Friday, 25 May 2018

3 Things That Help With My Anxiety

For the last 2.5 years I have suffered with Postnatal Depression (PND) and also anxiety. Whilst I am now medicated to help with this, I also use other techniques to help such as mindfulness to aid the medication. There are 3 things that really help with my anxiety. If I feel an attack or an episode coming along then one or all of these 3 things help to relax me.

1) Essential Oils
Before I suffered with a mental health problem I had never used Essential Oils. I didn't really understand their uses or benefits. Inhaling essential oils can help with your mood and physical wellbeing. I now use them regularly. The following scents are suggested to use for anxiety (I find Lavender works the best for me):

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Ylang ylang
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Cedarwood
  • Peppermint
  • Geranium
  • Valerian


2) Breathing Techniques
The only time I had practised breathing techniques was when I was in labour. Controlling your breathing can really help reduce anxiety. I now take at least 5 minutes a day (usually in the morning) to relax, get into a comfortable position (usually a yoga mat) and focus on taking deep breaths. I let my mind and body relax into the floor.



3) Exercise 
Whenever I started feeling anxious I try and let it all out through exercise. Exercise has been so effective at helping me release any tensions or stresses. I try to exercise at least 3-5 times a week now and it has definitely improved my mood. The endorphins I get from a good workout are addictive. I either do an exercise class such as body pump or I do some weights in the gym. I would like to try outdoor running but i've never been very good at it.


Have you got any tips for coping with anxiety?

*This is a collaborative post*


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