Anxiety, just what is this silent disruptor? According to the Anxiety And Depression Association of America, or the ADAA, Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD, affects “6.8 million adults or 3.1 percent of the U.S. population, is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. They may worry more than seems warranted about actual events or may expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern.”
Have you ever felt this way? Anxiety can be like a tornado blowing through your life seemingly leaving you with little to no control. I know because I suffer from anxiety. At times my anxiety is so bad that I can’t leave the home for fear something bad will happen. My sleep is disrupted and I have bought of crying that I feel I can’t control. All of this can be overwhelming, you may think there is no way I can possibly lead a normal life with anxiety. Well, I’m here to tell you that that is not true. With a little help from Flora Remedia and a few tips, you will be equipped to cope with your anxiety.
Five Ways to Cope With Anxiety:
- Take deep breaths: This can be difficult to do when you feel that your heart is about to burst open, but I would advise you to inhale and exhale slowly to slow down your thinking and your heart rate. As many of you know about two years ago I really became interested in the power of essential oils. In fact for a while there I carried my clove oil with me everywhere. But, now companies like Flora Remedia, an Australian owned company, are creating a roll on essential oils that you apply to your temple and pulse points to relieve anxiety. The Flora Remedia team sent me the Uplifting treatment to try and I love it. The Uplifting treatment has a soothing and calming scent that balances your mood. The ingredients include fractionated coconut oil, clove leaf essential oil, sweet orange essential oil, clove leaf essential oil, cinnamon bark essential oil, cardamom essential oil, and black pepper essential oil. With Olive and Hornbeam flower essences. You can rest easy knowing that Flora Remedia does not test on animals. The Uplifting treatment retails for $18.23 and is a real gem in times of extreme stress. Carry it with you everywhere to relieve anxiety in a pinch.
- Take time out: Often times, stepping back from a problem will help you relax and re-examine the situation with a clear mind. Try taking up meditation, pilates, running or any form of exercise that will help you relax and center your mind. By allowing yourself this “me time” you will be able to better cope with your anxiety.
- Maintain a positive attitude: The ADAA encourages anxiety and depression sufferers to “make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.” This has always been difficult for me because my brain fixates on negative thoughts and often leaves no room in my mind for anything else. However, my mother has been instrumental in helping me to push out negative thinking. She advised me to write down all my negative thoughts on a piece of paper. Then, take a deep breath and force yourself to see the upside of every negative thought you have written down. Afterward, make yourself a mantra that you can repeat daily that will help you to remain calm. I have one and I’ve been using it for six years now. It helps me to relax and puts my mind at ease.
- Accept what you cannot control: It is easy for us to let anxiety allow us to stress about things beyond our control. For instance, I have an illness that is unpredictable. Would it be wise for me to sit and worry about what will happen next? This is a question I have to constantly ask myself. In fact, I had to ask myself that question just this morning. You see, anxiety is like cancer and can erode your happiness and will to fight. Don’t let it. Write down all of the things you are worried about and check off those you can fix. For those, you cannot fix, work on accepting them so that your anxiety will lose its ammunition to hurt you with those thoughts.
- Talk to someone: When I first began experiencing the effects of anxiety, I refused to talk to anyone about it. This made me more paranoid than ever and led me to a dark place where I didn’t even trust my family. My point is that you need to speak to someone to help you come out of your anxious moment. This could be a doctor or even a close companion. But please promise me you won’t try to go at this alone.
Anxiety can be difficult to cope with but by taking time for yourself, maintaining a positive attitude, accepting what you cannot change, breathing deeply, and talking with someone, you will have the tools you need to cope with your anxiety.
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How do you cope with anxiety?