5 Natural Strategies to Relieve Anxiety

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There are many ways to reduce anxiety.

Here are our favorite five ways to reduce anxiety: 

1. Take a look around. 

Could it be that simple? Studies have found that the reason that anxiety is such an issue in this day and time is that we have stopped using peripheral vision. From the caveman days to today, humans have stopped using their peripheral vision because we no longer need it for survival on a regular basis. It’s great that don’t need to be constantly looking out for predators, but research suggests that there is a negative long-term effect on our emotional state.

Rachael, the founder of Green Goat, explains how changing the way you look at things can relieve anxiety in this quick video.

2. Move your body. 

Often we think about exercise, but moving your body – whether it’s a stretch, dancing in your bedroom, or a jog – is a great way to ease anxiety. In fact “physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.”  

So dance, run, play, or simply roll your shoulders! Just do what feels good for your body. What feels good is different for everyone, so listen to what your body wants, it will tell you! 

3. Try CBD.

There are many studies on CBD and anxiety (like this one). 

CBD is short for cannabidiol and you can find cannabinoids in the natural hemp plant. This natural oil won’t get you high and can be a safe, effective, and natural way to help you find relief from anxiety and everyday stress. 

There are a few ways CBD can work in the body to help consumers find that inner calm: 

First, CBD directly activates serotonin receptors. Serotonin is one of the happy, feel-good hormones in the body. 

Second, based on a specific study comparing the effects of THC and CBD, researchers found that CBD repressed autonomic arousal (the nervous system response associated with a sudden increase in heart rate or respiration). Aka, CBD calms the nervous system down when stressed. 

Third, studies have found that among people with anxiety, the receptors that receive the message to calm down are damaged or non-functioning. CBD can work through your Endocannabinoid System to help repair and strengthen these receptors.

4. Go outside. 

From a mountain hike to a stroll through a park, getting outside has immeasurable benefits: improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders, and even upticks in empathy and cooperation. 

“There is mounting evidence, from dozens and dozens of researchers, that nature has benefits for both physical and psychological human wellbeing,”

Lisa Nisbet, PhD

Lisa Nisbet, PhD, a psychologist at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, who studies connectedness to nature.

“You can boost your mood just by walking in nature, even in urban nature. And the sense of connection you have with the natural world seems to contribute to happiness even when you’re not physically immersed in nature.”

Lisa Nisbet, PhD

Read the whole article here

5. Meditate

Just do it. 

People have been meditating for thousands of years and there is a reason why meditation is still being used to relieve stress and anxiety worldwide. 

Psychological scientists have found that mindfulness influences two different stress pathways in the brain, changing brain structures and activity in regions associated with attention and emotion regulation. Scientists are also beginning to understand which elements of mindfulness are responsible for its beneficial effects.

You don’t have to begin with all of these strategies at once, just start with one, implement it, make it a habit, and then slowly add the rest into your daily routine.

You’ve got this, Mama!

Sources
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389
https://www.cbdschool.com
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/
https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/04/nurtured-nature
https://www.apa.org/topics/mindfulness/meditation

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