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11 Anxiety Tips

As we transition into the Fall and Winter season, I am reminded of how many people suffer from anxiety. Whether its from social pressures or the natural darker weather months, here are my top 11 anxiety tips:

Anxiety can be treated with acupuncture.
You Don’t Need To Suffer From Anxiety. Image ©  lassedesignen 

  1. Take a time-out.  This little hack shouldn’t be limited to kids.  Stepping back from a stressful situation or person will give you some perspective and allow you to think and respond more clearly.
  2. Set boundaries.  This goes for your time commitments, activities, friendships, work and health.   Establishing boundaries is a form of self-respect and self-care.
  3. Eat nutritional meals on schedule with your body’s needs.  Keep healthy snacks like nuts and avocados around for a quick fuel source when you’re under pressure. 
  4. Limit stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety. 
  5. Get proper sleep. Most people are sleep deprived. Try a calming Valerian or chamomile tea a few hours before bedtime.  Melatonin supplements can be helpful if you start with a lose dose and increase as needed.  Always ask your healthcare provider first about supplements and interactions with your current medications and health conditions.
  6. Take a warm bath.  Water can be very grounding for most people.
  7. Exercise.  Find a type of movement that is fun. Dance, walk, yoga, even walking around the block or up the stairs at work will help you rebalance.
  8. Take deep breaths.  Focus on exhaling out longer than you inhale.  This will help calm and reset your nervous system.
  9. Do the best you can and be kind to yourself.
  10. Go outside. Even If the weather is gloomy, the fresh air will help rebalance your mood and move out stagnant energy.
  11. Get Acupuncture. In a recent study, acupuncture outperformed drug for anxiety treatment.
Acupuncture helps ease anxiety
Acupuncture helps ease anxiety. Image © Antonio Guillem 

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