Anxiety and many of its variants (panic attacks, social anxiety, etc.) affect many of us and in some cases it can hinder our daily lives. There’s many prescription drugs that help people with serious anxiety issues, however, you might want to try these remedies to further help your anxiety or to have natural alternatives.
- Teas: tea is a lovely drink many enjoy but there are also a variety of herbs that help relax your nervous system such as chamomile, linden and green tea.
Exercise:being physically active helps you release endorphins which in turn, make you feel more active, energetic and happier. Through exercise you may also release pent-up energy from emotions.
Improve your Diet: there’s many supplements and essential vitamins that, when taken regularly, have been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and stress levels greatly. To name a few: Omega-3 acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Lysine, Vitamin B-12, Magnesium and many others.
Cut down on the Caffeine: coffee, sodas, energy drinks and any other drinks containing caffeine should be cut down to a minimum perhaps two cups a day or less.
Laugh: it takes our brains less than 10 seconds to reduce Cortisol levels when laughing (Cortisol is aka the stress hormone). It’s also been proven that the brain releases dopamine almost instantly after laughing. So watch funny videos, look up for a prank or try to remember a funny event when you’re in need of a quick fix for sudden anxiety.
Sleep: make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Most adults need 8 hours of sleep whereas teen agers might need up to 10 hours. Each person is different, therefore, find out what’s the optimal amount of sleep you need to feel well-rested and refreshed.
Relax: there’s many relaxation techniques and practices you can choose from to help yourself relax. You can try mindfulness, meditation, yoga, guided relaxation, going to a spa for a massage or using massage machines and many others.
Seek help: do you have someone to talk to about your anxiety or insecurities? A family member, partner or friend? It’s always good to have someone you can trust and talk to about your anxiety, it’s also good to have a professional you can talk to and that helps you monitor your symptoms, improvement and gives you tools to further control your anxiety.