By MA Schneider :
At certain times in life, stresses seem more intense than others. The same set of circumstances that wouldn’t even phase you at one point in time may send you into a tizzy at another.
Particularly this phenomena happens in women, with hormonal variations, job stresses on top of holding up domestic matters at home, these shifts can be more notable than they are with men who tend to bottle their emotions.
For my own situation, when I’ve noticed minor stresses causing more anxiety than I logically know they should, I know it’s time to change first my mode of thinking about situations and life’s inevitable load of stress using a positive approach to how to solve difficult problems, whether financial or interpersonal, is a first step in reducing the stress.
For anxiety itself, there are several obvious changes that can be made. There are of course, herbal remedies for depression and anxiety which can help, but what of the actual changes in my mindset?
Cutting back on or cutting out caffeine is a good place to start. Getting physcial exercise, a workout of about 20 minutes per day helps to both energize and relax at the same time. Yoga is another form of both exercise and relaxation through stretching and breathing.
Diet is another important area to look at when managing depression and anxiety. Getting a wide variety of all food groups throughout the day helps keep moods and blood sugar more stable. Eating preferably a good breakfast and if time does not allow that, at least some fruit and cereal to start your day will get you off to a better start.
Cutting back on high carb, high sugar fast foods and instead opting for more protein and fruits and veggies is a great place to start. Getting enough sleep is another factor to help us weather through life’s ups and downs. Sleep deprivation decreases concentration and focus and increases irritability. It leaves us more susceptible to catching colds and flus.
For those with problems getting to sleep, cut out caffeine anytime near bed time. Avoid alcohol, although it seems to relax you initially, it actually interrupts the sleep cycle at night.
Avoid negative thoughts – toss them out the window, imagining they are written down on a piece of paper and toss them in the trash mentally. Listen to soothing music in the evening to relax and unwind, and to start the process of positive thoughts. Spa music CD’s are great for this. They really inspire a sense of tranquility – why do you think all the spas that charge $100 an hour for a massage play them?
Remember, self care is important. Self care is not selfish. It enables you to take care of others around you in a more stable and loving manner, as well as ensures your longevity and the things you give emotionally and spiritually to the people in your life.