How can I control my anxiety?
Updated: Nov 22, 2021
We know that anxiety is the feeling of stress, panic or fear that can affect your everyday lives both physically and mentally. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, maybe when sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview. Some of this is perfectly normal as the adrenaline rush you get can enhance performance; however, when it interferes with your sleep, stops you going out or induces chest pains, this definitely isn't good for you long term.
So, I'm officially declaring war on it. Enough is enough.
Doctors may prescribe anti-depressants to combat anxiety, but these are also definitely not good for you long-term. Cutting out alcohol and caffeine may help, as will giving up smoking. But what happens if you don't drink or smoke and you're still anxious? What then? Outdoor exercise is another option, not much fun in winter though when the weather is awful or if you live in a built-up area with few green spaces.
As a clinical aromatherapist, the one thing I am always amazed at is that massage or the use of essential oils or complementary healing is never mentioned as a support for anxiety on any NHS website. Parkinson's? Yes, you'll find massage is recommended for that but not anxiety. And I have no idea why because massage is one the very best, chemical- and drug-free ways of reducing anxiety. If you add in essential oils, Lavender and Mandarin are excellent for this, you get the very best combination, as aromatherapy blends can be used at home too and are not dependent on you making appointments weeks in advance or having to hang on the phone for hours trying to get one.
Let's face it it's been a hard 18 months. Multiple lockdowns and worry about the pandemic have made us all re-evaluate our priorities. Key working, exhausted NHS workers, furlough, family and friends hospitalised or worse, businesses shut, working from home with schools closed and children home, and crucially for a social society, definitely missing the human touch, unable to be with loved ones, parents, children, grandchildren, and friends. What a place to have found ourselves in*. No wonder our anxiety levels are off the chart.
So anxiety, I'm coming for you. I'm on a mission. A cat relaxes and purrs when it's touched, so let's all be more cat and kick anxiety into touch once and for all!
* If you are suffering from anxiety and can't get for a massage, or would like some support "on-the-go" check out our Relax Rollerball https://www.aromaoilslimited.co.uk/product-page/relax