As a society, in many ways, it can be thought that we are the healthiest we have ever been. We have more cures for diseases than ever, and every day it seems as though new breakthrough and potentially life-saving discoveries and advancements are made. However, to a large degree, these advancements lean highly towards the physical, for while we may be physically healthier than ever before, it seems that our mental health is on a steady decline.
Mental health can be defined as a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. And while mental health does cover a lot of grounds, one of the most prevalent and fastest growing concerns is anxiety among men and women, boys, and girls, all across the country.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. But what is causing this rise in incidents and of people reporting it?
Anxiety can be caused by many different environmental and external factors. Some of these include traumas like abuse, victimization, or the death of a loved one. Stress in relationships, at work, at school, about money, and many others can also cause undue anxiety.
Medical factors can also contribute to anxiety, such as stress from a serious illness, or the side effects of certain medications. On that same token, substance use and abuse can also be a huge catalyst for anxiety.
However, what if you just have anxiety? What if you constantly feel all the negative turmoil that is associated with anxiety, but you don’t seem able to pinpoint what is causing it. And yet, it doesn’t make it any less real or any easier to deal with.
While nobody wants to think about anxiety, let alone have it, knowing that is a very real threat should be enough reason for us try and be proactive in our approach and learn ways in which we can combat our anxiety. And ideally, most of us would like to do that naturally. Fortunately today, we are here to discuss just that.
It would be naive to think that if you suffer from anxiety that it will suddenly fix itself or lessen on its own. But you should know that you are not powerless in all of this, for by following these tips, you will find yourself much more suited and in a better state, both mentally and physically to tackle even the toughest things life can throw at you.
Researchers have found that feeling warm may alter neural circuits that control mood, including serotonin circuits.
Time in the sun (safely of course!), a sauna or spa, a warm bath or a hot shower, sitting in front of the fire, snuggling up with a heat pack in bed, or warming from the inside out with a cup of tea, or anything else that gives you that ‘warm, fuzzy’ feeling – may all work to reduce anxiety. Plus, did we forget to mention that it feels so good?