We all have those sudden moments of panic, like when you already put all your groceries on the belt and now you can’t seem to find your wallet anywhere. That flustered girl who couldn't seem to find the right card? That was me just a few days ago. Boy was I happy when I got to my car and whipped out my lavender lava rock.
Well don’t stress, today I'm going to share with you my top 3 ways to relieve your anxiety fast and easy.
1. Lavender – Lavender is a miracle worker when it comes to anxiety. It has been scientifically proven that breathing in Lavender for 3 minutes reduces stress; and also has many other amazing effects. (We are talking fresh flower or essential oil here.) I personally put it on my wrist and on my neck at the pulse points.
“Diego and colleagues demonstrated that people receiving lavender oil (10%) olfaction for 3 minutes felt significantly more relaxed and had decreased anxiety scores, improved mood and increased scores of alpha power on EEG (an indicator of alertness), and increased speed of mathematical calculations.”
2. Deep Breathing – If you don’t have any Lavender on hand the next best thing to do is to deep breathe. If you have ever been involved in public performance, you probably know this one already. When you get stressed out, your body reacts with quick shallow breaths, also called This quick shallow breathing causes effects such as:
- shortness of breath
- a lump in the throat
- tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Well the good news is, by practicing your deep breathing skills you can reverse ALL of the symptoms caused by quick, shallow breathing.
Here are the steps for basic deep breathing:
1) Exhale. Clear your lungs of any stale air.
2) Inhale. Breathe in deep and count to 4 slowly.
3) Hold. Hold it in to the count of 3.
4) Release. Exhale once again this time to the count of 6.
5) Repeat. Repeat as necessary
3. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) A.K.A “Tapping” – Now this one is a bit hard for me to explain so, just watch the video I’m linking here and follow the steps. It’s very easy, you can do it anywhere, and it really helps me a lot. I've personally found that Brad Yates is the best teacher for me because he's a lot more casual in his approach. Feel free to do plenty of exploring with this one, Yates has over 100+ videos on tapping for different scenarios.
I hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped my anxiety. If you have any requests for a particular topic, leave a comment below and I’ll do what I can to find and provide reliable information for you.
EDIT: I forgot to add my absolute Go-To for de-stressing, Chamomile or Yarrow tea, both are fantastic for replacing that choking grip of anxiety with warmth and comfort.