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12 ways to help manage stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety are becoming more and more common, affecting people’s mental health on a daily basis. It is always important you speak to your GP or therapist for professional medical treatment to help with overwhelming stress and anxiety.

As Mental Health Awareness week is just around the corner (13th-19th May) and I am a huge advocate for self-improvement I wanted to put together a list of 12 ways to help you manage stress and anxiety.

Everybody deserves to live their best life. Full of love, happiness, positivity and abundance.

1. Mindfulness

You can have 1 to 1 therapy with a Mindfulness therapist or attend a Mindfulness workshop. Alternatively, there are many fantastic reading materials and YouTube videos to help you understand Mindfulness and how to adapt a positive mindset through Mindfulness. Although this may not work for everyone and is not a quick fix the long-term results can be life changing.

Mindset shifts that will change your life

2. Write a journal

Keeping a journal about your feelings and thoughts can help manage your stress and anxiety. Fill your journal with self affirmations, gratitude lists and tips for positive thinking.

20 Self affirmations to live by

3. Remove caffeine

Caffeine stimulates the nervous system which can increase anxiety and panic attacks. Try replacing your coffee with a non caffeine alternative.

4. Have an action plan

If you suffer from anxiety attacks or a lot of daily stress having an ‘action plan‘ to hand can help you overcome these attacks/stress when it strikes.
Your action plan should be unique to you as different things work for different people, it may be a bit of trial and error to begin with.

Things to add to your action plan are:

How to ground yourself– You can do this by counting something around you such as tiles on a wall, touching your surroundings, looking outside and counting the clouds.

Breathing awareness– Take 10 deep and slow breaths in and out. Focus on your breathing and count whilst you are breathing in and then out. It possible close your eyes and try to relax where there is tension in your body.

Have an item at hand to reasure you– this could be crystals, music to listen to, your phone with someone to contact or rescue remedy from a health food shop.

These are just a few examples of what i would advise and what would work for me.

5. Aromatherapy

Essential oils that are proven to help with stress and anxiety are:

Chamomile oil
Lavender oil
Rose oil
Jasmine oil
Frankincense oil
Eucalyptus oil

You can use them by putting them on your skin, smelling them, diffusing them, putting them in your bath or burn them.

6. Yoga groups

Yoga group classes are a wonderful way to meet new like-minded people whilst exercising. Yoga is a relaxation exercise that may help reduce stress as it connects your mind and body.

7. Remove alcohol

If you are facing stress on a daily basis it is quite easy to reach for an alcoholic drink to ‘unwind’ however alcohol is a sedative and a depressant that affects your central nervous system. Having a high or regular alcohol intake can make stress and anxiety a lot harder to deal with.

8. Rest

The opposite to being well rested is exhaustion and exhaustion can cause anxiety. That is one of the many reason why ensuring your are mentally and physically well rested and recovered is vital.

9. Exercise

Exercising helps reduce anxiety and stress. It produces endorphins which help make you feel happy!

10. Meditation

Meditation helps you connect your mind, body and soul. It can help you learn to control your thoughts, connect with your body and enter into a deep relaxing state. I would recommend practising meditation and mindfulness.

11. CBD oil

CBD oil has become increasingly popular and is now commonly being used to help treat anxiety and stress.

12. Herbal teas

Herbal teas are a great alternative for caffeine drinks and enjoying a warm cup of herbal tea in peace is a lovely daily self-care.
Herbal teas that help with stress and anxiety are:

Chamomile tea (my favourite)
Peppermint tea
Lavender tea
Caffeine free green tea
Fennel tea
Tumeric tea

I hope some of these tips benefit you! I would love to hear your thoughts.

Sending love and light,

Alyssa x

 

(47) Comments

  1. As always, another wonderful post that has some really cool tips in. I love the idea of using aromatherapy if you’re feeling stressed or anxious, I can see that really helping me when works gets stressful! Thanks for sharing xx

    1. Alyssa says:

      I love a Lavender oil bath! You can pick up essential oils really cheap online too.
      Thank you for your support!x

  2. Another brilliant post Alyssa, with useful and easy ways that people can use to manage stress and anxiety. This will no doubt help someone who might be experiencing stress or anxiety.
    Thank you x

    1. Alyssa says:

      I hope so! Thank you for reading and responding.

  3. Nice post, Alyssa!
    These are great strategies for people to cope with anxiety and panic attacks. I noticed that many of the items on your list help distract the mind, or at least direct the mind in a new course away from the thoughts that produce their anxiety. I personally found those types of techniques very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    Roger

    1. Alyssa says:

      Yes they do. I think learning to control our thoughts and distract your mind is very important. Bring yourself back to relaity abf the present as so much anxiety is usuallu based around the future or past.
      Thank you Roger!

