Anxiety. It’s the worst. I suffer from social anxiety with interspersed panic attacks in large malls. That’s why I’m a writer. I get to work in small groups in creative spaces and no one minds if I work on the couch to get away from everyone. Because I suffer from anxiety, I was on prescribed medication for a long time, but the meds never agreed with me. They made me sleepy, or nauseous, or just generally unhappy. I don’t know what it is.
So instead, I now try to manage my anxiety daily, starting when I wake up and right through ‘till I go to sleep. It’s not that complicated to do and so easy once you get a rhythm going. I even found a recipe or two that help with my panic attacks, which I’ll share with you at the bottom of the page.
- Dry mouth
- Sweaty palms
- Rapid pulse or heart palpitations
- Tightness in the chest
- Weakness in your legs, arms, or hands
Oatmeal for breakfast. Oatmeal contains thiamine and pantothenic acid, bot of which serve to calm the nerves.
Lavender Sachets. Under your pillow at night. Mix it with some dried chamomile. If you suffer from night time anxiety (you have night time anxiety if you run over humiliating things that have happened in the past, you worry about money, or generally can’t get your brain to shut up long enough to fall asleep) this will help you fall asleep faster. I also imagine myself falling asleep, particularly when sleeping alone, with someone/something I love, it helps settle me down.
Yoga in the morning! Even if it’s just five or ten minutes of stretching. Perform a few sun salutations, child’s pose, and downward dog. You won’t even need a yoga mat and it helps prepare for the day ahead. You can also do a few simple stretches before going to bed (or even in bed) to help relax your body before sleep.
Vitamin B get enough Vitamin B in your day. Even if it’s just in supplement form.
Avoiding caffeine. This is a hard one. I switched over to green tea to lower my anxiety throughout the day. I also find green tea relaxing to sip on throughout the day.
Recipes For Intense Anxiety:
So you’re putting all those other suggestions to good use, but you’re still missing something because you’ve got a presentation coming up or you have to meet new people (hey, it happens!). Here are some recipes for soothing yourself in tense moments.
Ease oil is a combination of drops of lavender, geranium, and bergamot oil in a carrier oil (sweet almond, jojoba oil, avocado or grapeseed oil) that I carry around in a bottle so that I have instant relaxing smells with me. You apply it to your pulse points in order smell it and ease any incoming panic. Or you can use it like smelling salts and breathe it in from the bottle. It’s also a wonderful scent that can be used as a perfume for daily wear (without any of the artificial fragrance headaches). You can also put two drops each of the essential oil in your bathwater at night.
Rescue Remedy (Emergency Essence)
So you can buy this in a store, or make it yourself at home. You can make it a body cream or a solid perfume or liquid form. It’s a combination of five flower essence oils (Note: not essential oils, essence oils): cherry plum, rockrose (also spelled rock rose), impatiens, clematis, and star of Bethlehem.
Flower Essences are essentially concentrated teas that are cooled. You can make them yourself by getting your hands on all five flowers and boiling them until the mixture is darkish (simmer for an hour or two, strain, keep the liquid).
You can leave it in the liquid form and administer it under the tongue, or make it into a solid. I have both but find 4-5 drops under the tongue in liquid form is the most effective.
A solid made with these means putting the concentration into shea butter and whipping the mixture until fluffy (for body cream).
Or diluting it into a 4 parts beeswax to one cup of shea butter (coca butter, mango butter, or coconut oil) and letting it cool in a container (a reused mint container is great for this) apply it on your wrists throughout the day.