I’m going to share with you how to stop anxiety and start living with more confidence and joy.
Anxiety is defined as having worry, anxiety or fear that interferes with your daily life. Over 3 million people go to the ER with anxiety each year. The long-term stress of anxiety on the body can cause your health to decline. It’s unhealthy for your body to be in constant fight or flight mode. It needs time to relax and repair so it’s time to stop anxiety.
I have had my personal struggles with anxiety, feeling it creep in during the most inconvenient situations. It feels like someone has hijacked your system and is stealing your peace. Slowly I have learned to stop anxiety and gain my freedom back.
Anxiety or turning on that “fight or flight” response in the body is necessary for some situations…like when a bear is chasing you. You need that extra adrenalin rush to survive, but what happens when our bodies turn on that response when we are at work or in a large crowd of people?
Let’s look at a few symptoms of Anxiety:
- Rapid heart rate
- Muscle Cramps
- Upset Stomach
- Shortness of Breath
- Blank mind
- Feeling Out of Body
Here are some ways you can stop anxiety:
Change your Mindset! Now before you get mad…give me a second to explain. When you’re having a panic attack I realize you can’t think your way out of it at that point. Your nervous system has completely taken over and it may be too late to stop anxiety in that moment. Changing your mindset needs to happen when you’re not struggling with being anxious. What do you spend your time thinking about? Your imagination is powerful and it can create chemicals in your body. Forcing your mind to think of fun peaceful things is vital. Pushing out those dark fearful thoughts instead of dwelling on them tells your body what your environment looks like.
See your brain can’t determine your environment without your help. If you sit and think about a scary situation long enough, or a sad situation…your brain responds with the proper chemicals. Ever daydream about losing a loved one and find yourself with tears in your eyes? Your imagination is always communicating with your brain. It responds to what you dwell on. You need to create happy hormones and chemicals so you need to think about things that bring you joy. It tells your brain you are safe! In turn, this relaxes the nervous system.
No one is going to daydream about the beach while being chased by a bear. Your brain needs you to tell it about your environment and we do that with our thoughts. Do you want a relaxed nervous system? Have relaxing thoughts! If you need a lot of help in this area I have a mindset devotional called Love Yourself Healthy that is designed to walk you through creating a new mindset!
Reduce stimulants! When your nervous system is overstimulated the last thing you need is more stimulation. Cutting caffeine can help relax the nerves and lower that fight or flight response. There are other stimulants you may not think about such as scary or intense movies. Movie and TV shows bring out real emotions and they can create stress chemicals in your body. It’s ok to take a break on the tv for a while so your brain can recalibrate your real environment for a while.
Try switching to decaf coffee for a while or switching to an herbal tea. Take time to listen to your favorite music instead of watching intense tv shows or movies.
Consider adding some vitamins. Studies have shown that people lacking b vitamins, iron and magnesium have higher anxiety rates. Your body needs vitamins to repair nerves and create neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Magnesium relaxes the nervous system.
It’s best to get your vitamins from fresh leafy vegetables. Eating clean fresh food gives our bodies the nutrients it needs to create neurotransmitters and reduce inflammation.
Anxiety doesn’t leave overnight, it’s a journey of changing the what you think and taking care of your physical health as well. I’ve created the Love Yourself Healthy devotional for just this purpose. It’s a 20-day mindset devotional to walk you through changing your thought patterns. This is a huge key in learning to stop anxiety and find joy.