Updated: Apr 13, 2021
How’s your anxiety level?
It would be completely normal if you are feeling nervous or anxious lately. If you talked to almost anyone, they would probably be professing similar angst. There is so much uncertainty about money, health, jobs, education, relationships, thoughts about the “new norm” or leadership within our country, that, yes -- anxiety is a thing.
It just can’t be the only thing.
Here is what I mean:
When we sit in our thoughts for too long, we tend to allow them to morph into HUGE catastrophes. Then, we spiral into the abyss of “I don’t know what to do” or hide in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream.
This is why it is SO important to look at ways to reduce anxiety and stress and lower their long-term effects on the body.
How do we do that?
It is important for you to reduce your consumption of media. While it is helpful to stay informed and it can feel powerful to have information, it can also become damaging when it is the center of your existence.
Pay attention to how you are managing the unknowns. Is it possible (for now) for you to accept not knowing? Try focusing your energy on things you can currently control.
Look at healing your body from the “threat” you have been under. When we feel stressed or anxious, our body goes into survival mode and neurochemicals are released to “keep us safe.” Right now, as things are not currently going back to the way they were, so your body is essentially trying to increase your survival.
You can help your physical and mental well-being by practicing and increasing your use of strategies to connect your body and brain. Start by focusing on relaxation and self care techniques like journaling, stretching, breathing, reading your favorite book, gardening or anything else which connects you to some contentment.
Consider how you are feeding your body. Evidence has shown that B vitamins can be particularly helpful in cognitive and mood function. We also know that when gut function is not optimal, mental and physical health suffers. Check out how you are feeding your brain and body.
Reduce your anxiety and stress to avoid mental catastrophes, lessen the stress hormones your body encounters and experience greater levels of peace and joy!
The time to take charge of your healing is now!