Natural Anxiety Relief – For The Realist

This is going to be unlike anything else you have ever read for natural anxiety relief, but hear me out. I am not discrediting any of the home remedies for anxiety relief and I truly believe that some of them do work. However, I think it is extremely important to look beyond the quick fixes and quick relief that someone may get from home remedies on their search for natural anxiety relief.

This involves making conscious efforts to change how you move through life.

“If you fight for your limitations you get to keep them.”

If you keep making excuses that you are “too tired” or “don’t feel like” doing this or that, you are fighting to keep your limitations and you will remain unfulfilled, unenergetic, and unhappy.

Please, PLEASE take this list and RUN WITH IT, make it your own! I have spent a very long time compiling ideas to figure out what works for me and allows me to feel free, and happy.

I hope these things bring you as much anxiety and stress relief as they do me!

CHOOSE-YOU

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1. Make a “Feel Good” playlist

I have been wanting to do this for months and finally did it the other day, the BEST decision ever. We all have those songs that come on and they immediately make us feel happy or make us want to sing along.

Start compiling a list of those songs as you hear them. Do it immediately when you hear the song, or you’ll forget. Start a list right now and then compile them all together over time into one amazingly beautiful and heartwarming playlist.

These are just a few must haves for your playlist to get you started. I have SO many amazing songs in my feel good playlist it was hard to pick just a few!

Good Day by Nappy Roots

Up by Thomas Rhett

Pray for You by Jaron Lowenstein

I also really enjoy some Hannah Montana, I’m not ashamed.

2. Drive around with the windows down and sing at the top of your lungs

I feel like everyone has this complex that it’s embarrassing to sing or dance in the car. I’m not implying that you should be performing a one man show behind the wheel, but what’s wrong with a little fun?

When have you ever looked over at the car next to you as they were singing and dancing and thought, “wow, how embarrassing”? I don’t know about you, but my thoughts are more like “wow, that person is having a GREAT time and in a GREAT mood!”.

3. Enjoy the seasons

Enjoy Fresh Air

I live in the midwest, so the seasons are definitely in full force each year. They may not always come as we expect them to, but they indeed come. When the season iscoming

to an end, particularly winter or summer, I start to have some sort of reminiscence of the previous year’s season. Specifically, the way it feels.

This really got me thinking about how the seasons just pass us by and we spend no time appreciating them. We go from “ugh, it’s hot” to “omg, it’s cold AF”. Of course, we stop to appreciate the “IT IS BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE” moments, but take a step back to the extremes.

Take time to appreciate the feeling of the sun on your skin on an extremely hot day.

Take time to appreciate how alive the ice-cold air makes you feel.

4. Open the windows in your house

Some may not be able to follow suit on this one due to allergies or the climate where they live, but if you can, you should. Some quick research will tell you that the air inside your home can be even more polluted than outside air.

Besides the scientific reasoning, it just makes me feel more alive in general to open the windows. Throw a fan up against a window to really get some airflow. I don’t have a screen door, so I bought a velcro screen to allow even more air to flow through my townhome.

5. Light a candleReading with a candle

This is so simple and you’re probably saying “duh”, but candles are so amazing they can’t be left off of this list. The ambiance that candles provide brings me so much peace and relief it’s unbelievable.

6. Read

Anything you want, read it! Pull that dusty book off the shelf you’ve been planning to read for 2 years. If you want something more fun to read, go pick up the latest magazine.

Being that everything is electronic these days, sometimes we forget about the old days when magazines were one of our lifelines. It’s refreshing to get back to the basics.

Podcasts and audiobooks are cool too, but reading definitely has a different effect on the mind.

7. Take a bathCandle Lit Bath With A Book

am an extreme bath enthusiast. When I go to buy a house I am uninterested in anything it has to offer besides the master bath.

Get some aromatherapy bath salts, light that candle we talked about, draw some extremely hot water and just relax. If this is out of the norm for you, just try it. Choose to take time for yourself and try it.

These are some of the BEST aromatherapy bath salts I have ever tried, particularly because of their long-lasting scent as I typically stay in the bath for at least 1 hour. My favorite part: they won’t break the bank. If you’re unsure of where to start in your new bath journey, give them a try!

8. Try new things in your area that don’t cost you a penny

This was something I spent a lot of time doing when I was younger, had like 2 dollars, and just needed a place to go with my boyfriend. However, getting out of the house and going to new places is great for anxiety relief.

Do some research online if you can’t think of anything off the top of your head. Just a few examples are parks, the zoo, hiking, or free yoga.

