OUR ANXIETY TOOLKIT
If you haven’t experienced some kind of anxiety this year, we want to know your secret. Anxiety pops up due to numerous different reasons, resulting in feelings of panic and worry. It can leave you feeling scattered or unfocused, emotional or issues sleeping. It can manifest physically or influence the way you interact socially.
Whilst everybody has different coping mechanisms, we believe that the more you know the better. Every period of anxiety or fluctuations in mental health can be slightly different from the next, which is why we believe in having multiple tools ready in your anxiety toolkit.
Adaptogens, simply put, help the body adapt to stress and provide you with what you need. If your anxious thoughts keep you up at night, Grown’s evening tonic is incredibly calming, whereas their neural tonic is a great staple on scattered workdays. Of course, adaptogens are just supplements, and we highly recommend putting in the hard work (more on this later), but they can be a great helping hand if need be.
GROUNDING + SHINRIN-YOKU
Getting outside and taking in the natural surroundings is one of the most instantly soothing rituals you can incorporate into your day. Whilst grounding and shinrin-yoku may sound as though they require a little extra effort, the principles are the same. Get outside, amongst nature and just breath. Leave your phone at home, take in the colours, sounds and textures. Bonus points for taking your shoes off.
TRIP CBD OIL + PASO GUMMIES
We have to tread carefully around the topic of CBD and making any health claims. Everyone is different and what works for someone else, might not work for you, so we highly recommend doing your own research and reading the relevant studies.
We opt for a pipet of Trip CBD oil to support our inner calm. It’s the best tasting CBD oil we’ve tried and give it bonus points for its MCT oil base whilst also being infused with soothing chamomile. For the more prolonged periods of worry and stress, Paso’s CBD gummies have a slower release and can be supplemented more as a wellness staple.
Meditation isn’t for everyone. Whilst yes, there are arguments that suggest if you struggle with meditation, you need it the most, but we respect that every body and every mind is different. Breathwork is super simple and can be done anytime, anywhere. The Wim Hof method really allows you to focus on the breath in a circular motion, stimulating the vagus nerve and creating a ripple effect of calm throughout the body. It could be a great tool to help you focus, sleep or to calm chaotic thoughts.
TALK IT OUT
Talking through those worries or anxious thoughts should arguably be the most used tool in your anxiety toolkit. We love to push thoughts and feelings to that back of our minds when they become too much, yet we forget that they are still there and can manifest into physical symptoms or get worse.
Whether you schedule time in every week or so to speak with a professional who is well equip to help you process, or you seek help through virtual platforms, talking it out can do the world of good. If this doesn’t sound like you, phone a friend or family member.
READING, WRITING, PAINTING
Diving deep into the anxiety and worry is always at the top of our lists, and confronting the source of the distress is so important in order to work through it. However, there are occasions when you just want to be distracted. Hobbies that don’t include scrolling through your Instagram feed do just that and are incredibly calming. Think reading, writing, painting, knitting or colouring.
Pardon the cliché, but gratitude in many ways is similar to a muscle. It must be used everyday for it to grow and become strong. Of course, the odd gratitude list here and there can be helpful, but many claim that having a consistent gratitude practice helps with feelings of fear and worry. Keep a gratitude journal that you write in morning, night or both. In moments of stress, run through the lists in your head and keep sticky notes of the main points around the house.
SWITCHING UP YOUR STIMULANTS
We don’t need to tell you that coffee might not be the best option if you’re prone to anxiety. Yet we find that its often easier said than done when it comes to giving up the hard stuff. This is why we love mushroom coffee from Four Sigmatic, the coffee with benefits for those who just can’t go without it. The adaptogenic medicinal mushrooms may help to counteract the stimulating effects of coffee. Better yet, their Matcha with Maitake is a further step away from coffee, giving you the focus and productivity without the jitters.
It’s a bit of a cycle really; anxiety can influencer sleep and poor sleep can further amplify anxiety levels. Focus first on improving the quality of your wind-down routine by lighting a relaxing candle, having a bath with soothing salts and add a couple of drops of essential oil to your diffusor. Certain adaptogens can support sleep quality, such as reishi and ashwagandha as well as sleepy herbs valerian and chamomile.
Limits or better yet, avoid screens a few hours before bed, invest in blue blocking glasses and go to sleep with black out blinds. If anxiety keeps you up at night, consider playing an audiobook or music with a sleep timer set until you drift off.
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