If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone. Anxiety has reached almost epidemic proportions, with 18% of Americans suffering from this debilitating, yet treatable, disorder.
The good news is that, since so many are in the same boat, it has drawn attention to the disorder, and treatments are available now more than ever. Natural remedies have been around for centuries, and you may not need to look any further than your local grocery store or natural food store to alleviate your anxiety.
Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Treating anxiety naturally is not only possible, but it’s even preferable to using pharmaceuticals in most cases. Treatments are gentle, don’t require prescriptions, and are often very cost-effective. Check out these 10 remedies to help you say “adios” to anxiety. Many over the counter herbals have one or more of these combinations. Seek the advise of a good nutritionist for help.
L-theanine is an amino acid that is found in tea – specifically green tea. Many who suffer from anxiety and cannot tolerate coffee find that they do well with caffeinated teas. This may be due to the naturally-occurring L-theanine found in tea.
This amino acid calms the brain by having a positive effect on certain neurotransmitters. Try 200 mg of L-theanine first thing in the morning. If you find that it is well tolerated, you can increase the dosage to 400 mg if necessary.
This herb has long been used to calm the spirit and is easily found at most grocery stores in tea form. Take one to two cups of chamomile tea per day to alleviate anxiety and induce a feeling of calm. If you suffer from ragweed allergies, you should exercise caution when using this herb as it may cause similar allergy symptoms.
This is another age-old remedy for alleviating anxiety and can also help you to fall asleep more easily. Hops is often used in combination with other herbs such as valerian to ease stress and allow the mind to relax. If you’re not ready to settle in for a full night’s sleep but just need the calming effects of hops, try using it in essential oil form. Sprinkling a dab on a handkerchief or using another method of aromatherapy is enough to allow most people to benefit from its calming properties.
If your anxiety stems from insomnia, valerian may very well be your new best friend. Valerian can be taken in tincture form to calm the mind and help ease it into a deep sleep.
5. Rescue Remedy
Bach’s Rescue Remedy has saved the day for many. It contains a blend of flowers that is well known to alleviate anxiety. The remedy can be taken as a spray, a cream, or a tincture.
This herb acts a sedative and can be taken in tincture or tea form. If you are feeling very anxious, you may not feel sleepy after taking it. However, if your anxiety is milder, you may find that you’re ready to take a nap after your dose, and therefore it may be best taken at night.
Regular exercise helps to regulate your neurotransmitters and thus your mood. Even if you are experiencing a panic attack, going out for a walk can help to reset your system enough to regain your composure. Try at least 20 minutes of walking while concentrating on deep breathing and being mindful of your surroundings instead of your anxiety.
8. Check Your Gut
The majority of neurotransmitters that affect your mood are made and found in your gut as well as in your brain. Therefore, when your gut health is compromised, so is your mental well-being. Conditions such as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), parasite infections, low gut flora, and other issues may be at the root of your anxiety. Testing for such conditions and following up with proper treatment is essential to eliminating anxiety.
This herb is most often noted for its pleasant aroma. However, the medicinal benefits of lavender should not be overlooked. In fact, some studies have shown lavender to be as effective as anti-anxiety drugs such as Ativan.
While lavender is not approved for oral use in the United States, the herb can be used effectively in aromatic form. Creams and essential oils of lavender are widely available.
10. Deep Breathing
How would you feel if someone was preventing you from breathing? A bit panicked, perhaps? Of course! And yet, many of us unwittingly deprive our bodies of oxygen every day. Tension can cause you to hold your breath which, in turn, causes anxiety. Take a few minutes every day to give your body a healthy dose of oxygen by breathing deeply from your diaphragm. This means breathing in through your nose, watching your belly fill with air, and slowly exhaling through your mouth.
Hopefully you feel better already!
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