Instead of dwelling over and over on a negative thought or situation, train your mind to dwell on the positive. Even if you have to leave yourself post it notes on the bathroom mirror. It may seem silly but over time you can retrain your mind and take control of your own happiness and stave off anxiety. Remember to live in the present not the past. Nothing bugs me more then when I take my mom on a nice vacation and she is caught up in a negative situation that has happened to her in the past and she can’t enjoy the present. I think to myself “why did I even bother.” But then I realize that she can’t get past her negative thoughts because she is dwelling on them. She can’t be fully present in the moment of joy, but I can. Going over and over in your mind and replaying negative thoughts is akin to pouring “salt into an open wound”. Too much thinking about a problem often times makes it worse. You have often heard the old expression “paralysis by analysis.” Train your brain to focus on the positives in life. Use positive affirmations and write them down if you need to. A happy person enjoys their friends, their surroundings, beauty and the here and now.
Vitamins and supplements that may help:
If you have severe depression or bi-polar disorder then you need to see a mental health professional. But if you just have a mild case of seasonal affective disorder or a period of sadness in your life, why not try the natural way first. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter time blues often affects us in the colder months of the year. Zap it quickly by taking vitamin D3 from (October until April). In summertime we get enough D3 just by going out in the sunshine for 10 minutes a day but your body doesn’t get this in the colder months. Taking a winter time cruise or south Florida vacation is also good during the winter months if you can afford it and take the time. The beach almost always works for me.
One vitamin that has been proven to fight bi-polar disorder and inflammation is Omega 3 or fish oil. If you don’t like fish or don’t think you can take the oil capsules you can also eat flax, flax seed or flax oil. Many cultures that have high fish diets have very low circumstances of depression, anxiety or bi-polar disorder.
St. Johns Wart and 5-HTP may also help with anxiety and depression. If you find that these vitamins are not working for you, you may have a hormonal imbalance or true depression that needs to be treated by a medical professional.
Another step toward positive thinking is through prayer and meditation and by using exercise. Exercise has been medically proven to release endorphins in the brain as well as serotonin. Serotonin is the compound present in anti-depressive medication. So you are giving your body what it needs through a very natural and constructive manner. So change your negative thoughts today through exercise, prayer, meditation, positive affirmations, and some vitamins. If all of this does not work seek a medical professional for help. Help is out there for you to rid yourself of anxiety.