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How I Tackle My Anxiety

by @iamreneeashley

PHOTO: Michigan Health Blog

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Do you deal with anxiety? I do. And it's something I just came to terms with this year. I didn’t realize that’s what it was called, I just thought I was going through something. That fast fluttering in your heart, mind going in 50 different directions, yet you may look calm as a butterfly. At least, that's how it is for me. You won’t see it on my face, I don’t wear anxiety in facial expressions but it’s definitely in my mind and in my body. It pops up at least once a day. Mostly it occurs when I'm dealing with a work-related issue that's overly complicated —sorting out how I’m going to get through the 20 things on my to-do list, while at the same time juggling anything else that may make its way into the little crack of my mind.

Anxiety is the worst. It’s such an unsettling feeling. I’ve done the yoga breathing, paused to slow down, yet it’s still there. How does one shake it? How can one who’s so calm have anxiety at the same time? 

I’ve found 3 ways to handle my anxiety that I would like to share with you all. Though handled, I'm still working through my anxiety. If you have any great tips yourself, please share! The more we share what we know, the more it’ll resonate and help others. If you too have anxiety, there is no shame in admitting it. Once you do, you'll soon be able to begin your own treatment towards overcoming. 

Here are some holistic remedies that work for me:

  1. Acupuncture

I didn’t really expect needles to make me feel calm, but the concept was legit, and I tried it. I’ve been enjoying this process because it brings a lot of clarity and a very relaxed sensation to my body. The tiny needles are put into your bodies pressure points depending on what your needs are. Acupuncture can help many things and it’s also more of a modern remedy. I actually had a release when I had my first session. I wasn’t crying, but tears were coming down my cheeks. The energy and the way it makes you slow down mentally was just what I needed.

It’s not a spot treatment, but heals other areas you may be going through. Do your research and pick a place that would be good for you. It’s like everything else you search for — not everyone will be a good fit and you want to be comfortable and secure. 

  1. Rhodiola Rosea

I’ve been doing some research on natural, holistic ways to help with anxiety and in doing so, I found out about Rhodiola Rosea. You can take it as a pill or a liquid extract. I preferred the liquid extract because I don’t like taking a bunch of different pills a day. I’m particular with the supplements I take via pill, so I like to balance things out with either liquids and/or powders. Knowing that my anxiety kicks in randomly, I decided on taking the liquid herbal supplement because you can add 2-3 drops into your water, juice, tea, etc and keep it with you as needed. 

Rhodiola is considered an adaptogen which means it helps to make you less prone to physical and emotional stress. It’s a natural medicine that stimulates the serotonin (the body’s natural feel-good chemical involving your brain), norepinephrine (improves energy and attentiveness) and dopamine (helps movement, emotion, memory, and thinking because it stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain) activities. 

Note: Do not take if you are pregnant or nursing.

Meditational Sounds

This is super new for me. But — I’ve been listening to the meditation playlist on iTunes. I found that during certain moments when my anxiety may kick in (while doing homework, and/or writing out business proposals, even starting this new business investment I made recently) it would happen to me. So I’d have to stop, and think of what I needed at that moment to feel more peace and calm. 

The sound of water and the ocean is the most amazing sound in the world. It’s something I’m drawn too, so I figured why not just listen to that while I’m doing things that can sometimes feel overwhelming. I like the music they play at the spa and at the wellness center I go to, it naturally calms you. So if you see me working in a coffee shop, I may be listening to the ocean waves — come say "hi," because I’ll be in my most peaceful, relaxed state.  

other remedies

The next things I plan to add into my life are more essential oils, therapy (still searching for a new therapist) and being aware of what my body needs from my workouts. That would look like getting back into yoga and doing that 1-2/weekly. 

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