Feeling more nervous energy than usual? 2020 has been a challenge for us all mentally, emotionally and even physically. While we are all trying to find ways to cope with the new landscape, the anxiousness we are feeling is actually pretty common!
So here are some tips from us to ease those nervous jitters and invite peace to our lives!
Keep yourself active!
Feeling anxious? One way to keep anxiety at bay is to remain active! Go for a run, swim, cycle, Yoga or Pilates.
Exercising releases the feel-good endorphins that can enhance your sense of well-being and get away from the cycle of negative thoughts!
Time for a nice hot cup of tea!
Having trouble falling asleep, it is time or a nice warm cup of beverage!
What do we recommend? Try out some chamomile or lavender tea. A small 2016 study in the journal Phytomedicine found that long-term chamomile use “significantly” reduces moderate-to-severe symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Compounds in lavender also work to mimic the role of neurotransmitters, helping to decrease stress levels and reduce anxiety. So when you feel anxious, go ahead and reach out for that nice cuppa tea.
Research has shown that mindfulness helps to reduce anxiety. What Mindfulness does is teach us how to respond to stress with an awareness of what is happening in the present, rather than simply acting instinctively, unaware of what emotions may be driving that decision or feeling.
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Sound Bath Experience
A rush of nervousness? Immerse yourself in a Sound Bath session!
So how does Sound Bath help calm you down? Sound Bath uses vibrations to promote a heightened state of relaxation. Research has shown that listening to the pleasing sounds have been strongly associated with lowering anxiety and entering a state of relaxation.
Reduce/Cut Out Caffeine & Alcohol Intake
Excessive consumption of alcohol can worsen anxiety as it changes the level of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain. A 2008 study showed how caffeine increases alertness by blocking adenosine making you feel less tired while triggering the release of adrenaline. If consumed excessively, this can lead to caffeine-induced anxiety.
Have Fun With Cuddly Animals
Did you know that many universities have instituted “Pet Your Stress Away” program? Just 10 minutes of interacting with cats and dogs produce a significant reduction in a student’s cortisol, a major stress hormone.
People who are anxious tend to take rapid, shallow breaths and are often unaware of their breathing. This can cause an upset in the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body resulting in increased heart rate, dizziness, muscle tension, etc. This may signal a stress response that contributes to anxiety.
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