Roughly one-third of women will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. For some, they will deal with this anxiety has a child. For others, this anxiety won’t pop up until they’ve had children of their own. Either way, it is safe to say that we all know a woman who is dealing with this issue. Personally, there are certain areas of my life where I suffer crippling anxiety. I am always on the lookout for products to help with that anxiety.
For many of us, anxiety is part of our everyday life. Lots of things can trigger anxiety, certain places, specific people, and even stress. All of this often makes it nearly impossible to avoid those triggers. It’s not possible that we will go through life without being stressed out. Stress leads to poor eating, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, increased consumption of caffeine – all things that can make anxiety worse.
While it isn’t possible that we can avoid all our triggers, it is possible that we can find products to help deal with anxiety. Often items + rituals can help us better manage anxious episodes + (hopefully) head off a panic attack.
Products to Help with Anxiety
A weighted blanket: Weighted blankets help ground your body by pushing down on you. Being grounded cna help reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) while you sleep. Less stress can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin which help combat stress even more. These blankets have been shown to help people with anxiety, insomnia, and autism sleep. A good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to help you avoid triggers.
Essential Oils: The limbic system of the brain is primarily responsible for our emotional life and also controls functions including adrenaline flow, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction. Our olfactory (smell) sense is almost directly connected to the limbic system, meaning simply inhaling essential oils can have an immediate and profound effect. A New York University study found the only way to release fear from the amygdala (part of the limbic system) is through smell. Valor by Young Living is one of my favorite essential oils for dealing with anxiety. It now comes in the starter kit with the other 12 oils + other goodies. I also really love the Xanax oil blend. Last year, I wrote an essential oils 101 post for anyone interested in them (note: I am NOT a Young Living rep, but I can connect you with one).
Adult coloring books: It may sound silly, but the act of coloring can be very soothing when one is feeling anxious. By distracting your brain into the here and now, you take away it’s the opportunity to spiral into panic. In particular, studies found that coloring mandalas – circular shapes with geometric patterns inside them – reduced anxiety in test subjects. Coloring offers you a nice little brain vacation + you come out with something pretty. Try this book as a product to help with anxiety.
Supplements to Help with Anxiety
CBD Oil: We’ve all heard about the hype of CBD and its amazing benefits. While scientific research on CBD oil is limited, many people have seen positive effects from using it. What’s the difference between CBD and THC? Both chemicals bind to CB-2, but interact with the CB-1 receptors differently. THC lingers on the CB-1 receptor for a long time, overstimulating the endocannabinoid system. CBD binds weakly to the CB-1 receptor, so it can promote the natural production of endocannabinoids to influence physical and mental health.
Lauren from Hello Well Co. recommends Nature’s Ultra because it’s the first and only USDA organic farm and organic handler certification on the market (no pesticides, no heavy metals, no solvents, no THC, vegan, gluten-free, 99% pure CBD, and non-GMO)! It is also SMART SPECTRUM which is a CBD isolate + Young Living Oils…providing a broader and more purposeful terpene profile than CBD alone.
Magnesium: Magnesium as a supplement has a lot of benefits. It can help with bone health, calcium absorption, migraines, and premenstrual cramps. Fatigue is one of the first signs of magnesium deficiencies which surprise surprise, isn’t good for anxiety. Magnesium plays an important role in regulating neurotransmitters as well as the pituitary and adrenal glands.
A woman in her 20s + above should take in roughly 310 to 320 mg a day. This can be achieved by taking a supplement, but also through food like sunflowers seeds, oatmeal, black beans, broccoli, peanut butter, milk, and more. However, you get more magnesium its products to help with anxiety.
Progessence Plus-Hormones: Unhappy hormones can cause increased anxiety, depression, moodiness, low energy, fatigue, difficulty sleeping/staying asleep, brain fog, acne, and more. Progessence Plus is USP-grade, super-micronized progesterone from wild yam blended with essential oils and vitamin E to help women find balance naturally. It is bio-identical to human progesterone which is well received by our bodies. If you are having tough menstrual cramps, irregular periods, postpartum, or trying to conceive, this blend can help tremendously (this oil blend should not be used while on birth control). When it comes to anxious feelings, always start by addressing the root of the problem which can be unresolved stored emotions, inflammation, or unhappy hormones.
Whether you suffer from anxiety or are just dealing with stress, dealing with it is crucial to your overall physical + mental health. You need to find products to help with anxiety so that when you feel it coming on, you can be better prepared to overcome it. How do you tackle your anxiety?
This post should not substitute for medical advice. Please seek professional treatment for all anxiety and mental health issues. Therapists and counselors will know of more, even better products to help with anxiety.