There is no one cure for Anxiety Disorders.

However, there are plenty of ways to help you manage your Anxiety. You can use a combination of things to help you take back control and enjoy your life again.

As you may already know, One of my favourite catch phrases is that “I am not a Doctor”. I think it is really important to stress this as although I have recommended management options for Anxiety, I strongly advise you speak to your Doctor before making any drastic changes to your life.

Lifestyle

We’ve all heard it. It’s been ingrained into our heads since we were wee little ankle biters. You live healthy, you live happy.

Healthy Eating

Now, I do not pretend to be one of those annoying healthy eating nuts who NEVER eats bad food. Some nights I gorge on a freshly prepared chicken stir-fry, the next I’m eating a whole pizza and a block of chocolate.

The consistent lesson I learn though is that I feel better mentally when I am eating right.

Exercise

The same goes for exercise. I’m no Usain Bolt, but I don’t mind a walk around the park or along the beach. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a dawdler either.

Not sure if it’s an anxiety thing, but I crave the feeling of accomplishment within an immediate time-frame. So I usually blare classic 90s tunes on my headphones and go for it.

Yoga/Meditation

Many advocate the use of yoga or meditation to help with Anxiety. I’m sure it is helpful but I find my mind spins out of control when trying to sit quietly and focus on my breathing. Give it a go I say, but not really my cup of tea.

Medication

Many people believe that the only way to help with Mental illness is to take medication. This is not true. Not everyone needs medication to cope, and it doesn’t always improve your mental state.

I have tried for years to get by without medication and I gradually got worse. It wasn’t until I opened up to my GP about my struggles that they suggest I try a new medication and this has really helped me in my journey.

If you do think you need medication, speak with your doctor. You may need to try a few different types until you find the right one. But when you do, it can be an extremely important tool in relieving Anxiety symptoms in order to work on the psychological side of things.

A little side note here – if you are trialling a new medication, let your loved ones know. The side effects can be hard to handle at first and can increase your Anxiety at first, so it is always good to have someone know so they can support you.

Natural Remedies

In conjunction with medications, there are many natural remedies that can aid with Anxiety.

RESCUE Remedy

My #1 recommendation is RESCUE Remedy. This stuff is AMAZING. Works in a pinch especially if you are extra anxious about something. Rescue Remedy comes in so many different forms, you can use what you like best.

From chews, teas, to sprays – they have it all. There is also a special sleep range which I haven’t tried but I’m sure is just as effective.

I personally like to use the dropper. Be warned it tastes like rotten grass at first, but it is fast acting and easy to use.

Chamomile Tea

There are a number of herbal teas that can provide relief from anxiety.

I used to drink Chamomile Tea with honey before bed to help me sleep. This was back when It took me 2 hours to fall asleep every night.

Chamomile relaxes you in a way where you don’t feel groggy or drowsy. It’s like a soothing and relaxing wave flowing throughout your body.

St John’s Wort

Before I mention anything else, please note you should not take St John’s Wort with ANY medications unless approved by your doctor.

If you take this supplement with anti-depressant medication, you could suffer from Seratonin Syndrome. The worst case scenario is death.

Are you adequately informed now?

Good!

St John’s Wort made a big difference in my sleep and stress levels before I was put on medication. I think those who are not keen on taking medications could try this option first.

Professional Help

Speaking to a psychologist can be very daunting. The most important thing to know is they are not there to judge or criticise you. They want to give you tools to help combat that little anxious voice in your head so that you can stop an Anxious Episode before it gets out of hand.

One form of this is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Essentially, these are ways in which you change the way you think and behave, as to counteract the learned reactions you have lived with your entire life.

It takes practice and time to learn, but can be a powerful tool against Anxiety.

Support Groups

The day I started following other mental health profiles on social media, was the day I realised that I am not alone. Every post was relatable; I would shout “So true!” every time I read something new.

Banding together with those who know exactly what you are talking about, is so liberating. There is none of that frustration of trying to explain it to someone who just doesn’t get it.

There are also many organisations you can speak to who provide counselling and point you to support groups you can meet with face to face.

Let’s be real, you would rather jump off a cliff than be in an awkward social situation. But as your confidence and mental health improves, you are more open to new situations.

Creative Outlets

Journalling

As a kid, I would always vow to keep a consistent journal. Sure, for 2 weeks I’d be a regular writer and then BOOM 5 years would fly by.

You don’t have to do this regularly; you’ll set yourself up for failure and provide more reasons to beat down on yourself.

For those days where you just cannot think straight, grab a piece of paper and write exactly how you feel.

Only you have to see it, so no one is judging you.

Say all the things you have been holding back. Screw censorship, and just get those toxic thoughts out of your body!

You can then either read and work through it, or you can throw it away.

If you’re really game, you can even share it with someone but make sure it’s not your Boss or your children – they really don’t need to read your demonic ramblings.

Blogging

The first true way that has helped me work through my Anxiety issues is through this blog. A loved one actually told me I should start one as I love to write. At first I was extremely nervous that my thoughts and words would be out there for the whole world to read, but it’s actually quite exhilarating.

Not only that, others have told me they relate to certain parts, or are grateful for different points of view when it comes to Anxiety and mental health issues.

If helping others means I have to get over my perfectionist critic yelling between my ears, then I tell that little being to sit down and shut up.

Journey to Wellness

I have only listed a few of the examples of Anxiety Management. There are so many different ways people cope with their mental health issues.

Finding what works for you is the exciting part. Try a few different methods, research other options that might be more up your alley.

This is your journey and it is never to late to start right now. No, not tomorrow, or next Monday – TODAY.

We truly have but one life (unless you believe in reincarnation; pretty sure I was a Monkey in a previous life).

The sooner you start to work with treatments, the sooner you can start to feel better and stop Anxiety from ruling your life.

Helpful Links:

Headspace: www.headspace.org.au
Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au
R U OK: www.ruok.org.au

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Have a lovely day,

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