Free yourself from wellness anxiety


Are you always thinking about your next meal? Does a party invitation or holiday make you anxious? Do you punish yourself with extreme workouts if you have had an indulgent meal? Is your necessary family time getting compromised because of your morning fitness regimen? If the answer is yes, then you may want to go easy on your wellness programme because it is certainly causing unnecessary stress and anxiety.

STOP OBSESSING


Healthy living is not just about how clean your plate looks or how active you are. It is also about peace of mind and living a lifestyle that gives you true freedom. If it is crossing the line, then you will need to step back because anxiety can actually undo all your efforts. It wreaks havoc on your body and elevates cortisol levels, which is linked with every health issue – from fat gain to hormonal imbalance and inflammation. It isn’t true wellness if it is making you obsess over things to do.

SLOW DOWN

There are so many people who on falling sick or injuring themselves do not give enough time to recovery and rest because they don’t want to skip their workouts. That is completely wrong. Sickness is the body’s way of asking you to slow down and one must honour that. Our body cares for only one thing – survival and it will do everything to help you survive. So, a falling immunity is a survival strategy that asks you to slow down or else you will burn out.

LEARN TO UNWIND

If you are having a bad day at work or have too many meetings back to back, chances are that you may have to skip your scheduled workout. But that’s okay. Not every day is going to be the same. If it was a bad day – feel it instead of living in denial. In place of a workout, do something that truly unwinds you mentally. That would be the need of the hour for you.


  • Manage anxiety: Live in balance and never follow an extreme path.
  • Compete only with yourself.
  • Reduce time spent on social media or with people who make you feel less about yourself.
  • Set realistic goals and break them down into doable actions.
  • Don’t overcommit.
  • Perfection is overrated. Focus on progress.
  • Never chase your goals. Whatever you do, do it with faith and then just surrender yourself to the outcome.

USE YOUR BREATH


With every inhale imagine each and every cell being infused with positivity and with every exhale, try releasing all the tension. You can also exhale via mouth with a “whoosh” sound. Breath shallows when we experience anxiety, so try deep breathing exercises to bring back the balance.

BREW A CACAO TEA


Cacao is rich in magnesium – a mineral that’s known for its calming and stress-relieving properties.

Recipe: For 1 cup of raw cacao tea, take 1 cup almond milk, 2 dates, ¼ tsp ground cardamom, a pinch of ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp ginger powder, 1 tsp (heaped) cacao powder, 1 tsp organic jaggery. Blend all this until smooth and sip slowly.

SALT BATH


Indulge in an Epsom salt bath soak with a few drops of lavender essential oil.

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