Three Natural Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety plagues the best of us. We think we are in control of all situations, but many people lie awake at night pondering the “what ifs.” They wonder what if this happens, what if I did that, what if, what if, what if… But what does all that amount to? As the Bible says in Matthew 6:27, “Can any of you add a single hour to the length of your life by worrying?” The answer is of course not; worrying does nothing for us and can destroy our health. Reducing anxiety doesn’t mean taking dangerous anxiety medications; but rather engage in natural methods that are proven to calm and relax. Here are three such ways.

Find a Hobby

Hobbies are amazing. They take our focus, energy, and pent up anxiety and they concentrate it on something we love. Our hobbies become something we can take pride in, something we can excel at, and often they become something that we can sell and earn a living by doing. If you’re struggling for hobbies, here are a few that you might enjoy:

Rock Climbing – Fuel your inner daredevil and take up climbing. Start in the gym with a trained expert, and then move outdoors when you really know what you’re doing.

Running – Want the exercise without the heights? Running is a great stress burner. Millions of people across the country run for fun and never compete in a race. Simply jog a few miles per day to relieve your stress.

Build Something – Build a cake, build furniture, build clothing; it doesn’t matter what you build. Find something you think would be fun to do, and give it a bunch of tries.

Read – Trillions upon trillions of words have been written. There are entire worlds waiting to be discovered. Find a genre you like, and read everything you can get your hands on.

Hobbies don’t have to be confined to a box. If you like doing it, become an expert at it!

Get Some Exercise

This was touched on in the hobbies section, but it needs further discussion. No matter what your hobby, even if it’s playing video games, you need exercise. It is an essential component of health that needs to be expanded upon.

Exercise does not have to be pumping iron in the gym; although that is certainly an option. Instead, it can be a leisurely stroll through the park or around the block. It can even be dancing in front of the TV in the evening. The idea is to get your heart rate up, burn some calories, and get rid of that anxiety!

Eat Something!

This is not an open invitation to overeat. This is an invitation to indulge in healthy foods (when you are hungry) that have been shown to relieve stress. What? You say there are foods that relieve stress that aren’t ice cream and chocolate? Of course there are. Here are a few.

Avocados – What more can be said of these super foods? Eat a couple per day if you want.

Raspberries – Think about the last time you ate a raspberry. Besides the seeds in the teeth, can anyone get upset at a raspberry?

Nuts – Nuts like cashews and other fatty nuts help the brain to relax. The fatty oils provide “lubrication” for the brain and reduce stress.

Garlic – Think of the most laid back people group you know. Likely you thought of the Italians. Garlic is a staple in their diet.

There are many many more foods that help fight stress. The key is to eat the healthy ones, and eat them in moderation.

Anxiety, or stress, are parts of our American way of life. They can be good in the sense that they motivate you to try harder. They can be bad in the sense that they cause undue pain on your heart, and keep you up at night. Reduce stress and anxiety as much as you can, and then use what’s left to motivate you to do great things.