Anxiety affects 18 percent of adults, which is about 40 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 54. It’s something that can be treated a number of ways, from prescription medication to meditation to natural supplements. Beyond these, studies also show that cannabis consumption, in the form of CBD oil, can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety without creating a “high” effect. By discovering additional ways to help manage anxiety, we should see more positive strides in mental health in the future, so here are a few more alternatives.
Lower your stress level
No one is immune to stress. Even something fun, like party planning, can become stressful when tasks like table and chair rentals and menu preparation start to stack up. Consider the things in your life which cause you stress everyday, like work, family matters, or finances. Stress and anxiety are linked, so think about what you can currently do to lower some of the stress in these areas. If it’s work, identify what’s specifically stressing you out about the situation and go over some solutions. Is it finding another way to approach the problem, or talking to the source of it, or finding a different job entirely?
Sometimes taking away stress in one area of your life leads to lowered stress and anxiety in other areas. Anxiety over your current job can lead you to find a new, hopefully better job. This could lead to more money, which might assist with any financial anxiety you might be feeling. No matter what’s affecting your stress level, acknowledging it and working to correct the problem is always going to be key to seeing positive changes in your life.
Try different natural remedies
Consuming regular fruits and vegetables gives your brain and body a lot of the vitamins and minerals it needs to fight off things that harm us, like anxiety. Try herbs like chamomile or hops, which are just a few of nature’s calming options. More recently, an increasingly popular, natural supplement is CBD oil, a compound derived from cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) both bind the receptors in our brains which separate and cause anxiety. CBD differs from THC because it does not give you a psychoactive feeling.
The effects of consuming CBD are still being tested, but studies produced positive results for people suffering from issues relating to mental health. In states where medical marijuana is legalized, options such as CBD edibles are becoming more popular among people with social anxiety. With mental health studies becoming more advanced, we’ll continue expanding what we know about our well being and how we can improve it.
Invest in your future
Adopting a healthier lifestyle early on helps prevent anxiety in your future. By balancing a healthy diet with a reduction in stressful activities, you’re less likely to be affected by anxiety. In fact, you’ll more than likely add years to your life. Create time for yourself to indulge in self-care. It can be reading a book, meditating with deep breathing, or simply relaxing. By keeping up these practices regularly, you might find your anxiety dwindling.
Caring for our mental health is just as important as keeping up with our physical health. Because we live in the 21st century, it’s almost impossible to completely avoid stressful situations. It’s how those situations are managed which makes all the difference. If you remember to maintain a good balance of time for yourself, a good diet, and natural remedies to relieve stress, you should see a decline in your anxiety level.
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