Natural Ways To Lower Anxiety
Reduce Stress and Anxiety Naturally
Do you or someone close to you suffer from anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. And boy are we living in the wildest example of uncertain outcomes.
The coronavirus pandemic is a guaranteed anxiety trigger.
The good news is, there are several natural ways that you can help to relieve your anxiety, or at least lessen its intensity.
I’ve curated a list of vitamins, herbs, and supplements to help.
Herbs to Curb Anxiety
Ashwagandha is an herb traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. Considered adaptogenic, it’s classified as a healing plant that helps protect, restore, and balance your body. Ashwagandha can help you sleep better while it helps to balance hormones which contribute to anxiousness.
Kava is a drink made from the root of the piper methysticum tree found in the south Pacific. Upon ingestion, it c
reates a numbing effect on your body, giving you a relaxed feeling all over. Kava calms anxiety and stress because it immediately affects the brain and parts of the central nervous system. While it’s available in the U.S., several other countries no longer allow it on the market due to concerns it may cause liver damage or even death.
L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea. Its benefits include reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety. While it helps with calmness and focus, you’d have to drink about 20 cups of green tea to get what a supplement can provide.
People have used Lemon Balm to reduce their anxiety for hundreds of years. But taking too much can actually trigger anxious feelings. That's why small doses are best. Take this calming, lemon-scented herb from the mint family, in capsule form, tincture, or drink it as a tea.
Another plant used to calm anxiety is Rhodiola. It's an adaptogen – meaning it helps strengthen your body’s response to physical and psychological stress. Long used in Russia and Scandinavian countries, Rhodiola may help regulate your heartbeat and protect your cells from damage.
Ancient Greeks and Romans used valerian root as a sleep aid and to calm stress. People still use it for the same purposes today. This flowering plant is a traditional herbal sleep remedy that comes in capsule form.
Vitamins and Minerals to Lessen Anxiousness
B Vitamins are mood stabilizers and stress reducers. One of the signs of a vitamin B6 deficiency is anxiousness. V
itamin B6 can also help balance your blood sugar, maintain your nervous system health, and boost your overall mood.
If you’re deficient in magnesium, you might start experiencing symptoms of anxiety. While your body doesn’t need much magnesium, it’s an essential mineral for basic function.
More Calming Effects
GABA is short for gamma-aminobutyric acid. It’s both a neurotransmitter and an amino acid in your brain and it’s vital for producing serotonin in your body. GABA helps regulate your moods and aids in relaxation.
You’ve probably seen lavender pillow spray, lavender body washes, and lavender candles. These products tout how effective lavender is at creating peacefulness. Lavender essential oils can do the same thing. Put a drop on your collarbone or rub a bit into your temples to help you relax.
Many of us feel heightened anxiety right now. If you have trouble coping, I recommend that you reach out to a practitioner for guidance.
While there are several natural remedies for anxiousness, it’s important to have a professional provide you with a plan tailored to your exact needs.
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To your health,
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