Mental health is a big concern and even now, many people are not aware or not willing to accept this. This article is to create awareness.
Stress and anxiety have become a major issue for almost everyone these days especially due to the ongoing pandemic. Stress and anxiety can impact your daily routine and lifestyle and also cause various health issues. It needs to be controlled before it becomes a major concern for your health and well-being. The same remedy might not work for everyone. You will have to try each of these remedies and see which works for you the best.
Short-term stress and anxiety are very common and faced by everyone at various moments in life. However, if it starts interfering in your daily life routine and activities, then it becomes a serious issue and should be consulted by a doctor.
Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety
It is necessary to understand that it is not your fault that you are experiencing these symptoms. It can happen to anyone and you are equally strong than others. Stress and anxiety show both physical and as well as psychological symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Headaches & Migraines
- Skin problems (Acne, pimples)
- Poor digestion
- Excess weight gain/loss
- Chronic pain
- Lack of interest in doing things
- Changes in appetite
- Always feeling tired
- Insomnia or sleeping more than usual
- Distancing yourself from others (not involving with other people or friends)
- Lack of confidence
- Worrying way too much all the time
- Negative thinking
- Being restless most of the time
How to Cope up with Stress and Anxiety
There are certain natural ways by which you can reduce stress/anxiety and their side effects. Every remedy might not work for everyone so it is important for you to try and determine which works for you the best. Medication is not the only solution for this problem. Even if you are on medication, you will feel much better if you include these things in your daily routine.
Believe or not, this is one of the best methods to release stress from your body. Exercise reduces the side effects of your medication. It is not always necessary to go to the gym. You can do any kind of physical activity like walking, running, swimming, playing, jumping rope, etc. All the toxins and stress from your body is released through sweat. This also helps in maintaining your health and body weight.
Aromatherapy helps to soothe and relax your mind and body. One of the best essential oil used for this is Lavender. You can light scented candles in your room or even use a diffuser. The light scent released from the candle/diffuser will fill the entire room and help you relax and unwind. Some also put 2-3 drops of essential oil on their pillows for a relaxing sleep. You can also add 4-5 drops in a bucket of water and take bath.
Maintain a Journal
This might not seem suitable for everyone but it is a great method to pour out your heart. Every time there might not be someone to discuss your problems. Keeping your problems to yourself and not discussing with anyone can cause extreme stress and anxiety and many other health issues. To avoid this, you can maintain a journal and write about your daily problems or anything which comes to your mind. This will make you feel lighter and help you sleep peacefully.
Spend Time with your Pet
Pets have been proven the most effective method to reduce stress and anxiety. Spending time and playing with pets have also helps a lot to people having clinical depression. It has therapeutic benefits to mind and body.
Deep Breathing and Meditation
It is not easy to meditate when you are in too much stress. Start by just concentrating on your breathing and gradually proceed to meditation. It is not quick relief remedy but the most effective with long-term benefits. There are many guided meditation videos online for free. If you meditate everyday regularly, then you see great results in few weeks. Meditation also helps to increase your stress tolerance and relax your mind and body.
You can try all these remedies on a regular basis and will see amazing results. Only taking medicines is not the option. It might balance the chemicals in your brain but not relieve your stress. It is always best to do these things along with your medication for best results. This will also help you to deal stress throughout your life. And the most important thing is to not feel guilty for anything and always share your thoughts with someone you trust and love.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Priya