Tips & Tricks To Help Anxiety
Updated: Dec 4, 2019
It’s about to get real in this post!
So for about 7 years now I have struggled with anxiety. Crippling anxiety. What triggered this anxiety was living in a very abusive relationship for a year that physically and mentally took its tole on me. I would not be the person I am today without this struggle I went through because I have had to go through many ups and downs since.
Now this is not the anxiety you get when you’re excited, or when you are about to do something crazy. This is a different type of anxiety. One that at several points in the past 7 years has completely taken over my life and health. I have actually been to the ER several times because I thought I was having a heart attack. I’ve lost weight because of it. I haven’t left my house because of it. It has also made me very insecure and has brought on a lot of traits I have to work on now! Now some of you might not understand how this is possible, it just is and that is all I can say. Those of you who struggle with me, I know you get what I mean.
I am not writing this out to you for sympathy or anything like that and I do not mean to be negative. I wanted to write to you all in hopes to help someone else out there who may be going through the same thing. Because I have been there, and I have found ways to help….and you can do the same.
So first off, I am not saying these things I do makes the anxiety go away. They help to COPE with anxiety. Which should mean something because if you knew the people closest to me, they would tell you how insane it is to watch me go through panic attacks or anxiety filled episodes. To make my anxiety minimized is amazing. These make going through panic attacks a little easier, and they make it when there are times that I cannot breathe; way more bearable.
First things first. Acknowledge your anxiety. Know that it is okay and it will pass. Acknowledging it & recognizing it as ENERGY is the best thing you can do. Relaxing and accepting the feeling to happen will be the first step in making you not over-analyze the feelings.
If you ever get tingling in your arms or legs, move around. Shake it out. Squeeze a stress ball and realize that it is just energy and you just need to get rid of it.
Another helpful tip. PRAY. MEDITATE. Whatever spiritual path you are taking in life, use it.
In my case, I pray all the time for help in my anxiety. I also visualize during panic attacks that this will pass and I visualize what it looks like to not have anxiety. It does help. Your mind is so powerful.
Items that I have found helpful in my journey:
Thank the Lord for this magic in a bottle. CBD or Cannabidiol is the component found in marijuana that does not do anything to you psychologically. It is a huge component in the medicinal property found in marijuana. So many people use it for pain relief, anxiety relief, anti-seizure properties, sleep issues, and prevention of cancer.
This helps take the edge off. I noticed that taking this consistently helps the most.
You all know, I’m an oily hippy. I use them for everything. Especially my anxiety. I use mine through Young Living.
I actually have made an anxiety roller to help me during the day at work. Because boom, out of no where I’ll start to feel like I cannot breathe and then my mind goes wild into instant panic attack.
For example. The other day, I drank two small lattes. Bad idea lol. I was out shopping with my mom and just standing there my heart rate was like 122…..just standing. I immediately noticed that and started freaking out that it was that high and I thought I was going to die. Lol……ahhh anxiety and the thoughts it gives us.
Well I took out my anxiety roller, doused myself in it, and went on my merrily way. I put it on my neck, on my wrists, and in the crease of my arms. Within 5 minutes it was back into the 90’s for my heart rate. How crazy is that?
In my anxiety roller I use:
Lavender, Copaiba, Frankincense, & coconut oil to dilute.
Some more favorites of mine that I like to diffuse or apply are:
Stress Away or Peace and Calming. I freaking love Peace and Calming.
Calm powders + gummies:
This is a magnesium supplement. There are so many positive reviews about this product. Just go look it up.
Magnesium is great for anxiety and reducing stress levels. It is also good for calming tense muscles and sometimes when you are experiencing anxiety, you tense up your body and this helps relax those muscles. When I am going through extra stressful times, I make sure to take this daily to help. A lot of people use this for sleep help as well. Every time I take this I sleep like a baby as well.
Here is off of Natural Vitality’s website:
“When we are under stress, our cells—which in their resting state contain magnesium—go through a change. Calcium, normally outside the cells, enters the cells to create an action state. Nerve cells become excited and muscles tense. When the stress has passed, magnesium then pushes the calcium back out of the cells and everything relaxes. However, when there’s not enough magnesium, calcium remains in the cells, prolonging stress and creating magnesium-deficiency symptoms. You experience this as feeling stressed. Cellular magnesium deficiency can also express itself as fatigue and low energy; inability to sleep; muscle tension, spasms and cramps; anxiousness and nervousness; headaches; constipation and abnormal heart rhythms.”
I’ll leave it at that.
Tea + Baths:
When I am anxious, I tend to bundle up or want something warm. Taking a nice hot bubble bath with some chamomile tea I have been recently doing. This helps after a long stressful day at work. Sometimes I can’t get off my mind financial hardships or work troubles, so this helps me unwind.
When you struggle with anxiety, you learn to find ways to cope with it and hopefully it just gets better over time. I still struggle daily with it but with these methods I am able to be a somewhat normal human being in the real world lol. After finding these methods I can tell you that it IS getting better over time.
& just so you know, it is totally okay to have anxiety. Anxiety is just basically a form of fear in your body. Your body goes into flight or fight mode naturally and anxiety is just a response to that. Your body is doing just what it was created to do.
In addition, I want to mention that having anxiety disorders does not make you less of a person. Yes people with anxiety disorders struggle from time to time, but…. It does not make you weak to struggle. If anything struggle creates strength.
If you struggle with anxiety, what helps you?