Anxiety treatments don’t have to be scary! Read on below for our five top tips to reduce anxiety naturally.
- Stay in the now
Most of the time, anxiety makes your brain run wild, thinking up possible future scenarios that might never come to pass. Squash those ‘what ifs’ by grounding yourself in the present. Ask yourself: Am I safe right now? Will this affect me in the next five minutes? Is there something I can do right now to prevent a worst-case scenario? Let your thoughts stay in the moment and focus your actions on what you can do right now.
- Take a breath
It has been proven that deep breathing calms you down. If you can manage it, try a deep breathing exercise breathing in for four counts, then breathing out for seven. Even if your mind is racing too much to count your breaths, as long as you take control of your breathing and focus on the feeling of breathing in and out while slowing your breaths, your body will start to feel calmer and more relaxed.
- Follow the 3-3-3 rule
Look around and name three things you can see. Name three sounds you can hear. Move three parts of your body, like your ankles, fingers, and toes. This mental trick can help keep you grounded and in the present.
- Take control
Take control of your anxiety by tricking your body into thinking you are in control. Anxiety often makes us hunch over, so stand up straight, pull your shoulders back, and open your chest. If you can, go for a short walk to remove yourself from the situation making you anxious.
- Relax naturally with VitaminMe Sleep + Anxiety
Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety with all-natural theanine, which relaxes your heart rate and is known to lessen feelings of stress and anxiety. Valerian root extract raises gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which relaxes the mind and body. When used in conjunction with any of the above tricks, you’ll be feeling on top of the world in no time!