As someone who suffers from anxiety, I have learned that a little bit of therapy and Prozac goes a long way. However, sometimes there are other methods we can use to try and cope with anxiety. While I am not a medical professional, I have found that the following natural methods help calm down my anxiety, and could benefit others as well. This advice should of course never be used in place of medical advice. Please use your own judgement on whether or not these tips may work for you, and if anxiety is taking over your everyday life, please seek professional help. With that being said, here are a few natural ways to cope with anxiety:
Incense are great because they have an immediate calming effect. Especially earthy or musky tones like patchouli, opium, orange, vanilla, sandalwood, etc. Dried rosemary is also effective if burned as an incense.
Sometimes music can be helpful when it comes to calming anxiety. Other times it could have the opposite effect. It really just depends on what works best for you, and what type of music you are listening to. Anything with a slow or gentle tempo will calm brain activity.
Having calming sounds or white noise is another great way to calm anxiety. Again, anything with a slow or gentle tempo will calm brain activity. Clocks, water fountains, and sound makers all work great for calming anxiety.
Gardening is therapeutic and a great way to calm anxiety. As someone who suffers from anxiety and OCD, I find that gardening is a great way to get my mind off of things. It is especially great for calming OCD as I can fuss around in the garden and make sure everything is just so. Channeling my OCD to be productive this way, calms my nerves and gives me peace of mind.
Deep Breathing Exercises
Deep breathing exercises are another helpful way to cope with anxiety. Inhaling to the count of four, holding your breath for the count of eight, and exhaling to the count of nine is a good way to re-ground yourself and will also keep you from hyperventilating. It also makes you focus more on your breathing, which can be stress relieving in itself.