It is a silent killer and not a topic many of us want to discuss or confront ourselves or those we love with.
The symptoms can include: racing heart, rapid breathing, sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach and bursts of energy.
I will admit I grew up at a time when anxiety wasn't a topic at the dinner table. Prescriptions such as Prozac and Zoloft were brought to the US market in the late 1980s, they were used to treat major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia, and anxiety disorders.
Prozac is today the third most prescribed antidepressant on the US market.
If your dealing with anxiety on the regular, pills do not have to be the answer.To calm your subconscious and cut your anxiety, work these suggestions into your daily routine:
Quality and quantity are imperative for good sleep. Doctors recommend 8 hours of sleep a night.
Caffeine is found things you may not think of such as chocolate, tea and certain pills such as Excedrine.
This slows down the fight or flight response (also known as acute stress response). This is when the perception of a threat triggers a cascade of physiological changes as the brain freaks out and sets off an alarm throughout the entire central nervous system.
When faced with a situation that causes extreme anxiety or fear, our bodies will respond with a sudden display of physiological symptoms including a racing heart, tensed muscles, balled fists, pupil dilation, and shallow, rapid breathing. Slow'r down.
Movement plays a major role in not only physical health but also mental. As one example, a recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. It can both treat mild to moderate depression but also help prevent relapse.
Movement at places such as Verve, in downtown Pittsburgh can ease your feelings of anxiety and boost your sense of well-being. Find a movement you enjoy so you look forward to it and stick to it.
I know.... easier said then done. This is a tried and true method. Don't dwell on the things you cannot control. When they swamp your mind and emotion, Just say No. Do something else! Go out, meet friends, get moving, watch a movie that makes you smile. It may not feel like it on the daily but you and you alone are in charge of your thoughts an emotions.
Touch is one of the most soothing experiences we can take time out of our day to do. Despite popular opinion massage is not simply a luxury.
It is a necessity in many peoples lives whether for physical or mental wellness. Massage helps the body relax, which helps you let go of anxious and fearful thoughts. When administered correctly massage should relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and increase flexibility. As a therapy technique, massage therapy can manage the fight-or-flight response that is typically overactive among people with anxiety disorders.
Verve, in downtown Pittsburgh offers many specialized massage therapy options with highly educated and experienced licensed massage therapists.
Don't forget the benefits of adding CBD to your massage cream or oil.
Take time out of your day to serve others less fortunate then yourself and your life and blessings will be put into perspective really quickly.
This can be a situation, a person or an environment. Make it a priority to not put yourself in a place where anxiety breeds itself and shines through.
I tend to meditate. I stay still and throw on a station that's tuned to 432Hz such as attuned vibrations. 432Hz is proven to be is the harmonic intonation of nature. Playing and listening to music that is tuned specifically to 432Hz brings a sense of soothing, releases emotional blockages, brings peace and well-being, regardless of the music type.
In short, take care of you. Take care of all of you. Even a small gesture for your sanity is worth it no matter how small it may seem. Even one of these suggestions can make a major difference.
If you are interested in finding out how massage can increase your well-being, chill you out and get you centered reach out a hand to us.
Contact us today to schedule time with one of our talented, qualified and well versed massage professionals for a specialty massage, reiki or reflexology session. We look forward to becoming part of your personal care routine.