There is no denial that the world is more stressful now than ever. As national and global issues seem to never end, and the constant bad news constantly reinforced by the social media cycles, it’s hard to believe how badly our mental health has been treated. And by consequence, so many people (and especially young people) struggle with anxiety that it’s become a real epidemic. So if you’re looking for some simple ways to combat anxiety, look no further:
You may not realize it, but the scents that you breathe in have a lot to do with how you feel. Inhaling your favorite smell or some well-known calming scents can make all the difference when you’re feeling anxious.
One of the most well-known calming scents is lavender. But more types of essential oils are also known for their calming effects such as orange, chamomile, sage, rose, and others.
“Essential oils are scented liquids that manufacturers derive from plants, flowers, and fruits. Research suggests that aromatherapy with some essential oils may help promote relaxation and relieve anxiety.”-Medical News Today
Essential oils have become a major hobby in the past ten years, with many women investing and collecting for life. So on top of many wellness benefits like improved sleep or immune systems, it also can just be a fun way to spend some time.
These oils are great for mixing with water in spray bottles, sprinkling on your pillows, or adding into oil diffusers. But if essential oils aren’t your thing, there are many different types of scented candles in the same smells.
One of the best ways to combat anxiety is taking 30 minutes out of your day to take a warm bath, which is great for soothing the senses. There’s just something about sitting in water that gives you time to recuperate and reorganize your thoughts.
There are many different scientifically proven health benefits to taking baths. Some of these include improvement of heart and respiratory health.
“Taking a bath may help you to breathe easier. Being immersed in water past your chest with your head out, can have a good influence on your lung capacity and oxygen intake… When the water is warmer and your heart is beating faster, the steam created can clear your sinuses and chest.”-PMA Online
You can soothe your anxiety with bathing by adding aromatherapy into your bath to double up on combating your stress. You can add in any calming essential oils of your choice. Or you can add scented Epsom salts and bubble bath to improve your experience even more.
There’s a lot to be said for bathing as a practice. Sure a shower can be satisfying, but merely standing under hot water may not do the trick. Instead we recommend baths, as they better allow you to rub, scrub, and rejuvenate every inch of your body.
We also have a post on 7 Things You Need to Make Your Bath More Relaxing if this sounds like a great solution for you.
Pretty much everyone has some bay leaves in the kitchen. They’re great for flavouring food, but they should never be eaten directly because that could be toxic.
However, did you know that there’s more to bay leaves that just being a spice?
For centuries, people have burned bay leaves before the invention of incense for their calming properties. They improve blood circulation, inflammation, respiratory health, and stomach health. Lighting some bay leaves in a fire-safe bowl or jar is the perfect way to relax and feel renewed.
Definitely make sure you’re being safe when you do this, though, because these leaves catch fire quickly and burn up fast. If you’re interested in more information on burning bay leaves, check out this informative article.
Additionally, if you’re worried about the fire hazard, you could make a tea out of bay leaves with some freshly boiled water. For flavouring, you could add in some cinnamon sticks or anything else that you would like to taste alongside it.
Try the Shen Men Pressure Point
There’s a reason why massages are always a go-to for relieving stress. Many women have a standing appointment for their chiropractors and nail salons, whenever anxiety becomes too much. But for an easy DYI example, look no further than the Shen Men point.
In Chinese acupressure, there’s a pressure point near the top of your ear called the Shen Men or “heaven’s gateway”. It is located at the highest inner part of your hair. To find it do the following:
- Locate the outer part of your ear.
- Move your finger a bit to find the inner ridge.
- Follow the ridge up to the top inner part of your ear.
- You’ll find a dip once you get all the way to the top.
- Massage the dip area to activate the point.
If you massage this specific point on your ear, it seriously helps to relieve some stress. For more information on Shen Men, take a look at this article.
You should never overlook the element of chemistry in your diet. There’s a lot of research on how the belly and the brain are intimately connected. Everything you take in has a reaction. In a nutshell, if your stomach biome isn’t happy, you might find it hard to be satisfied. So if you find yourself taking in a lot of alcohols or processed foods, that should be a clue that your diet should be improved to fight anxiety.
But sometimes, anxiety stems from a lack of vitamins or good stomach flora. You can start resolving this by taking some probiotics. There’s many different vitamins made specifically to counter anxiety, and taking one a day could do the trick. Additionally, you can take fish oils to improve mental health and cognition.
Don’t you feel better already? By incorporating these simple self-care steps into your daily routine, anxiety will seem like a molehill instead of a mountain.
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