Dealing with anxiety day in and day out is tough and also mentally and physically debilitating. However, a few unique but very effective anxiety remedies can help you deal with this better.
You never know what you don’t know…
Just a few months ago, I thought I knew pretty much everything there is to know about anxiety. And I guess I did know a lot. I knew enough to overcome debilitating anxiety in my own life. I knew enough that I felt compelled to share my experiences in a book so that I could let my fellow anxiety warriors in on what works and what doesn’t.
But while I knew what worked, I didn’t always know why. And in the process of doing background research for my book and digging into the why, I was excited to stumble on some new gems. I discovered some lesser-known anxiety remedies that I had not read about in any of the countless “100 Ways To Squash Your Anxiety” articles I had pinned on Pinterest in the past.
And you know what else you never know? You never know if you could be feeling EVEN better. I mean I was already feeling pretty good when I experimented with these new anxiety remedies. I wasn’t drowning in anxiety every second of every day anymore. I wasn’t in the throes of constant physical unease and never-ending worry loops.
I was feeling good enough. So much better than before that I didn’t dare ask for more. But as I’ve started adding these additional anxiety remedies into my routine, I’ve noticed an even deeper sense of calm. A layer of icing on the cake so to speak.
I thought about just saving all this new information for my book, but call me impatient. While everything is explained in more detail in the book along with a gazillion additional ways to conquer your anxiety and the exact steps to implementing it all, I want to give you a little precursor.
(Pssst, I like to share my personal experiences managing anxiety with the hope that some of my discoveries might resonate with others. Making lifestyle changes has greatly contributed to my own well-being, and as a life coach, I help people make impactful changes in their own lives. But I’m not a mental health professional and I’m not qualified to diagnose or treat mental health conditions. If you have questions about the appropriate intervention for you, please consult a qualified professional.)
7 Anxiety Remedies You Never Heard About
1. Tape your mouth shut at night.
Say, whaaat? I know, I know… Just reading the words makes you feel like you are suffocating.
Let me explain. I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of breathing through your nose rather than breathing through your mouth. Nose breathing signals to your brain that everything is a-okay, while mouth breathing is like an emergency alarm.
Nose breathing → rest and digest.
Mouth breathing → fight or flight.
I discovered that some people actually tape their mouths shut at night in order to train themselves to breathe only through their noses. Initially, I said no way, Jose. That is C-R-A-Z-Y and I’m not doing it.
But after a couple of weeks of really focusing on breathing only through my nose during the DAY and noticing how that was helping me maintain generalized calm (as opposed to generalized anxiety ), I decided I wanted more. So I broke down and ordered some tape specifically for this purpose.
Before I put it on at night, I wore it for short periods during the day to get used to it. And once I mustered up the courage to try it, it’s been working great!
2. Set your alarm at 6 am on Saturdays and Sundays.
Does it seem like this list just keeps getting weirder? This is another recommendation that sounds batshit, but actually works. Just trust me.
Poor sleep exacerbates anxiety. Scientists say so. The single most important thing you can do to fix your sleep is to wake up at the same time every day. Sleep experts say so.
When you keep changing the time you wake up, it’s the equivalent of putting your body through jet lag every weekend.