Anxiety is a normal emotion. We all feel anxious sometimes, but when a person feels disproportionate levels of anxiety, it might be a sign of a mental health issue like generalized anxiety disorder.
Here at Shirley Court Gonzalez LCSW BCD, we provide psychotherapy in West Orange, New Jersey, and here are a few things we think might help you calm anxiety at home:
- Avoid Caffeine
Studies show that caffeine can cause problems for those with anxiety because it can stimulate a person’s fight or flight response. If you must have some caffeine, keep the dose low. Experts recommend a range of 50 to 200 milligrams.
- Avoid Alcohol
While the short-term effects of alcohol may help ease feelings of anxiety, in the long term, it can make symptoms of anxiety worse by changing the levels of serotonin and other hormones in the brain.
- Try Aromatherapy
Although not a substitute for professional health, like seeing a therapist, aromatherapy might help you relax at home and ease your anxiety. Fragrances like lavender, lemon, and sage are known for their calming properties.
- Take a Walk
A buildup of adrenaline or energy can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety. Exercising or taking a simple walk to use up excess energy can help lower stress hormones and help you stay grounded and relaxed.
These are just a few things you could try that might help you address issues associated with anxiety. If you are looking for professional help, feel free to call us at 877-755-4401. We provide mental health service in New Jersey.