We all deal with stress. And no matter what we do, stress is going to happen. Body-wrecking anxiety though, is something that's not acceptable. Once I dug deep and discovered what triggered my own stress and subsequent anxiety, I learned how to eliminate it or, at the least, dramatically reduce it.
For me pharmaceutical remedies are not an option. I choose instead to go the alternative, natural way to balance out my system. Here are some of the holistic remedies that worked for me:
1. Seriously, Just Take A Deep Breath.
Has anyone told you to “ take a deep breath” and you want to smack them? I know, it can seem like this suggestion utterly trivializes what you are feeling, but this is actually the quickest, surest way to release the anxiety pressure valve.
The trick though, is about breathing "good." Stress bearing down on you causes rapid, shallow breathing - this is some of that good ‘ol ‘fight or flight' response reactionary stuff. True deep breathing, or abdominal breathing, automatically engages the body’s innate relaxation response. This calms us, gives us a moment to pause, stop the reactive thinking, and reduces some of that intense tension that stress brings on. Good breathing immediately improve our mood and even helps to repair our immune systems.
Important note; rapid, shallow breathing increases carbon dioxide in our blood and this reduces oxygen to our brains. This unhealthy increase in CO2 will make us feel extra tired, even depressed. Chronic increase in CO2 and we will get the anxiety and panic attacks and for some, nasty, debilitating phobias start to creep in... all you have to do is literally stop and breathe deeply. This can be very nourishing for your nervous system.
2. The Vitamins Have It Covered.
There are some pretty fabulous vitamins and key nutrients that can strengthen your body and mind. When I needed to heal and come back from exhaustion I had to address the core issues emotionally and spiritually, but I also turned to vitamins and minerals. Naturopaths recommend for stress and anxiety;