6 Natural Remedies For Anxiety Relief

6 Natural Remedies For Anxiety Relief

For anyone that has ever experienced anxiety, they know that feeling anxious can be an all-consuming feeling that occupies your mind and significantly slows down your day. With so many different things that can weigh on your mind on any given day from money, work, health, family, love to name a few, it’s perfectly normal to experience feelings of anxiety. However, when left untreated it can escalate and not only interfere with how you cope with daily life and with your sleep patterns, but it can also affect your personal and professional life and relationships. Fortunately, before turning to medication, there are a few natural remedies you can try to help calm your mind and reduce that dreaded anxious feeling. Keep in mind though, while natural remedies can work wonders for an occasional sense of anxiousness it is also important to seek professional help if it worsens or persists. Here are 6 natural remedies to try for anxiety relief.

Drink Chamomile Tea 

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Chamomile tea contains the chemicals apigenin and luteolin, which promote relaxation, as well as a compound called Matricaria recutita that affects the same brain receptors as Valium does. The compound binds to the part of the brain that works to reduce your anxiety. Studies have shown that drinking three cups of chamomile tea when you are feeling particularly anxious can help to calm you down. A study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Centre also found that participants who took a chamomile supplement for eight weeks had a decrease in anxiety symptoms.   

Inhale Lavender 

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Studies have linked the smell of lavender to reduced demonstrated. One study found that people who were massaged with a lavender scented oil had reduced blood pressure after that. Another study found students in Florida who inhaled lavender before an exam had less anxiety throughout it. While one German study found that when a specially formulated lavender pill was administered to people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, it worked as effectively as the prescription anxiety medication lorazepam (this lavender pill is not currently available in North America). Drop a few drops of lavender oil onto your pillow, or add a few drops to a diffuser or into a cup of boiling water and inhale.

Eat Breakfast Every Day

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People who suffer from anxiety tend to skip breakfast more often than individuals who do not. Not only can hunger lead to feelings of anxiousness but breakfast is also the perfect opportunity to consume foods that are shown to decrease anxiety. In particular, Omega 3’s which can be found in walnuts and flaxseeds (think granola), and choline, which is found in eggs. Eggs are one of the top natural sources of choline and studies have shown that lower levels of choline are associated with an increase in anxiety. As for Omega 3’s, studies have shown that they lower your stress levels (adrenaline and cortisol) while lifting your mood. 

Take An L-lysine Supplement

L-lysine is an amino-acid and is a building block of the building blocks of protein. It has an array of health benefits from boosting your immune system and increasing collagen production to treating herpes and reducing stress levels. Studies have illustrated that individual’s who regularly consume an l-lysine supplement have lower levels of stress hormones and fewer symptoms of anxiety. While l-lysine can be found in food such as meat, beans, and fish, it is advisable to also take it in a supplement form to ensure that you are receiving enough of it. 

Get Outside

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Being outdoors and in particular, exercising outdoors can be one of the best ways to reduce your stress levels. While the fresh air in itself can help to lower stress levels, the sunshine will also provide you with Vitamin D, which is vital for decreasing anxiety and depression. Also, studies have shown that only 21-minutes of exercise a day will boost your mood and reduce your stress levels.  

Watch Your Diet

There is no way around the fact that a balanced diet, is the key to a happier and healthier life. While too much of one thing may increase your anxiety, not enough of another thing can also increase it, so it’s all about striking a balance. Studies have shown that coffee, alcohol, and sugar can be the cause of increased anxiety. Similarly, deficiencies in vitamin B12, Zinc and Magnesium can also cause stress. So if you are feeling anxious, it may be time to cut back on caffeine, booze, and sweets while increasing your intake of those vital vitamins either through diet or through supplements. Salmon, tuna, mussels, clams, beef, and yogurt are just a few good, natural sources of B12. Zinc can be found in oysters, beef, pumpkin seeds, to name a few, and magnesium is in beans, nuts, and leafy greens. 


K. T. Edwards

K. T. Edwards graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in Media Production and English. She also studied Creative Writing at Oxford University and contributes to various media outlets. IG: @k.tea.edwards

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