We worry about everything – getting to work on time, making good grades in school, your love life (or lack thereof), and of course, money.
We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t worry.
When worrying becomes overwhelming, it turns into anxiety.
In the past, it was believed that anxiety was best treated with medication. However, there are many natural solutions that can help subside and even cure anxiety!
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the feeling of being in danger or feeling threatened even when danger is not present.
Symptoms include, but are not limited to, nervousness, agitation, insomnia, lack of hunger, overeating, fear, and dread.
Sometimes we don’t realize that we have anxiety but notice these underlying symptoms.
Background and Statistics
The good news is that you are not alone
We all feel anxious at one time or another. No one is immune to stress. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 40 million adults in America suffer from some form of anxiety.
Although everyone experiences anxiety, women are more likely to experience anxiety than men, while Caucasian people tend to report anxious feelings more than Hispanic and African-Americans.
Tips For Overcoming Anxiety Naturally
Today, people are choosing natural or alternative methods to overcome their anxiety. Many times, you can treat your anxiety without the help of a prescription, such as these below:
Manage Your Stress
Stress triggers anxiety. Find a way to manage your stress. Keep an organizer or a planner. Make sure that you keep track of deadlines and commitments.
Knowing what to expect during your day and your week will help subside the overwhelming feeling of surprise that can eventually escalate into anxiety.
Learn How to Relax
Life is hectic. Anyone that says otherwise lives in a dream world or is a great liar. Because we have become so used to the hustle and bustle of society, many people have forgotten how to relax.
Take five to ten minutes out of your day to do nothing. Turn off your phone. Sometimes, we have to forget the day’s obligations and be selfish. Take time for you. Sit in a quiet room or car. Listen to yourself breathe. Eventually, some of the pressure that you may be feeling should float away.
Adding daily exercise to your routine can help to lessen feelings of anxiety. Not only do you increase your body heat, but you will also be releasing endorphin to your brain, which is your body’s way of boosting energy and happiness.
Because of this, many doctors prescribe exercise to alleviate symptoms in patients who suffer from anxiety and depression. Runners always talk about getting a “runner’s high” after their workout has been over. It is the endorphin kicking in and making them feel ecstatic. Grab your shoes and pound some pavement and you will see your mood improve dramatically!
Change Your Diet
Sometimes, a simple change in diet will help lessen anxiety symptoms. Try eliminating caffeine from your diet. Caffeine is known to amp you up.
When you are feeling anxious, you want to do the opposite: relax. So, stay clear of the colas and the coffees, as it might make you feel jittery and more high strung.
Sip Some Tea
For centuries, tea has been known for its calming effect. Brew your favorite tea, preferably one without caffeine. Highly recommended are herbal teas, such as chamomile and lavender.
Try to drink three cups of tea a day. In a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, it was found that Chamomile tea contains apigenin, a chemical found in your body that helps you to relax and sleep.
Did you know that vanilla also helps with stress and anxiety?
This could be why we grab all things that are vanilla flavored in the winter months. It helps us to feel comfy and cozy and calm after a day out in the harsh weather.
Vanilla has become the basis for many perfumes as well, due to its ability to calm. When we smell something vanilla, we tend to think of our childhoods and the safety of being at home. So, if you start to feel a bit restless or in a tizzy, eat or drink something that is vanilla-flavored. After all, it’s nature’s way of giving you a nice warm hug!
Lather Up With Lavender
Lavender is the “go to” for those looking for a natural remedy to cure anxiety. The smell of lavender instantly calms the mind.
Not only does it taste great when brewed in a tea, if added to a bath or as a lotion, it will leave your skin feeling baby soft and you sleeping like a newborn.
Millions of practitioner can’t be wrong! Yoga makes you feel good. You spend all of your time focusing on your breathing and your flexibility that your mind pushes out the anxiety and stress that may be plaguing you.
Yoga has swept across the Western Hemisphere, not only because it is fun, challenging, and self rewarding, but also because practicing yoga helps to make you aware of your internal energies.
Time spent practicing yoga can be used as a relaxing and meditative daily routine, making yourself aware of your emotions, as well as the outside factors that may cause your anxiety in the first place.
You have many options to choose from when looking for a natural way to overcome anxiety. You will see that having it doesn’t mean that you have to dedicate your life to any specific pharmaceutical. Your anxiety can be managed with natural remedies. Always remember to consult your doctor prior to starting any treatment, whether it involves the use of medicine or natural and alternative remedies.