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Finding Parallels Between Options and Life

on Aug 9, 2016 in Health Care & Medical

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Natural Ways to Fight Anxiety Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem faced by Americans today, affecting at least in every five, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. While drugs that treat these conditions are typically important component managing them, there are also plenty of natural, do-it-yourself methods that can help. Next time you feel an attack coming, give any of these a try: 1. Laugh about it. Buy some sense of humor and laugh it off. Even a fake laugh can give you a quick boost of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that manages feelings of reward and pleasure. If you just can’t get yourself to laugh on your own, use technology. For example, download a a laugh track app on your phone. Studies show merely anticipating a joyful laugh can bring down your cortisol (stress hormone) levels substantially.
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2. Set a schedule for relaxation and stick to it.
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Sit down and look at your schedule. However busy your current schedule is, block off at least half an hour for relaxation. No matter how hectic your current schedule is, insert at least 30 minutes for relaxation. Maybe you can take a walk, meditate or do some tai chi – whatever floats your boat. According to researchers, men who suffered from social anxiety experienced relief after a period of relaxation, bringing down their heart rates after socializing. 3. Supplement with GABA. GABA supplements (available in online and offline health food stores) can help relax anxious people. An acronym for gamma-aminobutyric acid, GABA is a neurotransmitter that neutralizes the excitability-increasing effects of another neurotransmitter known as glutamate. You have to remember that supplements like GABA can interact with any drugs you may be taking, so check in with your doctor before you get on them. 4. Smell lavender. Based on research, lavender essential oil can calm anxious nerves. Just put a drop of it on you collarbone and enjoy the scent wafting up. Or you can also rub it gently on your temple. You will find the smell very relaxing. 5. Distract your mind. When you feel anxiety creeping in, get “grounded.” Rub your fingers against your house keys. Hold a paperweight in your hand, maybe an ice cube for as long as you can. What’s up with this? A brain can’t be in two places at the same time. The “grounding” feeling distracts you from your anxious feelings. From those negative, racing thoughts, your mind will shift to the cold ice cube you’re holding. 6. Confront your fears. If there’s something that makes you scared, face it. If you’re scared of people, go to a bar. If clowns terrify you, visit the circus. Each time you worry about your fears — like feeling out of place at a party — your anxiety only increases. You’re worried about uncertainty, but uncertainty will always be a part of life. Exposure therapy, or facing the fear, is key to overcoming it.