On any given calendar year, around one in five people experience an anxiety disorder. With a world population reaching eight billion, anxiety is expected to extend to around 1.5 billion people by 2020. As staggering as this statistic may seem, it does have a silver lining—you are not alone.
Whether you, yourself, are suffering from anxiety, or perhaps you have a friend or family member that is, it is important to understand the tools that you can use to treat anxiety in a natural and healthy manner.
1. Focus on your spiritual health.
Although we may not know it, we are all practicing being spiritual every day. Our spirituality is at the center of who we are, and connects our values, beliefs, and religious faiths. Whenever you question an action you took or regret the words you spoke, be sure to have faith that the situation will improve. This may be done through meditation or even just relaxation. It is important that we are aware of our spiritual health and practices, and that we are making an effort to be more in-tune with our spirituality so that we can move towards improving our self and our anxiety.
2. Eat healthy.
Focusing on eating a balanced diet has more benefits than for just our physicality—it also can lower anxiety and lift our mood. Although there is no perfect science to eating healthy, there are some general guidelines that are important to follow. First, it can be beneficial to stay away from alcohol and caffeinated drinks, as it tends to promote anxiety in many that consume it. Refined sugars and too-much sodium should also be avoided to improve our overall physical system, including our brains.
3. Exercise Regularly
Exercising can be one of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways to lower anxiety. Even just a 10-minute walk can noticeably lower anxiety, and studies have found that those who exercise are 25 percent less likely to develop anxiety in the first place. When we exercise regularly, feel-good endorphins release to enhance our sense of well-being. It can even help to take our minds off of our worries, so that we can get away from the cyclical negative thoughts that seem to feed into anxiety and other depressive thoughts.
4. Find your routine.
Finding a daily routine, especially with eating and sleeping, is essential to improving the stress and anxiety that we are feeling. By being consistent with our daily processes and removing the ambiguities from our schedule, we are able to focus on the source of our anxiety triggers. Many times, just getting enough sleep each night is all that it takes to improve mood and overall well-being.