9. Spend time with your pet

I know I’ve said this before in a previous post, but if you have a pet this can’t be left off the list. Animals are so therapeutic and they are always there.

Take 15 minutes out of your busy day to focus on them. You love them, they love you, it’s a perfect match.

10. Adult coloring

If you’re like me, you already have multiple adult coloring books in your house. If you aren’t, then get one! I love going to the book store and picking out a brand new adult coloring book, but if that doesn’t sound appealing then just order one online.

Coloring is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve your focus, and improve your sleep! And it’s fun!

 

11. Throw away or donate the JUNK in your life

Anything you haven’t touched in over a year, get rid of it. It is so refreshing and stress relieving for me to remove things from my life that I no longer use or need.

This doesn’t just have to mean physical objects for those of you thinking of a certain someone 😉

If you’re feeling frisky, maybe you’ll want to organize your closet or that pesky Tupperware cabinet while you’re at it.

P.S. Don’t forget about junk drawers!

12. Find a hobby you enjoy

Just to name a few:

  1. KNITTING
  2. SCRAPBOOKING
  3. CANDLE MAKING
  4. PUZZLES
  5. WORD SEARCH
  6. BAKING
  7. JOURNALING
  8. TRY A NEW WORKOUT CLASS
  9. BIKE RIDING
  10. MAKEUP
  11. RUBIX CUBE
  12. HANDHELD GAMES

Think Outside the Box

These suggestions are probably unlike any others you have found while searching for Natural Anxiety Relief, but that’s what makes them so great! Nothing is more frustrating than searching for relief online and finding the same information over and over again. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments please feel free to reach out however is easiest for you!

Thanks for stopping by, cheers!

Kay

11 Comments

  • Anna

    It’s a beautiful and very interesting website.
    Today lots of people are suffering from anxiety and excessive amount of stress. It’s really important to share our knowledge and experience with others to help them leave anxiety-free life.

    • Kay

      You are so right to say that more and more people are suffering from anxiety. My personal opinion is the extreme uptick in electronics and social media is a huge contributing factor.

  • Tracy

    Fantastic post and I totally agree with all your suggestions when it comes to relieving anxiety. Something that I use instead of candles is essential oils. I will diffuse them throughout my home and it really does soothe and calm my anxieties. Lavender works best to reduce stress and anxiety for me. I will often diffuse essential oils in my office workspace to help reduce my stress.

    Your post is really well written, great job!

    • Kay

      I also use the essential oils! Mostly in my bedroom for anxiety and relaxation. Essentials oils at work is a GREAT idea I will definitely have to try! Thank you!

  • dan

    I loved this you give hope to the anxiety sufferer with some practical advise as you say for the realist. Certainly need to drive around with the windows down singing at the top of my lungs. I heard about the adult coloring and for those I know that have done this do say it is therapeutic. The advise I get is need a hobby. Enjoyed reading this and some great takeaways and reminders good practice stuff here.

    • Kay

      Adult coloring is my favorite and it really is SO therapeutic! As far as the hobbies, I just started going down the list and trying different things, some I really enjoyed and some I didn’t!

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Jesse Lee

    Great post!
    I like all of these ideas and have used most of them to feel better.
    The singing in the car one is one of the best if you need a stress reliever but I find that just singing a little here and there keeps me more upbeat.
    A feel good playlist is huge and I actually have a few different ones that I have created or found. I like to use a combination of upbeat music and mellower more acoustical music for focusing during work.
    I’m always on the lookout for new songs because the right ones can be such a great anxiety reliever.
    Thanks for the helpful list of ideas!

    • Kay

      I love hearing when other people are already doing the same things I’m doing!!

      I am also always on the lookout for new songs, I actually just added a few above that I just couldn’t live without!

  • Audrey

    I think my favorite are numbers 3, 4 and 5. I try to enjoy the 4 seasons we have with the sports that I practice : snowboard and hockey during winter and motocross during summer. Spring and fall are more seasons of transition so I just try to enjoy them as they are.

    I love to keep a window opened in my apartment, even during winter! Let’s say it’s not always opened but for a few minutes it brings ne fresh air and it feels good, I love it.

    My boyfriend used to light up a candle every evening and because of him I started doing it too because I love the ambience it brings. I also have candles that smell something and these really feel good.

    Thank you for sharing all these ideas, I might try some other 🙂

    Audrey

    • Kay

      That is so awesome that you have such cool hobbies to do throughout the year!! I am also someone who loves to open the windows even in the winter time!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing!

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