10 Natural Tips, Solutions and Alternatives for Anxiety – Can Smudging Help Anxiety?

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Anxiety seems to be one of those topics that keeps popping up from time to time, whether it’s during a conversation, a heart-to-heart with someone or we read something on social media about it. 

The topic seemed to completely blow up around 2019 when everyone opened up about the topic, revealing that most of us suffer from some sort of anxiety. 

The more stories I heard, the more they started to resonate with me and I began thinking that I too suffered from anxiety and have done, for quite some time. 

I remember my first anxiety attack, which at the time I didn’t realise was an anxiety attack. I worked in a big retail store, and things were getting pretty stressful in our department. 

One night I was working alone on my shift and I remember thinking how bright and sharp my vision suddenly was – which I never experienced before. I was short of breath and decided to take a break. 

After a chat with a colleague, I mentioned that I didn’t feel right and she suggested I go home – which I did. 

At the time I wasn’t sure what was wrong with me. Maybe just a bad day or I have a migraine coming or a cold…

The feeling returned time and time again, but I couldn’t justify going home every time I felt like this – which seemed to be every day at work. 

Looking back, I now know that it was the retail environment, an atmosphere in our department, and having to deal with fussy customers who spoke down to me, that were causing these anxiety issues. 

Eventually, with a few years to learn more about myself, I realised that I suffer and always have, from social anxiety. 

Social anxiety is when you find any social situation awkward, apart from when you’re around people you feel completely comfortable with. 

The thought of speaking to a customer assistant or asking a stranger a question about the local post office could easily cause anxiety preventing you from speaking to anyone in case you say or do something silly. 

It feels like an irrational fear of the smallest social interaction. Like why is this bothering me that much when I know it’s not a big deal? Yet in my head, it feels like a huge deal because I can’t even bring myself to pick up the phone and call about my latest gas bill. 

Anxiety can be constant for some people, in more intense cases, or it can creep up on you out of nowhere, on a random day – a bit like depression. 

The best thing we can do is to recognise the symptoms, identify if anything triggered it, and try and find a solution for it. 

As I’m all about being natural and natural solutions that don’t poison the body but rather support it, here’s some natural remedies when anxiety hits, without harming the body: 

anxiety natural solutions alternatives

1. Meditation 

This is my go-to remedy for anxiety. When life gets too much, there’s too much going on, my thoughts are running wild and crazy causing even more anxiety, by sitting down and being still and quiet, I begin to restore my sanity. 

Meditation is a practice of silencing your thoughts, focussing on your breath and clearing your mind from any overwhelming thoughts, or any thoughts at all in fact. 

It’s a seriously relaxing way to feel sane again. A lot of the time, the thing that causes anxiety is that voice in our heads that won’t shush… it can put us down, fill our minds with doubt and cause us to get anxious over the smallest tasks. 

By meditating for even 10 to 15 minutes, it can feel like you’ve refreshed your mind and the thoughts that were making you anxious, have completely disappeared. 

The new perspective will allow you to see how irrational and not true those thoughts were. 

2. Exercise, Dancing, Movement 

I list all 3 because any type of movement is great for the mind and body to release the tension and anxiety through the body. Everyone is different and not everyone loves pilates or cardio. 

If you do, great – go for it! A 30-minute exercise each day can really help boost and improve your mood. 

If you’re not that keen on following strict exercise regimes, like me, then go for something more free flow – like dancing

This is one of my favourite ways to release anxiety and let go of the anxious thoughts through my body and every limb. I like to stomp, raise my hands, move my hips, tilt my head and generally let the music take over my body and just dance. 

It’s great if you can put earphones in as you’ll be able to fully focus on the music without outside distractions. 

Dance is the language of your soul. It’s your spirit’s way of communicating with your body. It allows your body to tell the story of your spirit, through dance. 

Dancing sets our spirit free. 

Some of the health benefits of moving your body and dancing includes: 

  • Reduced stress
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved flexibility 
  • Enhanced coordination 
  • Improved posture
  • Lifted mood
  • Awakened mind
  • Built muscle strength
  • Reduced stiffness

3. Yoga 

The magick combination of movement and breath – the most sensual out of all the remedies. If you’ve never tried yoga, now is the time. 

There are many benefits to yoga, as it positively affects your mind, body and spiritual connection to your soul. The emphasis on slow movement and breathing is prominent in every type of yoga as the main features of this practice. 

Yoga is almost like a ritual, it’s a time out of your day to slow down, to re-focus your energy back to yourself and to what really matters – forgetting those anxious thoughts that were clouding over your energy. 

As it’s a relaxing practice, it reduces your stress levels – so if you have a stressful job or you know you’re likely to get nervous, anxious or frustrated with situations and you’d like to change that, yoga could be perfect for you! 

It can also make you more flexible, help with your metabolism, back problems and overall energy levels. 

