Anxiety is the most common of disorders in the United States, affecting 40 million adults. This disorder is treatable but not curable. It stems from genetics and past life events combined. There are many other various anxiety disorders, and often times they come hand-in-hand with depression.
Again, although anxiety disorders are highly treatable with professional care, there are things you can do for your lifestyle at home to help with it as well. Below are my top favorite things to help with anxiety/depression combined. Let me know if any of these help or if you have any ideas/tips!
- Light Therapy – My doctor prescribed me “light therapy’ which is basically a special light that helps with seasonal depression, or as I like to call it, “the winter blues”. As much as we love season changes and the pretty snow up north-east, it can get very chilly and overcast, which can subconsciously change our mood for the worst. You can find these lights on Amazon.com for around $50-$100. They have timed intervals, and I use it every single morning while I’m getting ready to take on the day. I will link my actual light below.
- Exercise – I can’t even stress to you how good exercising is for you. It has so many benefits especially for your mental health. It releases endorphins that naturally make you happier. It also increases your energy, helps keep your body toned, which those things will naturally boost your mood, I promise! Try some cardio for at least 30 minutes, 3-5 times per week. I like to do some other various exercises to tone like lifting weights etc.
- Crafting – I’ve always been very creative, so naturally making things/crafting makes me happy. I enjoy doing flower arrangements and expressing myself through interior designing. It can be anything that requires your mind to be creative. Try adult coloring books, those can be very relaxing.
- Drink Tea – I am the biggest tea fan ever! My favorite would be green tea or chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is excellent for helping with anxiety/depression. It’s proven to calm stress. Try it in the evening before bedtime. I always put some agave nectar in mine to sweeten it.
- Read a book – There are so many self-help books out there that can truly make a change in your life. I have read a few books that changed mine, like the Secret and the Magic. Practicing gratitude in your everyday life will change you for the better. So curl up in a comfy chair/sofa with your favorite blanket and start checking out some of the amazing books available out there.