  4. These are great tips. I’m actually thought about trying CBD oil for anxiety and stress. How would I go about doing that or where would I find it?

    1. Alyssa says:

      You can buy it offline or whole food shops such as Holland and Barret. I believe you use it by 1 or 2 drops under your tongue daily! I have heard great things about it. Hope that helped.

  5. Thanks for sharing this! Can’t wait to start ❤️

  6. Great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and respond!

  7. This is a gorgeous post – and full of such useful advice. It’s great having a list of things like the aromatherapy because I never know which ones are good for which.

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you so much. I love essential oils. A Lavender bath is my favourite.

  8. Great post Alyssa. I use some of these tips when I feel stressed myself and they really help.

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and respond! X

  9. Really easy tips to follow. Can I ask what is CBD oil? I’ve not heard of it before.

    1. Alyssa says:

      It is cannabis oil which you can get without THC so there is no high. It is legal and available from many wholefood shops such as holland and barret or online. Comes in many different strengths. Thank you for commenting.

  10. Brilliant post. Some fantastic ideas that can be easily implemented x

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you so much!

  11. Great topic and solutions, This is a subject that needs a lot of attention for sure. I have great success with cbd and meditation. I want to start journaling, need to start journaling! Thanks for the tips

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you so much!

  12. Great suggestions! I have tried most of these, with the exception of CBD oil. I wonder if it would be helpful to me.

    1. Alyssa says:

      I personally haven’t tried it yet however I know many people who have and it has really worked for.

  13. Thanks for these tips. Golf and scented candles work for me most of the time but I am definitely going to try your tips as well.
    Veronika
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    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and respond.

  14. Wonderful post! I love all of these tips so much 🙂 For someone who suffers from chronic stress and anxiety, I can tell you meditation helps me so much.

    I love your blog and everything you stand for. Keep doing what you do!

    – Nyxie

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  15. Wonderful tips, thank you! My favourite methods for relieving anxiety are herbal teas, deep breathing, exercise, mindfulness and CBD oil. I am curious about aromatherapy so I may look into that!

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you. I love a Lavender oil bath.

  16. Wonderful tips, thank you! My favourite methods for relieving anxiety are herbal teas, deep breathing, exercise, mindfulness and CBD oil. I am curious about aromatherapy so I may look into that!

  17. I love this post so much. Literally, every suggestion on this list is awesome. Have you personally tried CBD oil? I’m so curious about that!

    1. Alyssa says:

      No I haven’t! However I know alot of people who have and it has really worked for. I would like to try it, it can help with so much.

  18. Such an informative and helpful post! I knew of some stress relievers but I didn’t realize caffeine could actually increase anxiety. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and respond!

  19. I love your action plan idea! I guess it’s similar to an emergency mental health plan in a way, but less intensive (I learnt about these recently in some mental health first aid training). I think I might write one of these down! Maybe I’ll add a breathing GIF and some accessible yoga poses and other things…

  20. Arun Dahiya says:

    Love your post. I learnt mindfulness recently during DBT therapy and it’s a big help. Also my journal is the go to thing when I am stressed. I love my lavender and rose oil. Their smell is so nice .

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  22. Great tips! Getting rid of the caffeine is probably going to be the hardest one for me. I have recently started using a stress blend essential oil on a lava bead bracelet. It’s helped quite a bit. I still have random anxiety/panic attacks but every little bit helps. Thanks for sharing this <3

    1. Alyssa says:

      I am glad it has helped! I hope gradually your panic attacks continue to decrease. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond.

  23. What a great post! As someone who has struggled with anxiety since teenage years, I can say many of these tips do work. In my case it was a mix of applying many of them at the same time that made a marked difference in my day to day life. Thanks for posting it.

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    1. Alyssa says:

      I am really happy to hear these tips have helped you. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond.

  24. Such a great post! I find herbal and fruit teas help me to manage my stress. I’ve also started to write down my feelings in a journal alongside positive affirmations and mantras xxx

  25. This was great advice Alyssa and definitely something I really need! I am thinking about printing this out and placing it at my desk and around my house! It is horrible to admit, but I am a stress case most of the time!

    1. Alyssa says:

      Thank you so much! I hope it helps.

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  27. Hi Alyssa!
    I think this is a very important topic as our world is so fast-paced leaving many of us feeling stressed out and having anxiety. These are great tips and very practical things we can do everyday. Thank you so much for sharing!
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  29. I sometimes just randomly count my fingers when I’m stressed no idea why. These are some good tips.

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