Anxiety can be caused by any number of things.
It can caused by something that happened recently like what we just ate; what we read or what we witnessed. It can be long-term too, which means we constantly go through it over and over again. But the one thing that short-term and long-term anxiety have in common is that it is caused by being overwhelmed with our mental thought processes and not being able to shut it off or tune it out.
So, what can we do about it?
We have to assess and take note on what can be causing it. Make a list or mental notes on the patterns that lead up to you feeling anxious.
Ask yourself: Is it being triggered by something we ate or drank, like too much sugar or caffeine?
Is it physical like hormone imbalances, or afflicted trauma?
Is it environmental like the interference of too many electrical devices or noise pollution?
Is it energy-related based on the type of energy our surroundings have? Is too much disruptive energies like negative triggers from others around us, or even imbalanced/bad Feng Shui?
Could it be a combination of some or all of those influences? And if so, what can be done?
If you have made mental notes or actual notes, what pattern do you see, if any? Take into consideration that we are like computers: we need to ‘shut down’ and give our minds and our bodies a moment of pause and reflection in order to reset. That is why things like yoga and meditation can be so beneficial. It allows the body and the mind to ‘take a break’ and ‘breathe’ when we so forget to. Giving ourselves a chance to relax is just as important as any deadline. If we do not, it eventually affects us, causing an increase in our stress levels and lowering our immune systems.
Here are a few tips to consider:
- How is your environment?
I find that a serene environment that is not cluttered and messy is very important. If you cannot relax where you live because it is not a relaxing environment then most likely you will be stressed out all the time.
Try cleaning up and giving things away that you no longer need. If you are somebody who hates to throw things away, consider renting a storage unit, or having a junk drawer, closet or junk room that’s away from you on the far side of the house. Even if it is a ‘junk drawer/closet/room’, make it look clean and orderly. Hopefully in time, you can lean toward letting go of some of those possessions.
Keeping your space as ‘clutter free’ as possible will calm your nerves and allow you to feel more safe and at ease within your own living area.
Also, what about the amount of electrical interference in your home? Outside your home?
Do you have a television, computer and/or stereo system in your room, plugged in and buzzing all night, interfering with your quality of sleep?
Sometimes the amount of noise population cannot be avoided, especially if you live in a heavily urban area, or at the center of some town where you hear people outside your house all day and night. If it is affecting your lifestyle a lot, you might need to consider the possibility of moving. If that is not an option, try using noise cancelling ear plugs or something that can insulate your living area.
Check out the effects of electrical interference here:
- How is the Feng Shui of your home and workplace?
Since our work and our home is where most of us spend most of our time, it is ideal to think about how the energy in that space flows. Does it feel light or does it feel heavy?
The way you can tell is how you feel when you are in that space. Do you feel ansy or do you feel calm? Do you feel put together or do you feel overwhelmed? This may have to do with the energy flow in your home, or the FENG SHUI. If you do not know what Feng shui is, I highly recommend reading about it through this link: http://www.vaastuinternational.com/fengshui2.html.
The great thing about today’s technological advances are that there are so many convenient ways to research and achieve things. Feng Shui is no different! There are apps that can help you add that Feng shui into your living and working space. In no time, you will witness how powerful and life changing it really is!
Link to useful Feng Shui apps: https://news.manikarthic.com or go directly to your Google Play or Apple Store.
- What do you put in your body?
If you are anxious, most likely you are not getting enough restful sleep and that may have to do with your diet as well. Take note on what you are eating during the day and how much. Keep things like fried foods, processed foods and sweets to a minimum because they spike your insulin levels only to make it come crashing down, causing some very rampant cravings for more throughout the day.
Limit your intake on caffeine products too, especially later in the day, or eliminate them completely. They can be the reason for your anxiety. Replace them by drinking more water.
Whoever told you drinking a glass of wine before bed doesn’t know about anxiety. Any alcohol before bed can dehydrate you and therefore make your sleep less restful. If you need to drink something that can help you relax, try a drink high in antioxidants as well as one with zero caffeine, such as chamomile tea, cherry juice, or simply water. Green tea is fine as long as the one you are drinking is decaffeinated. And only drink a little bit, or else you will be taking a lot of trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Food and serving sizes are also important.
I heard a saying once that went like this: Eat like a King in the morning and afternoon; eat like a pauper at night. The reason for this is, the less you eat at night, the less time your stomach will need to digest the remainder of the food. That way your stomach won’t be full when it’s time to go to bed which can be uncomfortable. Also, wait two hours before the time you go to bed to stop eating. If you feel hungry, try drinking some water. Thirst can sometimes be confused with hunger.
