6 Healthy Habits to Calm the Mind and Ease Anxiety

Available for Interviews: Dr. David J. Calabro

Dr. Calabro, , DC, CCN, FICPA, CEG, practices Functional Medicine at the Calabro Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Dr. Calabro specializes in functional medicine, clinical nutrition, essential oils, and BrainTap therapy.

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Managing COVID-19 Anxiety:

  • Much of the world is in a state of panic and stress. People are confused, sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the worst to come from the news, constant discussion and reporting starting to get into people’s psyche.
  • We are inundated with flashy alert graphics moving across the TV screen with a “crisis” tone.  We hear music and sounds that perpetuate doom and makes us feel a sense of negative urgency.
All of this can trigger, and/or develop, anxiety.
  • While we are able to handle a certain amount of stress, constant chronic low and high levels of stress can put our brain in a state of stress that eventually causes our body to feel anxious and shaky.
  • We have the ability to support, strengthen and empower our body and immune system and reduce the effects and feelings of anxiety.

6 habits and tips on how to calm our brain and body if you are experiencing anxiety

  1. Practice rhythmic breathing.  This is a form of breathing that has been shown to decrease anxiety, improve sleep, create a calming effect on the nervous system, lower blood pressure, improve breathing and even reduce anger. In rhythmic breathing you inhale for a period of time, hold it for double that time and then forcefully exhale the breath you were holding.   For example, breathe in for 4 seconds, hold it for 8 seconds and forcefully exhale for 5-8 seconds. Or, breathe in as long as you can, hold it for as long as you can and then forcefully exhale it as long as you can.
This relaxes the brain and nervous system, oxygenates your body and engages the relaxation side of your brain.  It takes you from a state of sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) dominance toward a balance of parasympathetic (calming) nervous system engagement.
Do this periodically throughout the day, but especially when you feel anxiety coming on.

2. CHOOSE What You Watch and Listen To!  Believe it or not, we can turn the TV off, put on a different channel or limit how much we view.  It is unnecessary to watch news about the coronavirus non-stop. It is unhealthy to constantly be in that state of heightened panic. So, for every hour you watch something, or read something about the coronavirus, you have to double watch (or read) something positive, uplifting, humorous, self-improving, and do anything that contributes positivity and strength to our body and brain.  If you watch 1 hour of coronavirus stress, then you have to watch 2–3 hours of something uplifting and positive. Or, at minimum, match the amount of coronavirus material and something non-coronavirus.

We have the ability to control what we are exposed to and for how long. AND, we have the ability to control how we respond to what is going on around us.
3. Use Visualizations, Affirmations and/or Prayer to change the state of our nervous system and brain.
4.  Use Calming Essential Oils. Essential oils have been used for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, for many purposes.  They are even referenced as far back as in the Bible.   Some that are known to have calming effects are:
      • Lavender Essential Oil.
      • Rose Essential Oil.
      • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil.
      • Bergamot Essential Oil.
      • German Chamomile Essential Oil.
      • Melissa Essential Oil.
      • Jasmine Essential Oil.
      • Clary Sage Essential Oil.
5. Exercise. Any form of exercise you enjoy will have great affects on your physical health as well as your mental well-being.
6. Redirect Thoughts. This is about having an awareness of the negative thoughts in your mind and then allowing something else to think about that is positive and more in line with your desires.

Interview: Dr. David J. Calabro, DC

Dr. David J. Calabro, DC, CCN, FICPA, CEG, runs the Calabro Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Linwood, NJ. Calabro received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta, Georgia where he graduated with honors and pediatric certification. He also received his certification in Clinical Nutrition from the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Calabro specializes in functional medicine, clinical nutrition, essential oils, and BrainTap therapy. His method is to addresses the underlying cause of disease by focusing on the patient as a whole rather than only treating isolated sets of symptoms.

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