30th DEC 2016
6 INSTANT FIXES FOR ANXIETY
BY J.S. VON DACRE
"One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress." Viggo Mortensen
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems and inflicts havoc on millions of people across the world. Sufferers know only too well of the heart racing, nervousness and fear that descend like darkness, once the symptoms take hold.
Here are some tips for immediate relief when next you get an attack.
1. Go For A Walk In The Park
Your nervous system can be triggered by the stresses from your environment. Being in nature has a calming effect as it shifts your mind’s focus and helps to ground you.
That age-old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine” is certainly true when you are encumbered with a bout of anxiety. Laughter produces dopamine in your brain, which is one of the “feel good” hormones that makes you feel happy. It also decreases cortisol, which is the stress hormone.
Distract yourself with something funny–whether it is sharing a funny memory with a friend, reading a book, watching a comedy or anything that would cater to your sense of humour.
3. Rescue Remedy Or St John’s Worts
These are herbal alternatives that have helped many for decades. They contain natural ingredients that stimulate the production of chemicals in the nervous system, which are responsible for your moods.
4. Listen To Music
Listen to some of your favourite songs, preferably, something upbeat. And if you are by yourself, dance! This will also help to stimulate some of those “happy” chemicals in your brain.
5. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a coping strategy where you condition yourself to focus on the present. Often, anxiety is caused from worry about something that may or may not happen. By learning how to shift your thought process, you can train yourself to be in the “now”, instead of thinking about all the things, that more than likely will not occur.
Emotional freedom technique (EFT) or tapping is a technique of activating pressure points in the head and hands with a spoken affirmation. It stems from traditional Chinese medicine and millions of people use it.
Anxiety may seem like a life sentence to some, but remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is also extremely common, so speak to others and learn about their experiences. Sometimes putting a brave face on and looking as good as you can can persuade your inner self that all will be well again soon. .