Here are some tips to help nix the worrying habit (something I’m guilty of), and reduce tension, courtesy of Dr. Weil, MD:
1. Breathing Exercises. Deep belly breathing is one option. Others abound.
2. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and other stimulants, all of which can exacerbate tension.
3. Exercise regularly: This can lower stress hormones and increase production of brain chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins that positively affect mood.
4. Address your fears: When you worry about things you can do something about, take action.
5. Put your worries on paper. This can show you that your fears are exaggerated or unrealistic.
6. Try meditation. This can lead to long-term reductions in anxiety among those with anxiety disorders.
7. Take a good multivitamin with B-complex and an omega-3 (fish oil) supplement: the B vitamins in the multi can help balance your mood; magnesium helps relax muscles, and a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids has been associated with increased anxiety and depression. Take one to three grams of fish oil daily.
8. Try guided imagery, hypnotherapy and acupuncture: All three can help lessen anxiety.