If you’re not a big fan of exercise, again this could be a great alternative as it’s a slow movement exercise (so no sweating or very little depending on how much time you spend), but it still releases stress from the mind and body, supported by deep breaths. 

4. Healthy Foods 

A bad diet full of sugars and fats can alter our mood. These types of foods affect the way we feel, causing mood swings and making us more prone to anxiety. 

Your anxiety won’t completely go away as soon as you change your diet, but it will certainly help you feel more balanced and in control of your feelings. Sugary and processed foods full of fat can alter hormones and change the way we feel, which can be confusing to our mind and body. 

To keep things balanced, use these rules when deciding what to eat/not eat: 

  • Avoid caffeine and foods containing caffeine
  • Avoid sugar 
  • Eat lots of fruit and veg 
  • Avoid processed, microwavable foods 
  • Try sticking to a plant-based diet
  • Try cooking more from scratch 
  • Use less salt 

anxiety natural solutions alternatives

5. Natural Supplement – Dr Vegan 

If you’re more into supplements, but want to try something natural and even vegan, go ahead and try Dr Vegan’s Stay Calm TM supplements. 

The natural herbs, adaptogens and minerals support a balanced mood, releasing anxiety and providing a better emotional balance

Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, and Vitamin B5 are the main ingredients responsible for restoring back our calmness. 

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps to stabilise the body’s response to stress; it improves anxiety symptoms by destroying free radicals that cause damage to the brain and body. 

Dr Vegan supplements are free from additives, are plastic-free and come in biodegradable packaging! 

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6. Breathwork 

Deep and slow breathing can significantly reduce stress and anxiety

When we’re stressed, under pressure, overwhelmed with workloads, we might start to take shorter breaths.

This sends a signal to our brain that something is wrong, raising our adrenaline, stress levels and alerting our nervous system, which over a longer period of time causes anxiety and stress. 

When we get to that point, breathwork is the exact type of exercise we need to stop any long-term effects of anxiety. 

We can take control of our breath through a few breathing exercises, deep, long breaths, sending a signal to our brain that actually, everything is fine and there is no need to fight or run. 

Breathwork is about conscious breathing. It’s a set of breathing exercises, changing the usual pattern of our breathing and controlling it through specific sets. 

Breathwork helps to release tension buried deep inside our mind, body and soul, helping us feel more connected to the body we’re in and to discover our traumas, being able to face and/or release them. 

Next time you start to feel anxious, try a few breathing exercises. 

7. Journaling

When it comes to anxiety, some of our thoughts and voices can be irrational, or in the least, so dramatic and over the top that they’re not even remotely true! They’re there to put us down, make us doubt and fear the smallest tasks but they’re never a true reflection of how strong we really are. 

By journaling, you can pour your heart out onto the paper and see what comes out. You may read it back and think – that’s not how I feel or want to feel. 

Or it may help you release the negative thoughts that are weighing you down. Putting stuff down on paper can bring back clarity and peace of mind, as the thoughts escape your overcrowded mind, you can start to see the bigger picture and get a better perspective on the things that were making you anxious. 

Journaling is simply writing down your thoughts, feelings and struggles in a journal. Writing down what’s on your mind, stops it from being bottled in inside your brain, allowing to let the thoughts and feelings out onto paper and helping you feel better. 

It’s like a weight off the shoulders, your thoughts are released, no longer haunting your mind or causing anxiety. 

anxiety natural solutions alternatives

8. Reduce Caffeine and Other Stimulants 

Caffeine and alcohol contribute to your feeling of anxiety. Caffeine increases our blood pressure, with our mind and heart racing to wake us up. 

If we’re already feeling anxious, the effect of caffeine added into the equation, will make our heart race even quicker and increase the pace of our thoughts. 

With alcohol, consumption in high amounts intensifies our feelings, which includes our fears, anxieties and depression. 

If we’re already feeling anxious, the alcohol may for a few short minutes make us feel relaxed and better, but after that second or third drink, we may start to feel very anxious and depressed as the alcohol alters our mood. 

The more we drink in one sitting, it’s more likely that our negative emotions and underlying issues will come up, intensified.

9. Smudging – Can It Help With Anxiety?

In short yes, smudging can help with anxiety, as well as stress and depression. Several studies support the claim that white sage (salvia apiana) can make us feel happier, more relaxed and help us sleep better. 

Sage and smudging helps clear and purify our energy, and if our energy is full of anxiety and stress, by lighting sage and clearing our energy with sage smoke, we are clearing our space/aura, ready for positive vibes, getting rid of what’s no longer serving us. 

Smudging improves our mood, and if our mood is anxiety – it helps clear it off. Shoo anxiety…

10. Ashwaghanda

If you’re into herbal medicine and believe that plants can truly help us, you should Ashwaghanda as it helps with stress and hormonal imbalance, relieving effects of anxiety.

What are you tried and tested methods for reducing anxiety? What do you do when things get too much, and the world is just too anxious? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 

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