I'm no stranger to anxiety. I'm actually having a really anxious day as I type. BUT the thing about anxiety- even though it may be crippling at times, there are ways to reduce your anxiety.
I'm not saying that it will completely go away- maybe it will, maybe it wont, maybe it will give you relief even if it's for an hour- anything helps.
We all have anxiety for certain reasons- some have more, some have less- anxiety can stir up because of food, body image, social situation, life situations... pretty much ANYTHING.
I want to share with you 5 ways to reduce anxiety....
1. Essential Oils
I love my essential oils. They are extremely soothing and relaxing. My favorite way to use my oils is to drop some lavender into my diffuser and let the aroma fill the air. The smells, the sounds, the energy can immediately decrease my anxiety. I love to lay on my bed, put on some kundalini meditation music, close my eyes, and breathe it out.
2. Get grounded
I was talking to a good friend, Sarah, (who also happens to be an amazing psychologist) this week and she mentioned an amazing "grounding technique." Most of the time when someone is experiencing anxiety their head is in the clouds and they are no where near grounded. So- how to reduce anxiety? Get grounded! Sarah said that one of the best ways to ground yourself is to walk in the grass bare foot. I loved her suggestion because it's an accessible technique AND it works.
Side note: If you are experiencing any anxiety or issues in your relationship Dr. Sarah Schewitz is an incredible resource. She has her doctorate in psychology and specializes in individual and couples therapy. She is currently taking new clients (online) + members for her Couples Learn membership site. You can check out her website + get FREE content + contact her HERE
This one may be something new to you but I've used this technique many times to take my anxiety levels from an unmanageable state to manageable. Like I mentioned above, sometimes these techniques don't vanish your anxiety but the most important thing for me is to take it down a notch!
"Tapping utilizes the body’s energy meridian points by stimulating them with your fingertips – literally tapping into your body’s own energy and healing power." Watch this YouTube video to see how it works and how you can add it into your daily routine.
2 books I highly recommend to understand what tapping is:
4. Go somewhere you love
I work from home A LOT as I'm an entrepreneur. So sometimes when I'm at home my anxiety can get the best of me. I know when I'm in that funky state I need to get out and go somewhere I love. Personally, I love to walk to my favorite local coffee shop, get a latte, set up my computer, and get some work done. I love that I'm outside of the house, in a great environment with lots of good energy- it immediately calms my anxiety and I can keep going along with my day. SO, what can you do or where can you go that you love when you are feeling the anxiety rising? You are the only one who knows what you love!
Ps. I'm totally writing this blog in my coffee shop right now. :)
5. Reach out for support
It's okay if you don't want to call someone and tell them your deepest darkest secrets or explain your anxiety- of course you can- but I get that some people aren't as open about their struggles- so what I do suggest is to just call a friend or someone you trust and just chat. Get yourself out of your inner world and have a light and airy convo with someone you care about. You can talk about the weekend or something funny that happened- ANYTHING. When you decide to distract yourself from your anxiety that's definitely a way to reduce the overwhelm. People are here to love and support you!
Also, if you are someone who struggles with anxiety to a higher degree I would also suggest to look into getting a therapist. You deserve to have all the support in the world- anxiety is no joke AND I also want to share with you that you are not crazy, anxiety is real and you get to honor yourself and get the support you need. (Again, Dr. Sarah Schewitz is an incredible resource!)
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Please, always know that- and if you feel alone please never hesitate to reach out to me- firstname.lastname@example.org
With love + peace,