5 Tips: How To Tame Your Anxiety

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We all have anxiety over something in this world. It's almost impossible not to! If you're like me, you have severe anxiety over everything under the sun: natural disasters, taking tests, the future, the present, and even anxiety over anxiety. Coming from someone that experiences anxiety in her everyday life, here are some things that help me:


1. Read
There's a reason this is first on my list... reading puts you in what i'd call a "different universe." Reading on your spare time or when you're stressing can take you away from your own life and into somebody elses- depending on the book. So instead of having anxiety over your own life, why not focus it on a fictional character's life?!
My favorite books to read:
  • Web of Dreams- V.C. Andrews (The Casteel Series)
  • ALL Harry Potter Books- J.K. Rowling
  • That Summer- Sarah Dessen
  • The Fault In Our Stars- John Green (waiting for my roommate to let me borrow it)


2. Sweat
No, not sweating over your biology final... but sweating from EXERCISE. This is scientifically proven to help instantly aid your anxiety. Whether you bike, run, walk, swim, or play your favorite sport, you're guaranteed to relax and let some steam off. Sure, your heart-rate will be increased: but the good kind of increase. And hey, it's good for you!



3. Watch a Movie or TV Show
Horror, comedy, drama, and action will all do. This will get your mind off of things- kind of like reading. Comedies like The Big Bang Theory and Legally Blonde always perk me right up. If you do choose to go with a comedy; laughing is always the best medicine!


4. Eat- Good foods!
No, this does not mean snack on chocolate bars and pizza. But this also doesn't mean snacking on spinach and celery. Not all foods are "bad foods" and not all foods are "good foods" it's actually pretty hard to separate foods into these made-up categories. There are foods that have been scientifically proven to aid in calming and taming your anxiety! Here are some foods you could try:
  • Chamomile tea/ supplements- "In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking placebo."
  • Green tea- "Research shows that L-theanine(green tea) helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety. In one study, anxiety-prone subjects were calmer and more focused during a test if they took 200 milligrams of L-theanine beforehand."
  • Chocolate- "Dr. Ramsey, coauthor of The Happiness Diet. "When you get an anxiety attack, it may mean your blood sugar is dropping. The best thing to do is to have a quick sustaining snack, like a handful of walnuts, or a piece of dark chocolate, along with a glass of water or a nice cup of hot tea." 
  • Whole wheat bread- "Carbohydrates also increase production of serotonin in the brain. When choosing mood-lifting carbs, go for whole grains, such as whole wheat bread or brown rice, rather than processed choices, such as sugar, candy, or even white bread and white rice."
  • Greek yogurt (and other high-protien foods)- "Protein helps stimulate the production of the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine, which like serotonin, are neurotransmitters and carry impulses between nerve cells. Higher levels of norepinephrine and dopamine have been shown to improve alertness, mental energy, and reaction time."


5. Talk To Someone
I know it can be hard to accept anxiety and even harder to talk to someone about how you feel and why you feel that way. I promise you that talking to someone about how you feel or even about something completely unrelated will help get your mind off of whatever it is you're stressing about and even relax you. Who should you talk to? A parent or grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, or even a counselor. As long as you trust this person and are willing to open up or even just talk. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help. It's a good way to let off steam and let out your emotions. Trust me!

Best of luck! Please- if you are too scared to talk to someone feel free to e-mail or message me and I will be sure to respond ASAP. If you don't feel comfortable doing that then please call a number below for confidential help. Remember, life is too short to be anything but happy!

USA HELPLINES:
24-HR Confidential Helpline: 1-877-345-3370
US Suicide Helpline: 1-800-784-2433

Suicide & Depression Hotline – Covenant House:800-999-9999


XOXO, Christiana
Websites referenced: 
http://aboutrecovery.com/addictions-mental-health/anxiety-stress.htm
http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/tips
http://www.everydayhealth.com/anxiety-pictures/anxiety-foods-that-help-foods-that-hurt-0118.aspx#/slide-9
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20646990,00.html

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