We’re moving house tomorrow so my anxiety levels this past week have been at an all time high. There is just something about moving that turns me into the most stressed out person.
I am anxious, I am nervous and I am worried that things will go wrong…it’s only natural to feel afraid of certain things.
If you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear.
If you let your upset mind settle, your course will also become clear.
When it comes to moving I like to know a removalist is sorted. I like to know that we have a place to move into and everything else is organised ahead of time (call me a control freak, whatever). This time around it’s happening a little slower, so my brain is automatically thinking the worst, thus my mood has changed and I have in turn been putting unneeded stress on myself and those around me. I am usually a positive, bubbly, happy person, but I definitely have my ups and downs like the rest of the world.
I know I’m not speaking just for myself when I say life gets pretty stressful and sometimes all the anxiety you’re feeling builds up and is often overwhelming. Anxiety is an awful emotion to feel – it is so unsettling and disruptive.
Today I thought I would share some natural remedies I like to take whenever I am feeling stressed, anxious and just not my usual self and some activities I like to do to change my mindset.
I prefer trying natural solutions – for example, you may have read about my love of Turmeric for skincare in March. It’s not necessarily that prescription medications are bad. The problem is they don’t actually cure the problem; they just help you out while on them. Turning to natural remedies while feeling anxious or stressed allows you to learn valuable coping strategies for your anxiety, instead of just masking the problem with pills.
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• Rescue Remedy has an amazing spray – you may have heard about it before, but if you haven’t it can be used to help get through any stressful situation. It helps you relax, get focused and get needed calmness. It was formulated by Dr. Bach nearly a hundred years ago! It is made from 5 different Bach flowers. I picked mine up from Priceline Pharmacy.
• Camomile tea has gotten me out of some stressful situations. Camomile is great to treat mild anxiety and stress and settle an upset stomach. Have a cup at the end of the day to relax you for the night.
• Valerian is what I take sometimes to help aid my sleep. It’s plant based – the roots are said to have sedative, calming properties and aid in the treatment of anxiety-induced insomnia. I took them prior to boarding the flight to Thailand and it worked well for me. I take this in tablet form. You can get them from any Priceline Pharmacy store.
• Leafy greens can help to up your magnesium levels, Magnesium is a calming mineral that nourishes the nervous system and helps prevent anxiety, fear, nervousness, restlessness and irritability. Lots of brands have magnesium supplements, I prefer Swisse Ultiboost Magnesium tablets from Priceline Pharmacy.
• Omega 3: According to Joseph R. Hibbeln from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, omega-3 can affect the functionality of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which plays a critical role in both depression and anxiety. Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent depression by increasing the functionality of serotonin; it can also help prevent anxiety.
My favourite anxiety reducing activities
• Schedule in some you time. Run yourself a bath, or have a hot shower followed by a facemask. Anything to calm your nerves.
• Meditate. I am still yet to master meditation, but after our move I am going to look into new yoga studios and learn from a professional.
• Sit on the beach.
• Go for a walk / run – get your endorphins pumping through your blood. Research shows it takes about 21 minutes to reliably reduce anxiety.
• Make a new playlist and listen to it while reading a new book. Music is so soothing.
Adding these things into your daily routine is a way to help cope if you’re feeling anxious. You still need to learn to reduce your anxiety levels overall – then the next step is to finally cure it.
Disclaimer: These methods work for me. I am not a trained doctor or professional, so please seek professional advice before using or taking any of these items as there could be side effects.