You’re always tired, but not sleepy. You find yourself breaking down for no apparent reason while getting ready in the morning. Simple tasks like grocery shopping can suddenly become overwhelming. If you are a person who suffers from anxiety, insomnia or depression, chances are that one of those statements, or maybe all three, resonate with you. Living and dealing with any of these conditions is not something everyone can understand, as they take a drastic toll on your love, work and social life. Not being able to calm yourself down, get yourself to fall asleep or force yourself to face the day ahead of you are draining and damaging. You aren’t alone. In fact, 40 million adults age 18 and over in the U.S. alone have an anxiety disorder. Globally,
15 Tactics to Cope With Anxiety, Insomnia, or Depression:
Cranial sacral therapyCranial sacral therapy is a form of bodywork therapy that focuses on bones in the head, spine and sacrum. It works to release compression in those areas to help decrease stress and pain. This is said to help with mental disorders because it works to alleviate the tension that is stored up in a person’s body when they are traumatized, injured or anxious. Chakra therapyThis form of therapy is a mode of energy therapy and healing. People believe that at the core of a person’s body are seven wheel-like energy centers that spin, called Chakras. These seven centers can receive, assimilate and transmit energy. Chakras have the ability to receive, assimilate and transmit energy. When one chakra is out of balance, it can affect a person’s emotional, mental and physical health. Chakra therapy works to keep them spinning correctly.
“The chakras spin in a clockwise direction and are shaped like a spinning fan. Every chakra spins at its own frequency, ensuring that the life force is being drawn into the body to keep it balanced.” – from Getting Past Anxiety, by Melissa A. Woods
NLPNeuro-Linguistic Programming is a method of influencing brain behavior (the neuroscience part of the phase) through use of language (the linguistic part) and other types of communication, to enable a person to recode the way the brain responds to stimuli and manifest new and better behaviors. NLP is often incorporated with hypnosis to help achieve the change.Hypnosis While more unconventional, many are starting to see the benefits of hypnosis when treating mental illnesses. Hypnosis can target the root beliefs underlying anxiety and works to heal the issue. Hypnotherapy uses suggestion and imagery to create positive changes in the unconscious processes of the person. Or, in short, it helps to rewire the brain for the better. ExerciseThere are studies that have found that exercise can be as effective at treating mental disorders as medication. Exercise reduces fatigue and improves alertness and mood. Why? One reason is that exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals, endorphins, reduces immune system chemicals that make mental disorders worse, and increases the body temperature. Exercise also can give people more confidence and allow them to have an emotional outlet.Watch what you eatSome research has shown that foods rich with omega-3 fatty acids and folic acids can help ease depression.Try tea instead of coffeeIf you’re a caffeine addict, this solution won’t be your favorite. But did you know that caffeine actually enhances anxiety? It is a psychoactive drug can alter your mood. A lot of caffeine can trigger a body’s fight or flight response, even if there is no actual danger, further leading to anxiety. And of course, caffeine will only further prevent you from sleeping, so avoiding it will help with insomnia as well. So, try switching to something less intense, like a green tea. LavenderThrough research, experts have found that the scent of lavender can be calming and even helpful for falling asleep. Spray lavender oil on your pillow before bedtime or in the air when you feel anxious to help your mind and body relax. Meditation/Breathing ExercisesDeep, slow breathing techniques and exercises can help calm a person and lower their stress levels. The American Institute of Stress says “Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.” So, start breathing!Choose a routine time to go to bedGoing to bed at the same time nightly will help train your body to know when it is meant to fall asleep. So, even if you’re exhausted, try to wait until your normal bedtime to catch some Z’s. And, in the same breath, if you’re not feeling sleepy, prevent yourself from staying up and watching that last episode. Calm music before bed