With text messages, Facebook and other daily distractions of everyday life it’s easy to feel stressed and anxious. The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. You can control your stress and anxiety by using the following natural remedies and simple anxiety relaxation techniques.
1. Say no to soda and coffee and yes to water. A recent study from Duke University Medical Center has found that caffeine causes anxiety. Caffeine makes the body release stress hormones and changes how you see the world.
“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.” – Robert H. Schuller.
A great way to reduce your anxiety is to start you day on a positive note. The mental wheels start turning as soon as our eyes open in the morning so first the thing you need to do is take control of your thoughts.
“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the best alternatives for reducing stress and anxiety is practicing meditation and mindfulness. If you’re not familiar mindfulness and meditation they are a method of focusing your attention and awareness.
Another term for this is living in the here and now.
“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.” – Douglass Adams
Want to feel bad quickly? It’s easy. All you have to do is pick up a newspaper, listen to the radio or watch the TV and read, watch or listen to the news. What you’ll find is that negative people and events are their focus. That’s what makes them anxious.
While I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s going on in the world, I am saying that you should limit your exposure to the news.
“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx
As Groucho points out in the above quote above, you have the power to focus on the positive or the negatives in your life. You can think about what’s good in your life or what’s stressing you out.
Anxiety is a direct result of what you focus on. The good news you have a choice.
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“Life is short, so enjoy it to the fullest.” – John Walters
Much of your anxiety comes from worries. The thing about worries is most of them have no basis in reality.
Many people worry about things that already happened. Things that you can do nothing about.
They also worry about things in the future. You can’t do anything about these thing either. The best thing to do is stay in the present.
“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.” – Unknown
When anxiety starts to creep up take a moment and reach out to a friend.
Friends are always good to have around. They’re especially good to have around when you start to feel anxious.
So when you’re feeling anxious call a friend.
When you’re feeling anxious your chest and stomach can get tight. Your mind can feel like it’s in a vice.
An easy way to overcome this feeling of anxiousness is simply to laugh. That’s because your body’s physiology tells you how you feel, so when you’re genuinely laughing your body can’t feel anxious.