Anxiety can be crippling. It comes on oftentimes without any warning. What can you do to avoid these sudden attacks? Here we will discuss common strategies to avoid anxiety.
Exercise–forget exercise to lose weight, and instead, get into exercise to move your body and dissipate anxiety. Exercise is one of the biggest co-factors that help depression and anxiety. You don’t need to run marathons or become a triathlete. You really only need to do about 20 minutes of exercise that gets your heart rate up, and not sit for long periods during the day. Set a timer on your phone or kitchen stove that will go off and remind you to move, or grab a FitBit that will buzz at you to get moving every hour.
Diet/Vegetables–a salad a day. Forget trying to overhaul your eating to adopt the “perfect” diet. Start with getting a salad a day into your diet, and see where you can go, from there. The healthier you eat, the lower your chances of suffering from anxiety attacks.
Sleep–if you have insomnia, see your doctor. I dealt with insomnia for years, and it surprised me when I told my doctor and instead of giving me a pill, I got “sleep hygiene education” and several behavioral interventions that I hadn’t thought of. I implemented a few of them, and within a week, everything shifted. Years of insomnia, gone! It’s a beautiful life. And if you don’t have insomnia but you do things like stay up late watching Netflix, it’s a choice to get thyself into bed, earlier.
There is also strong evidence of the anti-anxiety properties of CBD. Stress is a part of life, unfortunately, and humans have always sought to relieve it. Hemp CBD is showing promise. Hemp CBD, in particular, interacts with a certain set of neurotransmitters in the brain, providing anxiolytic (calming, anti-anxiety) and antidepressant effects, and the vast majority of studies show a positive connection between Hemp CBD and the treatment of both anxiety and depression.
If you have the ability to make better choices about sleep, exercise, and diet, but you don’t? Expect continued anxiety or worsening anxiety.