Reduce Your Daily Anxiety With These Natural Herbs And Supplementation
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Your heart starts racing.
You avoid certain situations because of how they make you feel.
You have panic attacks that seem to come out of nowhere.
Anxiety disorders affect an estimated 40 million Americans.
It’s perfectly fine and normal to feel stress in certain situations and to even worry about an issue or a problem that you might be having. However, when someone suffers from anxiety, it’s more than just worry and stress.
Sometimes having anxiety can leave you without the ability to function and it can make you feel completely worthless.
When you suffer with anxiety for more than 6 months on a daily basis, that is when it is considered as severe. Anxiety not only affects your thoughts, but it also shows physical symptoms:
- Insomnia or problems sleeping
- Shortness of breath
- Dry mouth
- Feeling of fear, panic, or uneasiness
- Cold or sweaty hands or feet
- Muscle tension
- Feeling of not being able to sit still and be calm
Feelings of anxiety can be caused by many different things such as the stress from a major life change or event like the loss of a job or a loved one, a phobia like the fear of heights or spiders, or even social anxiety and the fear of being around a large group of people.
Whatever the case may be for you, know that there is HOPE! It is possible to help anxiety with certain life changes – here are a few areas that can make the strongest impact.
Exercising is important for your body as well as your mind. It helps improve your mood by increasing the release of a chemical in your brain called serotonin, which is the “happy” chemical. Serotonin maintains your mood and feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Exercising also increases your energy and delivers nutrients and oxygen to your body tissues and organs.
Another way to help with your anxiety is to reduce your exposure to stressful situations. This may be hard to do, but it does help. You can also try to reduce your stress by practicing yoga or meditation or even talking it out with a counselor.
Avoid drinking anything with caffeine, including caffeinated tea, chocolate, coffee and sodas. One study that included healthy college students who were moderate to high coffee drinkers scored higher on a depression scale than students who were little to no coffee drinkers. This is because caffeine increases your blood sugar. Add the caffeine to sugar and it stresses out your brain.
You should also avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol is used by many people as a way to “self-medicate,” but in reality, alcohol only increases your anxiety and can lead to depression.
Magnesium: Magnesium nourishes your nervous system and aids in preventing anxiety, restlessness, fear and nervousness. It soothes your muscles and calms your mind, making it a natural relaxer.
According to one study, not having enough magnesium can cause your body to have feelings of anxiety. You can get additional magnesium from nuts and grains, beans, fish and dark green vegetables.
B Vitamins: Vitamin B helps in promoting a healthy immune system, circulation and red blood cell formation. Vitamin B1 regulates blood sugar which has an impact on anxiety. Vitamin B3 plays an important role in the synthesis and production of serotonin. Vitamin B5 supports your adrenal glands that help with modulating stress. Vitamin B is found in eggs, leafy green vegetables, salmon and peanuts.
St. John’s Wort: St. John’s Wort works as a natural antidepressant, which helps promote sound sleep and is beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia or low energy due to anxiety and depression. You can find St. John’s Wort as a dried herb for tea, as an extract, or in capsule form.
Chamomile: Chamomile is great for relaxation and also helps in relieving anxiety. A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine indicated that chamomile has remarkable benefits in helping anxiety. You can find chamomile as a tea, a dried herb and even in capsule form.
If you suffer from anxiety, there is a way to help it as well as manage the physical symptoms that it brings. The best thing to do when dealing with anxiety (or even a panic attack) is to remember that the stressful situation you are in is only temporary.
Being mindful and practicing yoga or meditation and trying one of these herbs and/or nutritional supplements won’t cure your anxiety, but they can certainly help in reducing the symptoms.
Do you have any other tips for helping cope with anxiety? Please share with us in the comments below, we would love to learn from your thoughts and experiences!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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