Mental Health Issues: Battle Against Anxiety
Anxiety is a normal part of human life. It is the natural response of our body to stress. It can sometimes be overwhelming, causing interference with our daily lives. Each of us has a different and unique way of responding to this stress. A research conducted on anxiety during coronavirus proved that more than 60% of young adults in the US exhibit mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety. Such recurring fear and apprehension can seriously affect your health, both physically and mentally. It can pave the way for serious anxiety disorders, and even ailments such as a lowered immune system, weak bladder, and irritable bowel syndrome. There is a multitude of ways to keep your anxiety at bay, let’s have a look at a few of them:
The powerful practice involving breath work and asanas can do wonders for anxiety. A number of relaxation techniques, derived from yoga have been utilized even by clinical psychologists as a measure to reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga has been proven beneficial to help reduce nervousness, boost happiness, enhance mindfulness and help ease stress. The yogic lifestyle is a practice that is beyond just physical exercise. The concept of mindfulness helps practitioners clear a busy mind. There are certain asanas that aid in relieving anxiety such as Easy Pose, Extended Puppy Pose, Fish Pose, Half Moon Pose, etc. Having a daily asana practice in your routine can help control anxiety in the long-term.
Weed has shown the ability to cure a variety of ailments such as chronic pain, glaucoma, depression, stress, loss of appetite, insomnia, and even anxiety. The chemical compounds (cannabinoids) present in marijuana contain CBD (cannabidiol) that has proven to be effective for curing anxiety as well as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that provides euphoria and an uplifting and energetic mood. It is legal to use medical marijuana in 33 states and 11 states have legalized recreational use of the plant. Strains that are high in THC and contain CBD such as wedding crasher strain have been known to be helpful with anxiety. It leaves the user with a happy, calm sense of euphoria.
Meditation is such a valuable tool to control anxiety, that it has been known to change the brain. It is the art of learning to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. An expert practitioner has the ability to view what is happening in the world objectively, having no reactions to the activity, acting just as an observer. The art of meditation allows us to see the anxiety-provoking stimuli as just something happening in the world, having no reaction to it. It is a form of brain training and focusing the mind. Even meditating only 5-10 minutes a day can do wonders for you.
Self-care is one of the most important tools against anxiety. We are more often than not overwhelmed with work and responsibilities, rushing almost every day and not slowing down to take time out for ourselves. Set aside a day just to relax by yourself, read a book or go treat yourself to a spa day, take a bath with some essential oils and even have a glass of wine, focusing on the present. Research has shown that people who take out time for themselves have shown to have lower symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Anxiety has a way of making anyone feel overwhelmed at any given point of time. Try incorporating a few of these techniques into your daily routine to keep anxiety at bay.