Thursday, October 30, 2008
Most of you who know me know that I am very high strung and anxiety prone. I've been trying to get my anxiety under control for a little while now, but it has recently dawned on me that I need to do everything in my power to combat it, because it's sending me on a downward spiral.
I live a mostly healthy lifestyle, though some times are busier than others. I generally get 8 hours of sleep, I exercise, I tend to eat healthily (minus the massive amounts of candy), and I have an active social life. However, I never feel like I slow down. Some of this is genetic, so I know that no matter how "healthy" I am, I'm still not going to feel completely under control. However, I realized that there are several simple little things that I can do to combat the anxiety.
One of these things is to stop drinking caffeine. I'm very sensitive to caffeine, so even a small cup of coffee will make me vibrate and sweat like I'm about to have a heart attack. However, in the past couple months, I've become completely reliant on it. I have a cup of coffee for breakfast, a diet coke or two in the afternoon, and, when studying late, another cup of coffee at a cafe. This is way too much caffeine for a girl who claims to be extremely sensitive to it. Drinking all that caffeine made me constantly on edge.
So last week, I made the decision to stop drinking caffeine. And the funny thing is, in the past 5 days, I've felt a lot more under control, AND more awake. I started to drink caffeine-free tea and decaf coffee (because I like the taste of coffee) instead of the fully caffeinated stuff. My favorite tea? Yogi Teas. Sure, they're expensive, but they're worth it, and I swear they work.
John constantly makes fun of me for being completely "New-Agey", but I am a firm believer in natural remedies. Don't get me wrong, I don't think that these remedies can cure anything, but they certainly don't harm you in any way.
Yogi Teas create more than 50 organic and made with organic herbal and green tea blends that are grounded in ancient wisdom and a simple, natural way of living. I don't necessarily believe this part, but a few days ago I purchased Yogi's Calming Tea and Breathe Deep Tea, and have felt a difference.
I don't really know if this is in my head enough, but I swear these two teas have helped balance me in the last few days. The Breathe Deep helps to clear your breathing passages during cold weather, and the Calming Tea is pretty much self-explanatory. You should try them out! I'm a big fan.
You can choose from 4 different types of teas: Spirit Teas, Mind Teas, Body Teas, and Green Teas.