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- Watch who you’re around all day and how they affect you.
If there is somebody you don’t get a good vibe from or simply put, they make you feel anxious, try to stay away from them. And if you can’t, think about how to set stronger boundaries and implement it in with the people in your life. Your anxiety might be inconvenient at times, but in this case it might be trying to warn you. Check out these links that have to do with toxic people:
- What is going on with your mind, body and soul?
One of the things you have to ask yourself if you are feeling anxious is ‘Why?’
It might be easier said than done, but that can help narrow down how you can approach it and make yourself feel at peace. If it can be a number of things, be gentle with yourself and be patient until you get that ‘aha’ moment of realization and then go from there.
Understand first and foremost that nothing is permanent, and that goes for your anxiety too. It will eventually come to an end, and when it does, you can apply less emotion and more logic as to what made you get to that point. Reevaluate your surroundings, your diet, the people around you, the energy of your house, current events (or what’s happening in the world around you), etc. It’ll help you narrow down how you can control (or at least downplay) your anxiety and keep it from affecting you so much.
This plays into the last, but probably the most important part of how to keep your anxiety at bay, and that is achieving a sense of peace within yourself by integrating some type of mindfulness practice within your daily routine, like yoga or meditation.
- Have you tried meditation and/or yoga? If you have and didn’t see what the big deal was, try again. And again. And again…
I know that mentioning meditation and yoga is a little cliché, but believe me, it is vital when you want to work on your piece of mind.
What yoga and meditation are all about is integrating a state of mindfulness into your daily routine, to help balance and ground you. When we are always on the go, making lists and checking off our goals, we forget to live ‘in the moment’. We become so preoccupied with what to fulfill in the future that we forget how to enjoy what is happening ‘in the moment.’ Yoga and meditation can help with that.
It doesn’t have to be a ‘one hour a day’ ordeal. You can do ten minutes of one or the other (or both!) every day. You will feel the results immediately.
Why is that important? Just look at the most successful people in the World: Oprah Winfrey, Robert Downey JR, David Beckham, Venus Williams, Jerry Seinfeld…I mean I can go on and on… They reap from the results and you can see it just by looking at how well they are doing within their personal as well as their professional lives. They are grounded, they are at peace, and they don’t carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.
Meditation and yoga can be done in increments to achieve the desired results. This is not something to rush through and expect to be good at after only a short period of time. It takes practice and it takes patience. Yoga and meditation can become a part of your everyday routine and it doesn’t need to be crammed in as another ‘daily chore.’ With common sense, safety and precaution, you can do it while doing another activity! Mind you, it would be best to do it and make time for it AND ONLY IT, sometime during the day with the least distractions. But, like I said, you will get there. You will figure it out! When you are ready. For now, just do it when you can, safely…using common sense…and don’t give up!
Here’s an example: When you are washing the dishes, you can do a simple tree pose while standing there (be safe!). You can meditate at the same time by just listening to the water sounds when you rinse off the plates… Both are all about ‘being present’; ‘in the now’, which is what being mindful is all about. You will see that once you make a habit of it, your days will become less and less stressful because things that used to stress you out wont stress you out anymore. Be gentle with yourself and be patient. Every one meditates and does yoga differently: what works for somebody else might not work for you. You can tweak it to personalize it more for your needs. Yes, both yoga and meditation have very specific techniques in order for it to work, but you will get there. Keep in mind that meditation is more for mental peace and is very versatile…as long as you can train yourself to turn off your thoughts when you want to. Yoga is a type of strength training and flexibility which incorporates the idea of mindfulness because it makes the yoga more effective. This requires more specific techniques to see optimal results. They both can be altered to fit your specific needs, but ultimately both strive to get you to a certain point, and that is balance, harmony and inner peace.
For some helpful tips please visit these links:
Here are some helpful meditation links. The first one is guided 6-phase meditation by Vishen Lakhiani and the second one is my favorite meditation music, with a brief introduction by Dr. Wayne Dyer:
Here are some links to integrating yoga in your life:
Here is a You tuber that you can practice with:
Please comment below and tell me what helps you to stay at peace. Thank you!
****Special thanks to Miss M.O. for recommending the wonderful meditation techniques of Dr. Wayne Dyer and Mr. Vishen Lakhiani.