A study which was conducted in 2019 said that mental disorder cases doubled in less than three decades. A study in 2017 showed that one in every 7 Indians faces a mental disorder of varying severity, among which depression and anxiety are the most common.

Part of life?

Some forms of stress and anxiety have become a regular part of our fast-paced, chaotic lives. At some level, anxiety is okay as it makes you aware of the danger, helps you take calculated risks, and be prepared. But if stress and anxiety overtake your life, and you have constant issues with stress, worries and anxiety, then it’s time to act.

Small life changes, along with natural remedies, can help you deal with stress and anxiety. Start with these following measures:

  • Exercise – It is a no-brainer! Exercise should be like a life mantra that you need to follow. Exercise, exercise, and exercise – daily! One mantra for all diseases and problems.
  • Meditation and yoga – Meditation gives a sense of calm and mindfulness. Meditation with yoga gives terrific results. The above two should be a part of everyone’s life – stress or no stress!
  • Time Management – As I have mentioned in my previous blog (“Stress, worried, anxious Why?”), twenty-four hours are less when finishing the ‘to-do list. The pressure to finish everything is always looming, and if we procrastinate, the ‘to-do list’ just gets longer, making us stressed and anxious. Set realistic deadlines and learn to prioritize.
  • Laughter is the best medicine – It is hard to be angry or stressed or anxious about something when you are laughing. The laughter club has been a big hit over time – as it releases tension and stress and helps relax your muscles. Try finding humor in your everyday life. One life – live to the fullest!
  • Chamomile Tea – Chamomile compounds help ease anxiety symptoms. Making chamomile tea a part of your daily routine can have a smoothening effect on your life.
  • Aromatherapy – Aroma oils are plant-based oils. Smelling soothing aroma oils help in easing anxiety and stress. For example, Lavender oil is known for helping individuals who have insomnia. Put a few drops of aroma oil on your pillow or aromatic candles in your room and sense the calming effects of it.
  • Eating healthy – Along with eating right, several natural supplements help you to fight stress and anxiety. Some of them are Omega 3fatty acids, L-lysine and Ashwagandha.
  • Caffeine – Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolates, and energy drinks (like a Red Bull). Every individual has their threshold of caffeine. But high intake of caffeine can increase anxiety. Consumption in moderation is acceptable, but as a rule, anything in extremes is terrible.
  • Gratitude Journal – This is an approved and much-adopted approach to change negative attitude into positive. In the same way, once you start jotting down everything you are grateful for, you will find relief from stress and anxiety once you realise not everything is grim.
  • Breathwork – This is a scientific approach towards healing the self. Breath is the prime force of energy flow in our body, also called ‘prana’. Happiness lies within us and not outside in the external world. We are already whole and complete. We just need to explore the same with self awareness through the powerful techniques of breathing the right way.

All these changes might seem small, but clubbed together and implemented all at once, can lead to fantastic results and will allow you to lead a happy and stress-free life