Thousands of people are dealing with anxiety & stress – it’s so prevalent in our society nowadays. If you’re anxious, I’d challenge you to first start by working on your mindset and understanding that you have so much to be thankful for. So much is going RIGHT for you than going wrong and worrying about what’s going to happen in the future does no earthly good. If you’re still struggling after putting yourself in that mindset every day, what else can you do? Here are some practical ways you can lower the anxiety level within the body.
Ashwagandha is an herb that helps lower cortisol levels by up to 25-30% when taken properly. When you have very stressful, high anxiety seasons in your life – sometimes you can’t avoid all that cortisol. Although it shouldn’t be used year-round, the proper dosage of Ashwagandha can definitely get the stress levels down.
Exercise is nature’s best antidepressant! Don’t have the time? Do high intensity, short-duration workouts. It will fit into your schedule easily, it’s been shown to drive down stress levels, and doesn’t create extra cortisol (like long-duration exercise does). When you’re working out for 30, 40, 50, 60 minutes, you’re creating stress – so if you’re trying to reduce anxiety and stress levels, go with short increment workouts. Our 10-minute workout program will accomplish that with just 10 minutes a day, 6 days a week, just 1 HOUR of exercise per week!
Adaptogenic herbs and nutrients such as B6, ashwagandha, rhodiola, and ginseng can help support healthy cortisol levels. These herbs have been used for centuries. They work by helping your body produce a better response to outside stress and anxieties.
- Ashwagandha is an ancient herb that may assist your body in managing stress. It’s also been used to help support healthy brain function, cortisol levels, healthy blood sugar, anxiety, and depression.
- Rhodiola is a plant with roots that are considered adaptogenic. The Rhodiola root has been used to support stress, anxiety, emotional stability, fatigue and depression!
- B6 is one of the most important B vitamins for mental health. B6 is found in foods such as salmon, chicken, and chickpeas. It helps our bodies produce neurotransmitters that reduce the effects of stress and anxiety on our brains, basically providing a calming effect!
- Ginseng is also a plant with roots that are adaptogenic. It’s also been used medicinally for centuries to support anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue
These adaptogenic herbs can be found in foods, supplements, and natural teas!
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
These are coping mechanisms used to relax your brain and lower the nervous system response inside of your body. It’s used to calm the accelerator (hit the brakes) and regulate your system. A lot of times it just stays heightened because of what we’re eating and what stressful scenarios we’re putting our bodies through. These very powerful techniques will help you sleep better, help with your anxiety, help your depression and just get your brain under control. In today’s world, it’s overwhelming and over-stimulating at times, and you’ve got to calm it down.
Addressing the nervous system and how your body communicates with the brain is so vitally important. Checking your nervous system and those communication lines can make all the difference as far as whether your body is high-strung and anxious vs. calm and working they way it’s designed to. So, a nervous system evaluation is an absolute necessity to start addressing your anxiety.
Those steps are how you achieve real help when struggling with stress, anxiety and depression. Put them to use and let your body do the healing the way it’s meant to.