This last year has been intense. Even things which are generally easy otherwise are just terribly frustrating during times of extreme pressure and strain. Add in that everyone around you is also suffering with higher stress, schooling issues, working from home, and constant zoom calls? Something has to change. Since you can’t fully control your environment, it’s going to need to come from within. How can you practice dealing with stress and anxiety?
Control your Breathing
You’ve practiced some meditation breathing in the past, but now it’s time to up your game. There are great apps available which can help you practice meditation relaxing breaths. This can lower blood pressure, lower heart rate and help you sleep at night. One such technique is called the Wim Hoff method. It’s helpful with creating an overall feeling of peacefulness, but also making your sleep deepen, increasing relaxation.
It’s important, especially after spending much time indoors, to test your vitamin D levels. This can change your wakefulness and energy. If your D levels are low, it can mess up other body systems as well. Many new supplements are available on the market. CBD has been shown to be helpful in treating anxiety, but you need to make sure it doesn’t have a high concentration of THC. It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting any new supplements, especially if you are taking any medications. While most supplements would be fine, you want to avoid an inadvertent reaction that could make everything worse.
There are several grounding techniques which can be useful to remind your body that it is safe. Besides standing on the actual ground (which does help), another useful technique is tapping. Tapping is supposed to help you reestablish to your body that you are in a safe, physical form. The physical act of tapping your chest or forehead gently with a few fingers can cause your brain to realize it’s safe, and lower your anxiety- it sounds strange, but it works!
The pandemic has caused ongoing anxiety and trauma to so many Americans, and it’s only beginning to show major physical signs in the bodies of those who have dealt with this long year. Learning ongoing techniques, both for yourself and to teach family members, can benefit not only mental health, but physical well-being for years to come. It will enhance the capability to heal the trauma involved, and make it possible to progress through the worries and cares to a fresh new future.
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