Allow Yourself To Scream
Wait, what? You read it correctly. Did you know that one yoga teacher created a special class and named it Tantrum Yoga, where students are encouraged to shout, stomp, pound their chest, laugh, etc? That is exactly what we have in mind throw a tantrum and let yourself scream your lungs out. You wont believe how useful it is as an anxiety treatment self-help. Of course, you cant do this in a place where you would disturb others, so you need to go somewhere, like deep in the forest, for example, and let your voice out as much as possible.
Learn To Breathe Consciously
Another tip for how to get rid of anxiety is to start anxiety treatment breathing techniques the moment you feel stressed! These breathing techniques are slow, deep exercises, and the point is that you breathe from the belly. Try to find a quiet place where you can focus on breathing and nothing else. It is recommended that you breathe through the nostrils and not through the mouth. Inhale deeply and count to four. Then hold the breath while you count to three and slowly exhale counting to four. While you are breathing, keep one hand on the belly and another on the chest.
How To Get Rid Of The Lump In Your Throat Permanently
For better or worse, there is no rapid cure for the lump in your throat. Its caused by stress and anxiety, and only by relieving that anxiety will the lump in your throat ultimately go away.
But dont be too worriedanxiety commonly creates the feeling of having a globus sensation, and if youre feeling stressed and anxious, then that is normal. Try calming yourself down, for now, using any safe coping strategies youre used to, and focus on ways to cure your anxiety in the future.
Anxiety causes your muscles to tighten, including those in your neck. Combined with the sensitivity that many people have to the way their body feels with anxiety, it can make the lump feel severe. It is not dangerous, but it is stressful, and only by eliminating anxiety can it be stopped.
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Easing Your Mind With Self
Remove Or Minimize Alcohol
Alcohol is a great short-term solution for anxiety.
If youve ever had alcohol, you probably recognize the warm fuzzy, relaxed feeling you get shortly after having a few drinks.
Worries just seem to float away and you stop feeling so shitty for a moment or two.
This happens because of:
- Alcohols powerful pro-GABA effectsin the brain whereby it promotes relaxation and functions as as potent anxiolytic
- Drinking alcohol stimulates neurosteroid synthesis in the brain such as allopregnenolone, which then act upon GABA receptors and further contributes to the sedative, anti-depressant and anxiolytic effects.
Ok, so Ill keep on drinking then if its so great?
The problem with alcohol is that its a band-aid to temporarily patch things up
and after the acute anxiolytic effects have worn off, your anxiety is likely only going to get worse.
Long-term alcohol consumption is actually one of the worst conceivable solutions to anxiety.
I was using alcohol as a crutch for many years when I was having a really hard time coping with my OCD/anxiety. Sure, I felt great when I was drunk, but I was only masking underlying issues.
The day after drinking my anxiety would always blow up in my face, way worse than before.
There are many health problems associated with drinking too much and all of these can aggravate anxiety:
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Struggles With Intimacy Or Commitment In Friendships Or Romantic Relationships
Heightened anxiety is essentially your body going into fight or flight mode because it thinks you are in danger. So if your body is working extra hard to protect you and keep you safe, it makes sense that you would find it extra hard to be vulnerable and open up with other people.
But all healthy relationshipsespecially romantic relationshipsare built on intimacy . So if you cant be vulnerable, it severely limits your ability to grow and deepen your relationships, which eventually can lead to conflict or struggle in the relationship itself.
And once again, this unfortunately becomes a vicious cycle: the less willing you are to be vulnerable, the more the relationship struggles but the more the relationship struggles, the more anxious and afraid you are to be vulnerable.
What Makes You Anxious
Because anxiety is a type of fear, the things weve described about fear above are also true for anxiety.
The word anxiety tends to be used to describe worry, or when fear is nagging and persists over time. It is used when the fear is about something in the future rather than what is happening right now.
Anxiety is a word often used by health professionals when theyre describing persistent fear. The ways that you feel when youre frightened and anxious are very similar, as the basic emotion is the same.
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Causes And Risk Factors
Anxiety is a normal response to stress or a dangerous situation and its often referred to as the fight or flight response. Its also the most prevalent mental health condition. Anxiety becomes problematic when it is constant or in reaction to inappropriate circumstances, which over time can negatively affect your day-to-day life. In fact, there are a number of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder.
Causes of anxiety include:
- inability to socialize
Find What Relaxes You
There are already things in your life that relax you. You may find it beneficial to make a list of things you enjoy and that help you to relax so you can reference it when symptoms of anxiety arise. When you notice your anxiety rising turn to those activities to help stop symptoms before they escalate.
For example, if you find that a warm bath is relaxing, don’t wait, draw a bath, maybe light some candles or add a few nice scents and get in. Whether it’s a bath, a shower, skipping stones at a park, getting a massage – if it works, do it right away, rather than allowing yourself to become overwhelmed by your anxiety.
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Summary & Extra Resources
Social anxiety is excessive and persistent fear of what other people think of you.
And when it comes to the question of how to overcome social anxiety, the most important distinction to keep in mind is this:
Whatever caused your social anxiety originally is not necessarily the thing maintaining it now.
