Did you know that over 18% of Americans suffer from anxiety disorders? That's over 40 million people! The percentage increases to over 25% in teenagers. And the number of people affected rises to over 284 million worldwide. Keep reading to learn how to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.
Anxiety and stress can lead to a range of health issues and related mental illnesses. It is essential to address anxiety when it occurs, to prevent escalation, side effects, and long term impact. But while Western medicine is focused on clinical diagnosis and pharmaceutical intervention, there are many simple ways to avoid the dangers of anxiety and stress, and benefit from related positive health outcomes.
The Dangers of Anxiety and Stress
What are the dangers of suffering from chronic stress and anxiety? Let's find out!
- Chronic fatigue
- Panic attacks
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disorders
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Chronic diseases
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
5 Simple Tips To Avoid The Dangers Of Anxiety And Stress
The long term impact of anxiety can be severe, so it is essential to treat anxiety early and often to prevent and reduce the risk of serious side effects. Follow these 5 simple tips to avoid the dangers of anxiety and stress:
1) Take Some Time For Yourself. Modern life is so busy, and sometimes we just need to slow down and chill out. Taking some time for yourself to relax and disconnect from the world is important to manage chronic stress and anxiety. At the end of the day, relax and enjoy your favorite activities, like spending time with your loved ones, or enjoying a cup of Dr. Sebi's Stress Relief Herbal Tea.
2) Make Time For What Makes You Happy. Life doesn't have to be all work and no play! Set aside time for things you enjoy. Try to do something every day that makes you feel good, and it will help relieve your stress. It doesn't have to be a ton of time -- even 15 to 20 minutes will do.
3) Exercise. Working out regularly is one of the best ways to relax your body and mind. It doesn't have to be strenuous exercise, but taking a walk after meals or stretching before bed can tremendously improve your mood. Check this video to find out more benefits of stretching.
4) Eat Healthily. Stress can take a toll on your body's natural defenses, but eating the right foods can offer relief. It's normal to feel wrung out sometimes by the stress of daily life and, unfortunately, we tend to reach for junk food, but high-calorie or sugary foods only trick us into thinking we feel better. Eating healthy food-and making that a conscious choice-can actually offer some real stress relief. Follow Dr. Sebi's Nutritional Guide and hydrate properly to make sure you're providing your body with the best tools to manage anything that comes your way!
5) Deep Breathing. Breathing is such a normal bodily function that most people take it for granted. However, stress can make people fall into a harmful cycle of breathing and anxiety. Anxious people are generally taking short, shallow breaths at increasing frequency. While this is a symptom of anxiety, it is actually also a cause and further perpetuates the feeling of anxiousness. Anxiety leads to shallow breathing, which leads to more anxiety, which leads to shallower breathing, and so on. As you can imagine, everyone agrees that it is essential to build good breathing habits and here are some of the key health benefits of deep breathing that have been discovered:
- Lowers harmful effects of cortisol
- Lowers your heart rate
- Calming impact on the brain
- Regulates blood pressure
- Reduces lactic acid build-up
- Improves core muscle stability
- Increases the volume of oxygen received by the body
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves energy metabolism
- Allows improved healing capabilities
- Results in more organized electrical patterns in the brain
- Positively impacts memory
- Improves intense exercise capabilities
Whatever you choose to do, remember that managing chronic stress and anxiety is as important for good health as any other measure you take!