No need to go through life fretting and sweating. There are easy tricks to calm down quick!
You will need
- A video game
- The scent of lavender or vanilla
- And some herbal tea
- Brazil nuts
Step 1 Play a video game Play a video game. Researchers have found that a Game Boy eased anxiety in young patients awaiting surgery better than a prescription tranquilizer. Goal-oriented play boosts dopamine in the brain, a chemical linked to positive feelings.
Munch on Brazil nuts. They’re nature’s top source of selenium, a mineral that soothes the central nervous system during high-stress times.
Step 2 Relinquish control Know your ‘no-control zone.’ Most things we’re anxious about are completely out of our control, so it’s useless to worry about them.
Look at something blue. Psychological studies show this color is so calming, it instantly soothes overstressed adrenal glands and slows down anxious brain waves!
Step 3 Get perspective Think of the absolute worst-case, catastrophically bad scenario. This helps put things in better perspective.
Doodle, especially circles and figure eights: they switch your brain from analytic to creative and help you calm down.
Step 4 Take vitamin B Take a B-complex vitamin. These are the ones that are depleted first when you’re anxious or stressed.
Step 5 Eat fish Eat more fish. Foods like tuna and salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which quash anxiety.
Step 6 Avoid low-fat dieting Have the full-fat ice cream! British researchers found that people on low-fat diets are more depressed and anxious, and fat boosts levels of serotonin.
Step 7 Talk it out Call a friend. Talking things out is proven to ease anxiety by triggering the release of oxytocin — a chemical which makes us feel safe and secure.
Step 8 Use aromatherapy Take a whiff of lavender or vanilla. Studies show these scents reduce anxiety more than prescription anti-anxiety drugs!
Step 9 Repeat a mantra Give yourself a mantra to repeat when you’re anxious; this will alter your brain waves so you’ll feel in control.
Step 10 Try herbal remedies Try an herbal remedy: lemongrass, chamomile, and dandelion all calm the central nervous system.
Step 11 See a doctor If nothing helps, see a doctor. Over 21 million Americans have some form of anxiety disorder, including Drew Barrymore and David Beckham.
Did You Know:
Simply switching your screen saver or desktop wallpaper to a calming image, like a waterfall, can ease your anxiety in an instant!