5 Natural Ways to Calm Anxiety

5 Natural Ways to Calm Anxiety

By Perla Lopez

5 Natural Ways to Calm Anxiety

Anxiety is a common feeling. It is a by-product of the challenges that sometimes life throws at us. However, when anxiety becomes a daily struggle you must find ways to take control of it before it starts controlling you. If you’ve been struggling to find ways to ease your anxiety, here are 5 steps you can take now: 


  • Change your Morning Coffee Routine
  • A coffee alternative that you could try out is Matcha. Matcha contains amino acids that helps your body to process caffeine slower and creates a state of calm alertness. One of the best benefits Matcha provides is less jitters and a more sustained energy boost – with no crash at the end. The amino acids in Matcha improves focus and helps you concentrate. Unlike coffee, Matcha contains chlorophyll, vitamin A and vitamin C, giving you an overall healthy boost. 

     

  • Write it out
  • Writing down what triggers your anxiety can help you find ways to identify and avoid your triggers. Another idea is to practice writing down what you’re grateful for. Gratitude relieves anxiety and allows you to see positivity when you’re in a state of anxiety. Gratitude journals are great tools to write down the things you are grateful for throughout the day. 


    Gratitude Journal


  • Aromatherapy 
  • Aromatherapy uses fragrant essential oils to promote health and well-being. Studies have shown that aromatherapy helps you relax, sleep, boost your mood and reduce heart rate and blood pressure. Now in Self-care items such as hand lotions, diffusers, candles are great ways to start using aromatherapy as a way to reduce anxiety. 


    Some essential oils used to relieve anxiety are: Lavender, Jasmine, Chamomile and Rose.



  • Stay active 
  • Participating in physical activity can aid in lowering your stress hormones. Exercise promotes well being by distracting you from negative thoughts and emotions, promotes confidence, and can be a good source of social support. 


    Try these activities to help decrease anxiety:

    1. Yoga
    2. Hiking 
    3. Nature walks

     

  •   Play the 5-5-5 game
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    When you're anxious, you're often caught in a negative thought loop. Follow these steps to get back into your body and decrease your anxiety:

    1. Look around and name 5 things you can see.
    2. List 5 sounds you can hear.
    3. Move 5 parts of your body you can feel.