Dealing with Anxiety and Depression: Inability to Focus

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  • Question:


    pprldy wrote...


    What do you do when you feel anxious and can not focus...





    Dear pprldy,


    Do you know why you're feeling anxious? If so, what can you do to address the cause of your anxiety? Resolving the cause of your anxiety is something to keep in mind.


    Here are some ideas that may help you be able to focus better:

    • Simple exercise: Go for a walk, do some good stretches. The endorphins created by exercising can help.
    • Meditation: Deep breathing and meditation help some people regain their focus.
    • Aromatherapy: Scents can impact our emotional and mental state. There are quite a few essential oils recommended for anxiety, including: Lemongrass, Neroli, Bergamot, Lavender, Orange, Patchouli. You can use a few drops in an infuser or inhaler. (These oils should not be used directly on the skin without diluting them with a carrier oil.)

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    Hoping this helps,


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Published On: November 25, 2007