Many people suffer from anxiety, whether it be a more serious case, or only minor anxiety. Perhaps you only suffer from minor anxiety and want to try treating it yourself or maybe you are just in favor of seeking out natural remedies before turning to western medicine, which are often harsh with even worse side effects. In either case, below are some ways to treat your anxiety naturally.
Herbal Remedies & Supplements
1. Valerian & Passionflower
These act as a sedative or sleep aid, but are also effective for anxiety
2. Lemon Balm Extract
Has been shown to help with anxiety, but be careful, too much can have the opposite effect, worsening anxiety
3. Lavender Oil or Hops Aromatherapy
Hops has been shown to have a sedative-like effect, while both are effective anxiety soothers
4. Cardiovascular Exercise
While regular exercise has been shown to balance hormones and improve your mood, cardiovascular exercise can be particularly effective for treating anxiety. Aim for at least 20-30 minutes a day.
5. Meditation or Yoga
Widely known for their calming/relaxing effects on the body
6. Eat a largely plant-based diet
7. Be sure to get enough folate
8. Eat more eggs
Eggs are rich in choline and adequate levels in your diet are associated with lessened anxiety
9. Get your omega-3s
Try adding more fish to your diet, or adding an omega-3 fish oil supplement such as Nordic Naturals
10. Try not to skip meals
A drop in blood sugar can bring about irritability and worsen anxiety
11. Drink Chamomile or Green Tea
The L-theanine in green tea can help lower heart rate and blood pressure, while chamomile is also proven to have anxiety reducing effects
12. Practice Deep Breathing
13. Heat Relaxation
Take a relaxing, hot shower/bath or get some sun to heat up and relax the body
14. Avoid Stress-Inducing Environments
15. Get Enough Sleep!
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