Tuesday, December 6

6 ANXIETY HACKS EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW

We’ve all experienced anxiety at some points in our lives, for some it is episodes of it in certain stages, for some it is constant riddled with overthinking.

So here are some of the hacks that can help you deal with anxiety better than currently, please do note this isn’t medical advice and you should consult your doctor if you anxiety is getting uncontrollable and more frequent.

1. The ice Trick

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Putting ice on your wrist during bouts of anxiety can slow down your thoughts.

Here’s how: The same nerve ending that control part of our brain responsible for anxious thoughts also terminate in the wrists.

By cooling the blood, you slow down your thoughts.

2. Peeling an Orange

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Research shows that the smell of citrus calms our body.

While also doing small tasks with your hands relieves anxiety.

Ultimately, peeling an orange does both good for your mind, and your body.

3. Lavender Oil

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Scents like lavender have a positive effect on physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. 

Smell is the biggest trigger of memory – including bad memories.

So it’s important to surround yourself with uplifting scents that signal happiness and calm.

4. Box Breathing

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Box breathing is a therapist-designed anxiety hack.

It goes like this:

1. Inhale for a count of 4.

2. Hold your breath in for a count of 4.

3. Exhale for a count of 4.

4. Hold your breath out for a count of 4.

4 by 4 by 4 by 4 = a perfect square.

5. Cashew Nuts

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Foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and tryptophan, like cashews, have a calming effect on the body.

This is because Omega-3 fatty acids and tryptophan trigger the production of serotonin (happy hormone) neurotransmitters that soothe the nervous system.

6. Take a Hot Shower

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It’s difficult to have a panic attack in the shower.

This is because your muscles relax and breathing slows with the heat and humidity generated by hot water.

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