds of music genres. These days I enjoy anything positive, uplifting and that gets my body moving. When we are in an anxious state we can often feel tension and nervous energy which doesn't feel all that great! Find what genres of music you enjoy and don't be afraid to experiment. I find that deep house, progressive and drum and bass music uplifts my mood and energy!
Please feel free to share in the comments what strategies you use to help ease your anxiety. If any of my tips have helped you, I'd love to hear how you are going.
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Love Jasmin xx