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8 Quirky Ways to Ease Anxiety

Anxiety is a very common mental health issue amongst alcoholics and drug addicts. In fact, a lot of us used drugs and alcohol to self-medicate ourselves until that didn’t work anymore, and we found ourselves in recovery. Most anxiety medications are highly addictive, so we have to find other things to help calm our nerves and ultimately, prevent relapse. Below you will find some ways to help you beat the panic without resorting to chemicals:

  1. Aromatherapy – Studies have shown that smelling lavender can help stabilize your mood and reduce anxiety. Scent is processed in the same area of the brain as memory and emotion, so try using essential oils to supplement your recovery.
  2. Pet therapy – Cuddling with a sweet pet actually helps release dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. The good news: you can bring your pet with you at The Lakehouse Recovery Center!
  3. Eat regular, small meals – Make sure to keep your blood sugar steady. The rollercoaster of blood sugar highs and lows from eating junk or from going a long time without eating can cause panic attacks and anxiety.
  4. Push hard into a wall – Strange, yes, but it can work. Push your hands into a wall as though you were going to break through it, and then stop. The drastic change in pressure can help you relax.
  5. Use grounding techniques – Try focusing on something in your environment. For instance, pick a color, let’s say blue, and find everything in the room that is blue and name them off. Say, “There is a blue pen,” and “there is a blue bag,” and so on until your anxiety starts to ease off.
  6. Take a warm bath or shower – Hot water is relaxing to the body and mind and can ease tension. Also try sipping chamomile tea.
  7. Listen to binaural beats – Binaural frequency music is engineered to reach and calm your brainwaves on a deep level, helping to soothe your mind. You can find binaural beats on YouTube, and they are also used for sleep and meditation.
  8. Chew on a piece of gum – Chewing gum may alleviate anxiety, reduce stress, and help you focus. Who knew?

If you are struggling with addiction, call Resilient House. We can help you get through this difficult time, and you can bring your pet, too. Addiction doesn’t have to be the end of your story. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at 833-242-6431. Recovery happens everyday, and it can happen for you. Call now.