Does Anxiety Feel Like an Out of Control Wildfire?
Anxiety symptoms affect millions regularly, up to 1 in 4 adults. This means that if you experience feelings of anxiety or have even been diagnosed with anxiety, you are certainly not alone!
In fact, feeling anxious is something we hear regularly from clients. Nearly every human being may feel some level of anxiety in life, especially during times of change, transition, relocation, struggle and growth.
But if you’re someone who experiences anxiety more regularly than you’d like, know that there are definitely ways to reduce it. You just need a multi-targeted plan to help!
Often times pharmaceutical treatment for anxiety is focused on only a couple very specific areas of the body. This is done through medications that sedate your central nervous system or impact your neurotransmitter levels, in an attempt to make the anxiety “less noticeable” or “manageable.”
This can be helpful for some. But for many, the last thing they want is to be offered yet another medication, with potential side effects to deal with. And most women we speak with are tired of medications as the only solution. These medications aren’t working to heal the anxiety, only manage the symptoms.
You deserve more than management…
The pharmaceutical approach is singular in facet. It doesn’t take into account your personal make-up, your diet and lifestyle, or what systems in your body may be out of balance, causing the anxiety. This is not a wholistic or sustainable strategy to help you reduce your anxiety over the long-term.
What you may feel when you experience anxiety:
- feeling keyed up or on edge
- heart palpitations
- sweaty palms
- being easily fatigued
- trouble concentrating
- muscle tension
- changes in bowel movements
- sleep disturbances or insomnia
Change Your Habits to Reduce Your Susceptibility to Anxiety
One of the first steps to reducing anxiety over the long-term, is to understand where your anxiety stems from.
Most people find there are specific triggers which set them off. Identifying these personal triggers is helpful in preventing the anxiety from getting out of hand.
Once the triggers are identified, you can do your best to avoid them (the ones that are avoidable). For instance, if grocery shopping is anxiety provoking to you with the long lines, and the people pushing their carts, nearly running your feet over, do you need to go grocery shopping when everyone else does? Nope….you can find a more relaxed time to go shopping or have someone shop for you!
Then, the next goal with managing anxiety naturally is to create anxiety reducing habits that you incorporate into your life, on a daily basis. This can be as simple as giving yourself regular mental breaks during the work day – get outside, make a cup of tea, or lay down on the couch for 10 minutes.
It doesn’t have to be monumental, it just needs to be calming, soothing and ideally, reinvigorating!
Having anxiety reducing habits built into your day does two things for you: first it reduces the amount of anxiety you feel over all, as in, you actually experience less anxiety from situations. Second, it helps you be better equipped in dealing with the anxiety when it arises. You know those anxiety reducing habits we just chatted about? Those are good to reduce your susceptibility to anxiety, as well as reduce your anxiety in the moment.
It’s a long-term win-win to be able to reduce your susceptibility to anxiety and also manage it when it arises!
Real Root Causes of Anxiety
Believe it or not, A LOT of anxiety stems from an out of balance stress response. The stress response is what is known as your fight or flight mode (in very simplistic terms). When something has triggered your adrenal gland system, you can experience symptoms that product anxiety. After all, the adrenal system is all about survival.
Even if your life is not truly in danger, when you are “under stress” you may experience some of the same exact symptoms as what would be classified as general anxiety: heart palpitations, inability to focus, muscle tension, sleep issues, and more.
The goal here is to uncover how healthy, or in balance, your adrenal system is to understand if it may be contributing to your feelings of anxiety. You can do this by looking at the adrenal hormones over the course of the day. The adrenal system is part of the circadian rhythm, a natural 24-hour cycle your body goes through including the hormones that impact being energized, awake and alert, as well as sleep hormones like melatonin.
If your adrenal system is not in a healthy circadian rhythm, helping it return to one is a sure way to reduce at least some of your anxiety symptoms.
Other areas of the body that may be contributing to anxiety symptoms include: neurotransmitters, the health of the gut, your nutrition, the health of the microbiome.
When working with clients, we always take a holistic approach to health, seeking to uncover the individual root causes of your symptoms, then using nutrition, lifestyle and a personalized natural medicine plan to help you heal.
Treatment focuses around having ways to:
- identify your personal anxiety triggers and adapt your lifestyle, when possible
- build anxiety reducing habits into your day to day routine
- support a healthy adrenal system
- naturally treat the anxiety at the root cause (everyone’s is different)
- build resistance to stress, cause face it, stress isn’t going anywhere (10 tips below)
10 Ways to Build Resistance to Stress: Put Out the Anxiety Wildfire
1. Maintain good relationships with close family members and friends
2. Avoid seeing crisis or stressful events as unbearable problems
3. Accept circumstances that cannot be changed
4. Develop realistic goals and move towards them
5. Take decisive actions in adverse situations
6. Look for opportunities of self-discovery after a struggle with loss
7. Develop self-confidence
8. Keep a longterm perspective: consider stressful events in a broader context
9. Maintain a hopeful outlook, expect good things and visualize what you wish
10. Take care of your mind and body, by paying attention to your own needs and feelings
Now I want to hear from you.
How have you found ways in your daily life to quiet the calm and put out the wildfire of anxiety that sometimes gets out of control?
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