General anxiety is something most people feel these days. Maybe you had a hard day at work, or something at home is causing you to feel anxious. When the anxiety hits it can be paralyzing for some people, or it can just be an undercurrent that only manifests itself in certain situations. There are certain natural ways that anxiety can be treated with if it is not severe and even if you do not suffer from it these activities can simply make one feel relaxed.
This has been proven time and again to be the number one way to alleviate anxiety. For generalized anxiety, a good workout has the ability to release endorphins which give you an automatic pick me up. Exercise may not feel great as you are doing it but afterwards, you will reap the benefits. You will have better sleep and you should feel less anxious for hours post-workout. This does not need to be a strenuous one either, you can simply go for a walk or do a grueling spin class. The idea is just to get you moving.
Anything with caffeine in it is a no go as it has been shown to not only make you jittery but it can actually increase feelings of anxiety. Thus, if you want to sip on a warm beverage which will provide a calming effect try an herbal tea which contains chamomile or valerian root as both will provide a soothing quality, and in the case of valerian help you fall asleep.
The primary idea behind meditation is to calm the ‘monkey brain’ also known as those thoughts which give you anxiety. You can try using an app like Calm which offers a guided meditation practice until you are comfortable meditating in silence or just with music. As you become more familiar with the practice you should find that you are more mindful and thus able to have a sense of calm from the chaotic world around you.
As therapy animals are brought to hospital patients to bring joy and some much-needed comfort, so to can they help with anxiety. If you have a cat or dog, or a friend does consider spending some extra time with it. The simple act of petting a cat, and having it purr has been shown to lessen anxiety levels. These are all simple tricks you can try from the comfort of your own home.