Part 1: A Natural Approach to Reducing Anxiety

If you’re suffering from anxiety, you might be struggling to get your symptoms under control. Perhaps someone has suggested that you try medication. But before exploring that form of treatment, you’d prefer to learn a few methods for managing your anxiety naturally.

Natural anxiety management may not be a cure-all for everything. However, there are many people who alleviate their symptoms through natural techniques. Even if you do decide to pursue medication in the future, you can still benefit from incorporating some natural anxiety management tactics into your lifestyle. Here are a few simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the severity of your anxiety.

Fix Your Sleep Schedule

If you’re exhausted, you’re more likely to suffer from anxiety. Of course, this can feel like a frustrating cycle: anxiety can leave you tossing and turning when you try to fall asleep, or wake you up several times every night. But creating a cozier, healthier sleep environment can help you get more shut-eye. Make sure to turn off your screens an hour or two before your bedtime, keep your room dark, and try to adopt a relaxing bedtime routine. You may want to write in a journal before bedtime so that you can get any anxious thoughts out of your mind and down on paper.

Commit to an Exercise Routine

Working out can help you process some of those anxious feelings and channel that energy into something productive. You might want to start running, swim laps at a gym with a local pool, or take fitness classes that take place on the same day each week. Signing up for a class with a recurring schedule might motivate you to stick to the same routine, week in and week out. Without that scheduled commitment, you might be tempted to skip workouts!

Cut Back on Caffeine

Caffeine may be part of your daily morning routine. Perhaps you look forward to your morning cup of coffee each day. You don’t have to cut out coffee entirely, but if you’re drinking more than one cup, it’s time to dial it back. Consuming too much caffeine can send your heart rate to skyrocket and worsen your anxiety symptoms. Stick to one cup of coffee each morning, and consider going cold turkey for a little while just to see what kind of effect it has on your mental health.

Try Yoga and Meditation

Maybe you’ve tried a yoga class before, or perhaps you’ve given meditation a shot once or twice. Yoga and meditation are both mindfulness practices that can drastically reduce your anxiety if you’re consistent with these habits. You might worry that you’re not flexible or athletic enough for yoga, or that you won’t be able to meditate without getting distracted. Don’t worry! These practices are for everyone, and you’ll be able to find classes for beginners in every city. You can also find educational resources and tutorials online to help you start your yoga and meditation journey.

Spend More Time in Nature

You may have noticed that your anxiety gets worse when you’re cooped up inside or spending lots of time online. Spending more time in nature can help. You could go hiking on the weekends, or even get some camping gear and spend a few days outdoors to completely unplug. What if you don’t live near any hiking trails? Simply going for a stroll around your neighborhood or biking to work can help! Nature is a powerful “treatment” for anxiety.

Are you interested in learning to manage your anxiety naturally? Working with a therapist can help. Reach out to us today to discuss your options for scheduling a Therapy for Women session.