This means that in order to effectively overcome your social anxiety, you need to identify the habits in the present that are keeping your anxiety strongor even making it worseand work to eliminate them.
To review, here are the 10 tips I recommended to get you started:
The Awesome Benefits Of Vitamin D
When your skin is exposed to the UV rays in sunlight, it triggers the production vitamin D from the precursor 7-dehydrocholesterol.
Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin, but a fat-soluble steroid with many important biological functions in the body.
Vitamin D deficiencies are very common in modern society up to 50% of the worlds population have low levels as we spend most of our time indoors, use sunscreen, and depending on where you live in the world you may not have the best opportunities for good UV exposure.
This is a huge problem as adequate vitamin D is critically important for health and well-being.
Important Functions of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is well-known for its role in promoting bone health and regulating calcium levels/absorption a severe deficiency can lead to rickets which manifests itself as weak and soft bones in children.
However thats just one small piece of the vitamin D puzzle.
This is a hormone that regulates a wide variety of important processes in the body. It is involved in regulating over 200 different genes, turning up some and turning down some.
One function of this hormone includes activating the innate and adaptive immune system. Furthermore, vitamin D helps upregulate antimicrobial peptides which helps your immune system fight infections.
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Make Sleep Your #1 Priority
Are you regularly getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep every night?
If you answered yes:
Great! You can skip this part.
If you answered no:
Thats a problem you want to fix ASAP.
Good quality sleep is crucial for your bodys natural healing processes and without enough deep sleep youre not going to repair the damage caused by normal wear and tear and stress.
I know next to nothing about how cars work but I do know that you need to change the oil occasionally, and sometimes bring it to a mechanic for general maintenance.
The same way your body needs an oil change every night, which happens as you sleep.
During sleep your brain flushes out toxic waste, learning and memories are cemented, hormones are produced, cells get renewed, and so on.
But thats not all:
Poor sleep activates the different stress pathways that weve discussed previously, including the HPA-axis as well as the sympathetic nervous system.
Hence, crappy sleep sets into motion a cascade of adverse health effects that compound and become worse over time:
1. Firstly, sleep deprivation leads to increased levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which on its own is terrible for your health and can aggravate anxiety.
2. Secondly, hyperactivation of the HPA axis leads to poor quality sleep and sleep loss, which sets you up for an even MORE deranged hormonal situation, more stress hormones, anxiety, but also obesity, diabetes type 2, etc.
This is a vicious cycle that you want to break ASAP.
You Can Increase Your Adaptive Energy
In my model of thinking, there are different ways of beefing up your adaptive energy so that the harmful effects of stress can be mitigated.
I cant say for sure if this is 100% faithful to Hans original idea of adaptive energy so maybe we should call it something else
likenice happy energy.
Ok maybe not.
Anyways, the basic idea is that can bulletproof yourself against stress.
You may experience lots of stress in all kinds of shapes and forms environmental toxins, physical trauma, infections, emotional stress, arguments with your partner, etc but if theres an equal or greater amount of adaptive energy to take care off all that stress youll be just fine.
Increasing your adaptive energy tips the scale over to the right side, where we want it to be:
Exactly how to beef up your stress resilience is something we will look at later in more detail, but a lot of it has to do with implementing lifestyle changes that boost energy production and/or break the vicious circle of stress:
- Finding and connecting with stillness in the present moment .
- Good nutrition.
- Fixing your gut and liver health.
- Natural sunlight, or red light exposure.
- Using safe anti-stress supplements, e.g magnesium.
- Optimizing your levels of the basic protective hormones thyroid, progesterone, pregnenolone and DHEA, which oppose the negative effects of stress hormones.
Moving on to:
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Adaptive Energy Your Natural Stress Buffer
According to Hans Selye, your body has something called adaptive energy:
The pool of energy and resources used to cope with stress.
In other terms you could think of it as yourstress buffer the more you have, the greater your resilience to stress.
Anytime there is a demand made upon the body, the body taps into its adaptive energy.
Stressors That You Can Eliminate/solve
Take a gander at your list.
Start with addressing the stressors that you are able to get rid off.
Feel stressed out 24/7 and overwhelmed with stuff that pops up? Cant do the things that you used to enjoy doing? Lack of energy and time?
Learn to say no.
Then use that skill to say no to commitments, reduce non-essential activities and consider where your time and energy is going on a daily basis.
See if you can streamline things in your daily life so that you can free up more of your time. Use that time for activities that are important to you instead.
And make time for some sort of daily relaxation practice e.g breathwork, exercise, meditation.
Basically, become ruthless at saying no!
Do you spend a lot of time watching the news, getting aggravated by all the horrible stuff going on in the world? Do you find yourself getting stressed out from the glaciers melting and Donald Trump being president?
Cut it out!
You dont need to watch the news.
The world is not going to get any better because you feel upset with all the stupid things going on. Reacting this way is perfectly understandable, but its just not very helpful.
Do you have a friend, or friends, that always brings you down and makes you feel bad?
I would seriously contemplate finding new friends.
Now, admittedly some things are not as easy to get rid of just like that.
You cant just quit your job when you rely on your income to support yourself or your family.
Main point here is that:
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