Anxiety: 6 Things That Work
Feeling anxious but don’t know what to do? We’ve shared some tips from our experts that have been proved to work – but we’re also here to help. A good starting point is a complimentary 1:1 consultation with our head of wellbeing Alex, who, over a cup of warming tea, can take you through the options and find a solution that’s right for you. Email us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to book or to find out more.
Meditation has been proved to help anxiety. The key is to find the practice that works best for you – whether it’s movement, like yoga, an app, mindful eating or a group session. Our reiki master Jasmin Harsono has created a one-minute meditation to start your day – discover more here.
“It’s our own self-judgment that often drives our insecurities,” says habit coach Dr Heather McKee. Join Heather for a workshop on how to juggle self-care alongside a busy lifestyle and how to form healthy habits that last. “Developing self-compassion will probably be the most important healthy habit you cultivate this year,” says Heather. Find out more here.
3. Limit Alcohol
In traditional Chinese medicine alcohol causes damp-heat, which can lead to tiredness. So our master of oriental medicine Phoebus Tian suggests limiting your intake. Rather than cutting out caffeine completely, Phoebus suggests having no more than 400mg per day (around four small cups of coffee).
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Carl Rodgers
Our habit coach Dr Heather McKee says research shows that people who tend to stick to their goals are those who learn from their mistakes rather than beating themselves up about what they’ve done wrong.
5. Marvellous Minerals
To help beat anxiety, our nutritional therapist Alice Mackintosh recommends making sure you have enough minerals and vitamins in your diet, especially magnesium and vitamin B6. These can be found in leafy vegetables, wholegrains, raw cacao powder, chickpeas, salmon and mushrooms – or take an Epsom salts bath as magnesium can be absorbed through the skin.
6. Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands put us into ‘fight or flight’ mode when we’re feeling anxious and produce the stress hormone cortisol. When we’re under stress, signals are sent to the amygdala, the part of the brain that is responsible for triggering feelings of fear and anxiety. Gentle exercise, breathing and meditation all help to reduce the production of cortisol. Alice also recommends sipping herbal teas (we love Aura’s range) and getting enough sleep.