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10 Natural Ways To Focus On Reducing Anxiety

I thought this was a fitting post continuing from the previous post about stress.  Here are 10 natural ways to focus on reducing anxiety written by adult psychiatrist, Sheenie Ambardar for the Huffington Post.  I’ve excerpted four of my favourite points although just about every one of them is brilliant.  Doctors are often a little too quick to prescribe medication, but like many conditions, there are natural ways to address the route cause rather than treat the symptoms.

10 Natural Ways To Focus On Reducing Anxiety

Set goals to focus1. Limit Your Time on Facebook
A recent cover article in The Atlantic magazine asked, “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” and confirms what I have been seeing in my own practice over the last several years. When Facebook is used as a casual tool to keep in touch with friends or stay in the social loop, it can be a useful distraction. However, when Facebook is used to keep constant tabs on others or to promote a certain self-image, it can lead to an unconscious need to compare ourselves to everyone in our social network. This frequently leads to jealousy, insecurity, misplaced feelings of superiority or alternatively, feelings of inadequacy. Limiting time on ubiquitous social media sites like Facebook may be hard at first, but it may be one of the best things you do for your mental health.

2. Stop Living Someone Else’s Life 
Often, depression occurs when we wake up one day and realize we aren’t living our own dreams but are instead trying to please our parents, our spouse, our children, or our friends. Your life is yours; you are the sole creator or destroyer, no one else. If you need to set boundaries or disengage with certain negative influences in your life, so be it. Developing the courage to follow our own personal lodestar has a way of lifting our spirits and reducing feelings of being trapped and “stuck,” two of the leading causes of depression and anxiety.

3. Write It Out 
Keeping a private diary or a written record of your thoughts can be one of the most effective ways of dealing with mood disorders. The mere act of writing down our thoughts and feelings can serve as a profound catharsis, and is especially helpful if we are uncomfortable expressing ourselves verbally. Often we simply feel better and less stressed after systematically sorting through our emotions on the written page. In fact, there is an entire field of psychotherapy called Journal Therapy, developed by Dr. Ira Progoff, which specializes in helping patients write their way to better mental health.

7. Pick a Goal, Any Goal
It doesn’t really matter if you have a small goal or a big goal or a medium-sized goal, but whatever it is, try to work towards it, day by day, little by little. A life spent wandering aimlessly and without purpose creates a sense of unease and frustration, contributing significantly to feelings of depression and anxiety. Even a goal as simple as “I want to lose four pounds in two months” is a great way to bust out of the blues. If you dedicate yourself to something that has personal significance to you, your life will have more direction and focus. Pick achievable goals that are easy to bite off and chew, and watch your mood lift over time.

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Of these 10 natural ways to focus on reducing anxiety, the first point about Facebook was an interesting one. I’d never considered it like that, although sometimes when I see (what looks like) the majority of my friends pushing out babies, I say to myself, I need to hurry up. That’s a slight lie, I just tell everyone to stop having babies and get on with my work.  The last point about setting goals is a great one too.  Goal setting is a sub category on this site as one of the great ways to focus. Without goals in place, we’re coasting, directionless, and hoping for the best that something great will happen.  One important part she missed was regular exercise – which in accordance with numerous high quality articles from reputable sources on this site, is a key ingredient for your brain and other vital organs function properly.  To conclude, I just loved the point from no.2:

Your life is yours; you are the sole creator or destroyer, no one else.