So far, I’ve talked about the main anxiety management tools that helped me to get out of the vicious anxiety and panic attack circle and improve my mental health: letting go, meditation and breathing. Each one of them is complex and interconnected with the other. In other words, It wasn’t just me practising these exercises but rather changing my attitude and state of mind. I was consistent and determined to get better. Looking back at where I was year ago, I have observed a massive change. I still stress and worry about things but I can also take a step back, distinguish the essential from the unimportant and take things as they come. I truly attribute these changes to the steps that I took and am keen to learn even more.
Apart from the abovementioned, there are other measures one can take to deal with mental health issues. Usually, these are activities that help to take your mind of the problem, re-focus and calm down.
Here are a few that work for me:
I do not have to emphasize that physical exercise is one of the most effective techniques (and that comes from a well-known sports hater). I cannot possibly deny the importance of exercising. There are just too many benefits.
- Improves blood circulation throughout the body – including the brain tissue
- Regular exercise stimulates the productions of certain hormones, which are also likely to affect mood and cognitive abilities
- Production of endorphins, serotonin and norepinephrine
- Promotes better sleep which is essential for normal brain function
- Helps to reduce anxiety
Exercises that I do
- Cardio workout – something to increase my heartbeat and make me sweat. Usually cycling and running
Although, I’m not the biggest sport enthusiast I have experienced benefits of exercise first hand and that’s also my biggest motivator that keeps me moving. For example, a few times I went for yoga session with a headache and the pain disappeared with the exercise.
Btw, did you know that endorphins are bloody amazing and what’s even better they can also be produced through non-exercising activities.
“Endorphins, which are structurally similar to the drug morphine, are considered natural painkillers because they activate opioid receptors in the brain that help minimize discomfort […]. They can also help bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being. Endorphins are also involved in natural reward circuits related to activities such as feeding, drinking, sexual activity and maternal behaviour”
Well, I say that all the time; food, drink and sex is the cure for everything!
Listening to music or podcasts
I’m a real crime enthusiast so here are some of my favourites:
I have always loved reading. I’m planning to dedicate an individual post to my favourite books. So will leave this blank.
Relaxing and ASMR videos on Youtube
If you have never heard about ASMR then better read this: ASMR and ‘head orgasms’: what’s the science behind it? One of the most interesting internet phenomenon and way to connect with people spiritually while being thousands of miles away.
Again, planning to write a bit more about that in the future.
These are just a few of many ways how one can deal with anxiety and if combined with other methods, I’m positive they can yield great results.
I don’t think there is one single recipe for good mental health. We all need to find what works for us and what doesn’t. I do realise that some people suffer from serious depression or other conditions and need medication. I have only been talking about natural tools and I in no way advocate for the abolishment of medication. What I’ve been trying to convey in these blog posts is that there are other/additional paths one can take to get to a state of mental equilibrium and good general wellbeing.
What I can say confidently is that they worked for me and made me think in a completely different way about the depth of the human mind and our abilities to cope with any impediment.
Thanks for reading… as always. Check out some relaxing videos below.