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Your cell phone beeps to wake you up and when turning off your alarm you notice 11 notifications from instagram, 26 unread emails, an update on the weather, and a reminder that you really need to get the new software update. You check your calendar and you have back to back meetings all day so you pour a big cup of coffee and rush out the door to sit in traffic where you spend the whole time wondering if you’re going to be late for work.
Did that stress you out and maybe sound eerily familiar? Read on, my friend.
In the United States alone, over 18.1% of the population suffer from anxiety and 6.7% struggle with depression. As a generation with unlimited digital media use thanks to smart phones and high speed internet at our fingertips, the interconnectedness of constant social media pings has led us to feel disconnected with ourselves. According to the DSM V anxiety can cause excessive feelings of worry, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, irritability, sleep disturbances, stomach discomfort, headache, sweating, or a racing heart to name a few. It is the sensation of “fight or flight” except instead of like our ancestors being chased by a tiger, we’re bombarded with conscious and subliminal stressors throughout the day.
Take a look at some of the factors that can contribute to anxiety:
Blood Sugar Imbalance (reactive hypoglycemia)
Trauma (physical or emotional)
Diet high in processed fats such as vegetable and canola oil, sugar, preservatives, and chemicals
Medications or herbal remedies
Having a grounding practice or a lifestyle that supports anxiety relief can help you feel empowered in taking control of your anxiety. Whether you have a big test or work project coming up or are struggling with a health problem or new diagnosis, having a consistent ritual provides reliability and stability through an uneasy time. Lifestyle is just one piece of the anxiety puzzle and everyone has a different genetic background and environment. I highly recommend working with your healthcare team to help provide supportive and integrative care.
Anxiety and I know each other well, a little too well. I first started feeling jittery, racing thoughts, sweats, and lack of appetite after I had a serious concussion. With significant brain trauma, an autoimmune diagnosis, and the daily stressors of being a graduate student I work every day to manage my levels of anxiety. The number one practice that helps me is prioritize grounding rituals. For me this looks like a consistent morning routine and connecting with a loved one daily. It helps me feel more in control over these seemingly “out of control” symptoms especially when I can’t pinpoint why I am anxious. Small little lifestyle tweaks can make a big impact on supporting your overall mood and health.
To get you started I’m sharing today my seven biggest tips for simple tweaks for anxiety relief. Grounded Mind is a FREE downloadable guide for my seven tips to bringing more grounding practices into your day. There are many factors to anxiety but living a lifestyle supportive of grounding can help feel more centered in your day and empower you to take steps towards healing in your everyday life.
This guide is for you if...
↠ You frequently wake up with racing thoughts + have trouble falling asleep at night
↠ You know you have been more anxious lately + are looking for more natural ways to bring yourself into balance
↠ You feel exhausted constantly + wonder how to align your lifestyle to support healing
↠ You could use a little more grounding + self care in your life
Leave a comment and let me know if you found this guide helpful!
What practices do you use to help you feel grounded?