We are all processing the current coronavirus differently, but fear and anxiety are common during times of unprecedented uncertainty. Tasha Mayberry, Positive Living Author; Business Coach; and Editor-in-Chief of Best in Baby Biz & Kids Magazine, shares tips on how to reduce anxiety, get yourself out of a panic attack, and how to start each day on a happy and healthy note.
Tasha is not a doctor and is sharing tips that have worked for her personally and for others she has shared with.
ANSWER: Yes, a couple weeks ago I actually had a panic / anxiety attack two nights in a row. This was unusual for me because for 10 years I have been symptom-free without using medication (I will share more on how I do this), so when I had the anxiety attack I knew it was from the current pandemic. In both instances, I was watching a lot of news about the crisis and it triggered an attack. So here's what I do to pull myself out of a panic attack or anxiety attack. For those who are unfamiliar with this it can feel different for many people but for me it feels like a blanket of fear comes over you, your breath becomes shorter, I have a strange feeling in my arm and side of my neck, and I start to shiver like I am really cold.
I was able to pull myself out of it within minutes and here's how:
ANSWER: We are all in control of our bodies and even our health. It all starts with our thoughts and deep inner voice / beliefs. I knew that I did not want to take medication. For those who do, that's great if it works for you. For me, I wanted to conquer this in a more holistic way. So I started with grateful intentions.
Each day I go through my gratitude list first thing in the morning and again after a workout when my body is full of high frequency energy. I said and say every day, "I am so grateful to be anxiety-symptom free." Grateful intentions are things you are grateful for but have not happened yet. Feeling the emotions as if something has already happened makes that particular thing happen faster. It's all part of the Law of Attraction which is really the science of Quantum Physics - like attracts like.
NOTE: be careful not to say things like not or no " I am grateful for no anxiety" because the law of attraction does not interpret no or not so you are really saying "I am grateful for anxiety."
When you feel as if something already happened and say it often enough, something miraculous happens. Our brains create new neural pathways that change our habits, emotions, even our health.
So that was my first step.
Next, I exercised. Exercise is the best way to feel happy and ease anxiety naturally.
Now is the perfect time to play with your kids in the yard, ride bikes, and check out local hiking trails (just make sure to stay away from others during social distancing). You can even do a 10 minute work out video on Youtube for free. I like the shorter videos because my 4 year old can follow along with me.
Next, clean eating and water. For me caffeine increased my anxiety so I stopped drinking coffee. I do enjoy green tea occasionally or Black Tea when we travel to my in-law's in Europe - black tea with sugar and lemon is part of every meal over there. I bring my stevia to make it healthier. Drinking water is the single most important change you can make that has life-altering effects on your body. This started for me when I was pregnant. I got a tip to drink 100 ounces of water a day and I did just that. My pregnancy was smooth, the delivery went well, and I had a healthy baby boy. After this, I continued drinking half my body weight in ounces a day. Drink water at room temperature. Easier to digest and easier to drink bigger quantities
Eating clean also has made a big impact on my life. Three years ago I went paleo and never looked back. Paleo removes gluten, refined sugar, dairy, processed foods, and alcohol (small amounts okay). Sounds like a lot to remove but I don't think about what I CHOOSE not to eat. I focus on what I CAN eat, which is a ton! Things like:
Plus so much more. Every recipe you love can be altered with different ingredients to be paleo-friendly.
I created a free Total Body Reset Challenge - I used this plan to lose 40 lbs after having a baby so I wanted to share with other women to help.
The last step that helped me heal my anxiety without using medication is meditation. This is part of my morning routine and only takes 10 minutes.
Here are my go-to meditations:
ANSWER: There's no right or wrong way to meditate but there are some ways to get more out of it:
ANSWER: How we start our day is the most important decision you can make and it directly impacts your happiness, health, and even how your day will go. I detailed my morning routine in this article I wrote for Baby-Chick.com - How to Start Each Day with a Positive Tone, but I will summarize the tips here too.
My morning starts the night before actually. I write down five things I am grateful for in my gratitude journal and I include grateful intentions - things that have not happened yet. So the very last thing I am thinking about before sleep is gratitude.
First, as my feet hit the floor getting out of bed, I think, "I am so grateful for another day in this life." Then I read over the five things I wrote the night before in my gratitude journal.
I NEVER reach for my phone, no emails, no texts, no news, no social media.
By doing this, we are allowing external factors out of our control to dictate our morning emotions. How we feel is how our day goes.
As I brush my teeth I go over my gratitude list:
I am so grateful for . . .
Next, I go downstairs and drink 1-2 glasses of water. This is VERY IMPORTANT. This jumpstarts our bodies after having nothing to drink for 7-8 hours.
I then take an apple cider vinegar shot (I mix in a shot glass, half apple cider vinegar -- make sure it says "With the Mother", and 1/4 tsp of turmeric, and couple squirts of honey. Mix well and drink. Have water ready to chase it). The benefits of apple cider vinegar are amazing.
Next, I get moving for at least 10 minutes. Stretching first and then maybe a 10 minute abs workout video, or some exercises I do on my own for 10 minutes. Meditation works better when our bodies are awake and energy is flowing.
I then meditate for 8-10 minutes using a guided meditation on YouTube.
Lastly, I have a smoothie and my 4 year old loves these too. Here's one of the recipes we use - it's from the blog juiceboxes + TEQUILA: Immune Boosting Yummy Kids Smoothie Recipe
After this I am ready to work - I start with outlining my work tasks and then I work on a project that is important (so still no emails just yet - I do this around 9:30 AM)! I let my 4 year old wake up on his own because this boosts kids' immune systems. Usually by 8:30 AM or 9 AM so I do my routine while the house is still quiet around 7 AM.
Social media I usually jump on after lunch and the news -- well, I have given up watching the news. My husband fills me in on important local news I need to know about.
ANSWER: Starting your morning off right is the most important step you can take to boost your happiness and have a productive, anxiety-free day, but here are some other things I do to keep the happiness boost all day:
ANSWER: You can connect with me @tlynn2212 on Instagram and through my magazine @Bibbmagazine on Instagram and Facebook. Thank you for the opportunity to share these tips! Our past magazine issues can be found at www.bestinbabybiz.com/past-issues
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