You may be familiar with the sensation of your heart racing in response to a stressful scenario, or you may notice that your palms become clammy when confronted with a daunting task or event.
That is anxiety, the natural response of our bodies to stress.
If you haven’t identified your triggers yet, here are some examples: your first day at a new job, meeting your partner’s family, or giving a presentation in front of a large group of people. Everyone has distinct anxiety-inducing triggers, and identifying them is one of the most crucial steps in living with and controlling anxiety episodes.
Identifying your triggers can take some effort and self-reflection on your part, however. In the meanwhile, there are certain things you can do to try to prevent your worry from taking over and becoming overwhelming.
5 Ways to Cope with Anxiety
If your anxiety is intermittent and interfering with your ability to focus or complete chores, there are several short natural cures that may help you regain control of the issue.
If your anxiety is focused on a specific scenario, such as being concerned about an upcoming event, you may notice that the symptoms are brief and usually fade when the expected event occurs.
1. Confront your worries.
Negative thoughts can take root in your head and alter your perception of the gravity of the situation. One method is to confront your worries, ask if they are true, and discover where you can regain control.
2. Practice Deep, focused breathing
For 5 minutes, try breathing in for 4 counts and out for 4 counts. By spreading out your breaths, you will lower your heart rate, which should help you relax.
3. Try Aromatherapy
Scents like lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood may be quite relaxing, whether in oil form, incense, or a candle.
Aromatherapy is known to help stimulate particular brain receptors, potentially reducing anxiety.
4. Take a walk or practise yoga for 15 minutes.
Walking away from a stressful situation is sometimes the greatest way to calm down. Taking some time to focus on your body rather than your thinking may help you feel less anxious.
5. Make a note of your thoughts
Writing out what is causing you anxiety takes it out of your thoughts and can make it less intimidating.
These relaxation techniques are especially beneficial for people who feel anxiety on a sporadic basis. They may also be beneficial for someone who suffers from generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) when they find themselves in a pickle!