Natural Anxiety Remedies
Looking for anxiety remedies?
Well, look no further. Here is a breakdown of some natural anxiety remedies that have worked for many people and can work for you too!
One of the most common of anxiety remedies is living a healthy lifestyle. Eating and drinking right, getting adequate high-quality sleep and exercising regularly can all help control feelings of worry and stress and curb the physical symptoms of anxiety like fatigue, sweating and shakiness. It is thought that diets high in carbohydrates and low in protein and water can make anxiety worse. Therefore, focus on eating adequate amounts of protein, getting plenty of water and eating complex carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables and whole grains over refined carbohydrates like white flour and sugar.
Also, stimulants found in caffeinated beverages like coffee and soda can contribute to the physical manifestations of anxiety, including upset stomach and shakiness. These drinks should be avoided, even if you think they will give you more energy. Instead, focus on getting energy from the healthy foods discussed above.
Nutrients that can help combat anxiety include biotin, magnesium, niacin, folic acid, calcium and pantothenic acid. Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 can also help. These nutrients and vitamins are found in:
Food allergies can also contribute to feelings of anxiety, so watch for other signs of allergies following the consumption of things like eggs, fish, milk, nuts, shellfish, soy and wheat. If you think you may be allergic to a food, it is best to avoid it altogether. A doctor can perform a test to determine if you actually are allergic or not.
You will also want to get enough sleep; most people require at least 8 hours a night. Being overtired can contribute greatly to worry and anxiousness. Getting adequate sleep will help your mind and body rest and relax, resulting in a greater ability to control your thoughts and actions.
Exercising regularly is also known to help people with anxiety. Not only does exercise help the body relax and recharge, it also releases endorphins, which are hormones that make the brain send “happy signals” to the rest of the body, alleviating feelings of fear or worry.
Aside from living a healthy lifestyle; deep breathing, meditation and aromatherapy are all anxiety remedies that have been utilized by people for centuries. Breathing deeply and meditation are both helpful in relaxing the body and focusing the mind. These are most effective when done in a quiet, dark room with your eyes closed. Aromatherapy can be combined with breathing exercises and meditation to achieve even better results. Adding plant oils, such as jasmine, lavender, rose and sandalwood, to bath or massage oils or burning incense in these scents can have a calming effect.
Herbs can also be effective anxiety remedies. Some herbs known for their anti-depressant properties are:
- passion flower
- winter cherry
Also, even though many people with anxiety tend to shy away from social interaction, it can be helpful to talk to someone about the things behind the anxiety. Just getting it off your shoulders can bring relief in and of itself, and having another person’s point of view can put the issue causing your worry into a different perspective, making it seem less negative.
These anxiety remedies are time tested and can be used to fight anxiety and the physical and mental symptoms that accompany it. You may need to experiment to find the best combination of remedies for you, but with perseverance, success can be yours!