Developing healthy habits at a young age is important in order to maintain your physical and mental health as an adult; after all, healthy habits create happy bodies. But adulting is hard and many responsibilities and life circumstances get in the way of healthy routines, causing unwanted anxiety and stress. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States alone, causing people to suffer from symptoms like uneasiness, sweating, heart palpitations, and more.
Many people turn to medication as a treatment to combat these unwanted symptoms and anxious feelings, but this doesn’t have to be the only answer. We’ve provided you with useful self-care tips and healthy solutions below to help you stay on track with your healthy living routine and rid your anxiety!
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A good night’s sleep—not only is it something we need, it’s something we crave. If you often find yourself awake, tossing and turning at night despite yearning for sleep, you’re not alone: according to the National Sleep Association, between 50 and 70 million US adults suffer from a sleep disorder. In fact, lack of sleep is such a prevalent issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently called insufficient sleep a “public health problem.”
Several factors can keep us from getting the rest we need, including insomnia, anxiety, stress and poor air quality. Luckily, there are many natural remedies that can help facilitate the rest we need. Simply introducing certain plant species into your bedroom can help reduce stress, boost your mood, and promote a more restful sleep. Below we’ve compiled a list of the 15 best bedroom plants to help you get a good night’s rest. Since what works best is different for each person, we’ve listed them without a specific order.
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The evidence of food’s link to mental states has been growing.
“As part of our fight against mental health, we have a very much underutilised tool – FOOD. You have the ability to improve the way you feel by controlling what you put on your plate.” – Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Here are four of the techniques that you can try at home that can help you:
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“The word stress refers to the body’s physical and emotional response to a demand that forces a person out of their comfort zone. These responses can sometimes help, providing bursts of energy to escape danger, but it is when such responses are a reaction to something emotional that people could start to suffer.”
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Anxiety is one of the biggest mental stressors. When we feel anxious, our heart rate and blood pressure increase and we start taking rapid, shallow breaths. In response to the stress on our body and mind, our sympathetic “fight-or-flight” nervous system kicks in to boost cortisol (the primary stress hormone) production and adrenaline as physiological support—perpetuating the racing heart, high blood pressure, and rapid breathing—to feed feelings of anxiety in an unabating cycle of stress. And, when you live in a constant state of stress, it’s been shown to manifest physically as inflammation.
Yoga is widely recognized as a stress-relieving practice. Various studies have shown that practicing yoga reduces feelings of anxiety as well as stifles the body’s physiological responses to stress—including, reducing inflammation.
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