Experiencing anxiety is a normal and healthy reaction to stress in everyday life. Occasionally, anxiety can become excessive, persistent, and disproportionate, resulting in an anxiety disorder. Symptoms vary by person, but commonly include increased heart rate, shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, excessive thoughts of worry, fear, and apprehension.
What You Can Do
Exercise: Physical activity encourages the production of neurons, which in turn increases levels of anti-stress neurotransmitters. 30 minutes of exercise is recommended daily, but any amount that you can do is beneficial.
Aromatherapy: Several essential oils are known to help relieve and guard against anxiety when inhaled or applied topically. Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Rose and Orange, just to name a few.
Positive self-talk: Positive affirmations are an effective way to counteract negative thoughts that take over during times of anxiety.
“ I can take things one step at a time.”
“ I have survived this before, I can do it again.”
Deep Breathing: Deep breathing helps promote your body’s natural relaxation response. It also helps shift your mind from the fight or flight response, to a more relaxed feedback of the parasympathetic nervous system.
-Take a deep breath.
-Exhale slowly through your mouth, through pursed lips.
-Repeat for several minutes until you feel your heart rate slow and your fear and worry diminish.