You might ask, what is the best remedy for anxiety? Well, the short answer is there is no “best” remedy for anxiety relief. Or I should say, there isn’t one best anxiety relief that fits all people. However, don’t quit reading or despair because my number one tip on finding your best remedy for anxiety is that there’s a whole host of strategies for you to try. You just have to find the best remedy that works for you.
DOES EVERYONE HAVE ANXIETY?
The truth is, everyone can experience moments of anxiety due to a natural response to stress in certain situations. For example, you are feeling nervous before a big interview or when your teen takes the family car out by themselves for the first time. This kind of anxiety goes away when the situation is over.
Yet, not everyone experiences the kind of anxiety that interferes with their ability to carry out their daily tasks. For example, the type of anxiety that comes from out of nowhere, is not tied to a specific event but causes them to deal with irrational fears that cause persistent symptoms for long periods. Or the type of anxiety that is so severe that it makes them avoid certain situations. Do you experience this kind of anxiety?
WHAT DO I DO IF I‘M ALWAYS ANXIOUS?
The good news is you can learn how to manage your symptoms, so it doesn’t interfere with your daily life. You can learn to identify your triggers and develop coping strategies for them. Over time, you’ll find your anxiety much more manageable.
As I said above, there are numerous strategies to help manage anxiety, and you really need to try different techniques to see what helps you the most. One other thing to keep in mind is that some methods that work at home might not be suitable for when you are in public or at work.
So now the trick is to see what works best for you and to have different techniques in your back pocket that you can pull out and have ready in any situation. Let’s look at a few techniques you can try to find the best remedy for anxiety that will work for you.
Anxiety relief strategies
Create a positive self-talk habit
Many people ignore how they talk to themselves. But it really matters. You might be surprised by how much you self-doubt, criticize yourself or make catastrophic predictions. So pay more attention to your inner thoughts and see If you hear yourself saying such things as:
- I’m so dumb
- Nothing ever goes right for me
- I just know it’s going to turn out bad
- I know everyone is talking about me
- I’ve been having headaches lately. What if it’s a brain tumor?
It’s so important to learn to talk to yourself in a kinder, reasonable, and understanding way.
So when you hear your inner dialogue start to go in these directions, pause and choose a positive (helpful) thought to replace the negative (unhelpful) one.
Eliminate the things that add to your stress
Sometimes the best remedy for anxiety is to eliminate the things that are adding to your stress so you can invite more peace into your life.
With so much chaos and strife happening in today’s world, that might mean turning off the news or disconnecting from your digital devices occasionally. Does anyone really need a running feed 24/7 with all that’s wrong in the world? Or get caught up reading all the mean and nasty comments some people feel compelled to leave on other peoples social platform’s?
Sometimes just making some simple changes to your daily habits can be instrumental in reducing your anxiety and making you feel better.
I know, for many people, this is a dirty word. But the truth is any form of exercise is a fantastic stress reliever that starts to work in minutes. And it doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym either.
Activities such as dancing, walking, biking, or swimming not only release endorphins (feel-good chemicals) but can also improve your sleep and self-image, which can also be affected by stress and anxiety.
Indeed, any form of exercise you can do regularly, and you enjoy and involve repetitive movements, will do the trick. So go on, give it a try!
Sometimes you just can’t escape your present situation, but who says you can’t check out for a few minutes and take a mini-vacation in your mind?
The best part about this kind of vacation is it’s free! And you don’t have to pack.
All you have to do is close your eyes and go to your happy place. Maybe you imagine yourself sitting on a beach, listening to the waves crash on the shore, and feeling the warm sand under your feet.
Or perhaps, it’s a memory of a place that holds special meaning to you, such as a past family gathering. Imagine all sensory experiences as if you were there again. It could be the smells of the food cooking in the kitchen, the sound of your relatives laughing and joking with one another, or the safe and comforting feeling of being surrounded by your loved ones.
Another way to practice guided imagery is to listen to an audio recording where you listen to someone walk you through a peaceful scene.
After using guided imagery to take you to a calm and peaceful place, take a few minutes to breathe slowly and feel the calm. When you are ready, open your eyes, notice how you feel, and return to the present.
“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” — Deepak Chopra
I hope you choose to be a pioneer of the future.
Unfortunately, this short blog doesn’t allow enough space to list all the available anxiety relief strategies for you to try. Therefore, along with the tips above, why don’t you check out my other blogs on anxiety relief. I’m sure by trial and error; you will find your best remedy for anxiety.
And as always, if you would like some extra help in looking for anxiety relief, working with an anxiety coach through breakthrough coaching is a great way to go. Coaches are trained and skilled in helping you to figure out how to stop stressing out.
Hi, I’m Kris Henderson, LPC. I want you to know that I am here to help. The easiest way to start taking control of your anxiety is to take the FREE 5-Day Anxiety Detox Challenge. However, If you would like more personalized support, I invite you to contact me or make an appointment online. I’d love to work with you to find the best anxiety relief that works for you, allowing you to enjoy life with a less anxious and more balanced perspective.