Everyone gets nervous and stressed from time to time, but for some people, feelings of dread, worry, and panic can become frequent and overwhelming. If you are one of those people, a visit with your doctor, therapist or other healthcare professional might help to find a solution that works best for you, especially if your anxiety is severe. There are many effective pharmaceutical treatments for anxiety. However, many people also find tremendous relief in natural techniques, which, by the way, will also promote better overall health.
Here are some natural calming options, which, when incorporated into your lifestyle, will help to calm your fears and prevent anxiety in the future.
Breathe easy with lavender oil: Many people experience enormous benefits from essential oils and aroma therapy. In addition to its heavenly scent, lavender is well known for its soothing and sedative effects when its fragrance is inhaled. Add a few drops to your bath, dab some on your pillow, or massage a fe drops to your palms and wrists and inhale.
Practice meditation: The benefits of meditation are well established, and chief among them is its ability to calm an overactive. Studies show that subjects who participated in four 20-minute mindfulness meditation classes experienced a significant reduction of anxiety in every session. Even just a few minutes of meditation can have an enormous impact!
Exercise regularly: Getting regular exercise is enormously beneficial infighting depression, managing stress, and reducing daily anxiety. In one clinical study, participants with panic disorder exercised for 30-40 minutes three times a week for 10 weeks and experienced almost the same benefit as treatment with medication. Incredible!
Drink chamomile tea: What could be more soothing than a cup of chamomile tea? There’s science to prove its therapeutic effects are real. Researchers found that patients who took chamomile extract experienced a significantly greater reduction in anxiety than those who took a placebo.
Cut down on caffeine: If you have ever felt jittery after drinking too much coffee, it’s because caffeine has very real neuropsychiatric effects on your brain that can exacerbate anxiety and sleep issues. Sometimes called “the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world,” caffeine can over-stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. Try cutting down on coffee and black tea and see if you feel calmer!