Stressed and anxious? What to do, when you don’t know what to do

Are you feeling stressed and anxious?

When you feel stressed and anxious, you can lose your sense of what to do to get back to a balanced and calm place. For even the most competent person, simple day to day decisions become difficult, everyday tasks become overwhelming, and sometimes you just don’t know where to turn. Feeling worried, irritable and dizzy, or experiencing palpations, insomnia and headaches can all be signs you are stressed and anxious.

First of all, if you have been feeling stressed and anxious for a prolonged period of time, or you really are finding it difficult to cope at this time, I would recommend you start by visiting your GP to get a medical diagnosis. Tests you can ask your GP to run when you are feeling stressed and anxious include:

  • Iron levels
  • Cortisol levels
  • Vitamin D levels
  • DHEA levels
  • Thyroid check

Focus on your fundamentals

At times like these when you are feeling stressed and anxious, it helps to focus on your fundamentals, as much as possible keeping life simple while you find your way back to yourself. There are three simple fundamentals that can help you reset and rebalance:

  • Food
  • Sleep
  • State (emotional and / or mental state)

Here are some tips that can help in each of these three areas. You don’t have to do them all, perhaps select one or two to start with that would be most beneficial to you at this time. Small steps over time will really add up.

FOOD
  1. Eat regularly
  2. Avoid alcohol
  3. Chose nourishing foods, Kate has some practical ideas to get you started on her blog.

If you know you need additional support with your food, a dietician can help. Contact Rick Miller for a personal assessment.

SLEEP
  1. Have a warm bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts plus a few drops of lavender essential oil. Soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Try a herbal tincture such as Cammomile, Passiflora or Valerian to support your sleep.
  3. Go to bed at the same time each night.

Connect with Stephanie at Sleepy Head Clinic for professional sleep support.

STATE
  1. Journal when you can, writing down how you feel and what’s on your mind.
  2. Herbal teas can provide calm and comfort in moments when you feel anxious and stressed.
  3. Add a herbal tincture to water such as Ashwangandha, St John’s Wort or Siberian Ginseng to lift your mood.

For additional support, you can read my book Pause, or email me directly at danielle@lifebydanielle.com to ask about personal coaching.

Most of all, know that you are not alone, and that there are many people who can advise, guide and support you back to yourself. Just ask…

Be well,

www.lifebydanielle.com

 

 

 


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