Anxiety has a habit of sneaking and taking over a person before they even realize it. When you are anxious, you may feel stuck in the moment and uncertain of how to feel better again. You may even do things that further worsen your condition, making you hyper focus on things that don’t really matter or letting you get carried away by a wave of “what ifs”.
Fortunately, there are a number of natural and inexpensive habits that you can incorporate in your life to benefit from reduced anxiety. Here are 10 ways that will get you on your way to being calm and collected in bouts of anxiousness.
- Get enough sleep – Sleep deprivation can have serious consequences and it is, in fact, one of the core causes of anxiety disorder. As per research, lack of sleep triggers areas of your brain that are linked with extreme worrying and “fires up” regions that are linked with emotional processing.
- Meditate – Just sit down, take a deep breath and visualize your happy place. Silencing your mind of all the worries, voices and thoughts even for just a little while can be very beneficial in easing general anxiety.
- Drink herbal teas – Jasmine and chamomile teas are especially known for their soothing effects on the body and mind, so make sure to have a hot cup every day.
- Minimize your use of social media – Overusing social media brings nothing but stress and anxiety. Seeing what others are doing with their lives and then constantly comparing ourselves with them is beyond unhealthy. And if you have an ex on social media who you like to stalk to torture yourself, it would be a much better decision to simply block them and limit spending time on social networks common with your ex lover.
- Treat yourself once in awhile – It may be difficult if you are on a budget, but make sure to surprise yourself in small ways once in awhile. For instance, buy yourself an affordable flower bouquet or a small piece of jewelry. Or just go on a holiday if you can afford it.
- Limit your coffee consumption – As hard as it may be, caffeine is known to worsen the symptoms of panic and anxiety disorders. Reduce your coffee consumption to half a cup every day or better yet, switch to herbal tea.
- Set aside time to worry – It is okay to worry, but you shouldn’t be doing that 24/7. Schedule one hour of every day and worry in that time endlessly. The key is to restrict your mind from worrying in any other hour of the day.
- Be silent – Disconnecting yourself from the outside world for a little while can be very helpful in lessening anxiety as too much noise is known to trigger stress levels.
- Exercise – Multiple studies highlight the importance of exercise as a way to fight anxiety. Physically fit people tend to be less depressed and anxious as compared to those who don’t. 
- Smell something relaxing – Sniffing calming oils, such as vanilla, basil, chamomile or lavender can help ease tension and improve mental clarity.