Ways to help anxiety, without medication

Ways to help anxiety, without medication

Whether you have “actual” anxiety, or “normal” anxiety, these tips may help you calm down, especially those of you with test stress. These are a few ways to calm down, without paying for medication or other expensive methods.

  1. Have a cup of chamomile, or green tea- Just sit down with a good cup of tea and relax. Research has shown that certain natural ingredients in chamomile and green tea help anxiety and depression.
  2. Exercise – Okay, I know it’s difficult to get out and exercise sometimes, especially when you’re having a panic attack about your upcoming tests, but it can really help, long-term and immediately. The 21-minute-cure has proven that doing something that gets your heart rate up for 20 minutes can successfully calm you down. Exercising long-term, over a span of months, can help you feel more fit and healthy, improving your self-esteem and confidence with yourself.
  3. Lavender – While it can be slightly intoxicating, in small doses, that sweet small can be very effective during a panic attack. Some college students participated in a research study, where some of them smelt some lavender before an exam, and others didn’t, and the ones who did ended up being less nervous and calmer before and during the exam.
  4. Take a deep breath- Everyone’s lives can get hectic, chaotic and out of control, so just stop everything, pause, and take a deep breath. Focus on breathing, calming your heart rate, and relaxing. A technique known as the 4-7-8 Breath is super effective for this: inhale through you nose for 4 seconds, hold it for 7 seconds, then audibly exhale through your mouth, for 4 cycles.
  5. Have a snack – And by snack, I don’t mean a bag of chips, a couple cookies, or something sugary like that. Eat something wholesome and healthy, like green, leafy vegetables, or a handful of almonds. We often get stressed and anxious when we’re hungry, just remember to be healthy about it.
  6. Eat breakfast – Now, I personally experience this daily, where I’m not at all hungry in the mornings, and I almost feel nauseous at the thought of eating something, but doing so can really help. Even if it’s just some fruit, or eggs, it’ll do you good. Breakfast is super important!
  7. Stop catastrophizing- This is where you start overthinking things, and the worst-case scenarios come to mind and you think everything is going to end in a catastrophe. Stop that. It causes unnecessary stress, and the likeliness that any of the things you think up will come true is very, very slim. You won’t fail all your classes, and end up on the streets because your parents think you’re a disappointment and disown you, so you then can’t get a job and you’re forced to live a long, miserable, lonely life because not even the stray cat on your street likes you. It won’t happen.
  8. Get hot – Curl up under a blanket, with some hot chocolate or tea, with a fire going and your furnace of a cat lying on top of you. Getting warm can help you calm down, and now, during these cold winter months, getting warm is advisable anyways.
  9. Shinrin-yoku – The literal translation of this from Japanese is “forest bath”, which to us means a walk in the woods. Go outside, get some fresh air, and enjoy nature. Forest bathing is well-known for being relaxing, calming and enjoyable. Experiencing the great outdoors is beneficial in many ways.
  10. Mindfulness Meditation – When you’re panicking, take a moment to stop and think about the world around you at that moment, intentionally, with curiosity, and with no judgments. It’s interesting, and works very well.chamomlie

The next time you’re starting to overstress about your classes, upcoming exams, or anything else troubling your mind, try some of these tried-and-tested coping mechanisms!