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Home Remedies For Anxiety - How To Beat Anxiety

Updated on January 30, 2015

Anxiety is a general term for various disorders causing fear, nervousness and worry. Many people suffer from symptoms before an important event, such as a show, an interview or an exam. This is considered perfectly normal. However, there are people who struggle with anxiety throughout their day-to-day lives - and this is when it becomes a problem. It can affect their sleep cycle, causing insomnia, it can affect their social life, their work life, their behaviour, etc.


Below are some helpful and natural ways to control anxiety symptoms.

Eat:

  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Avocados
  • Spinach
  • Eggs
  • Oats
  • Almonds

These foods all contain various nutrients, such as vitamin C, B vitamins, omega-3, magnesium and amino acids in protein which convert into serotonin.

Exercise

Research shows that it only takes a mere 21 minutes of exercise to significantly reduce your anxiety symptoms. Not only does exercise release endorphins which are the feel-good hormones, but also exercises increases your body heat which affects serotonin levels, leading to increased relaxation and overall happiness.

Heat

This is why you always feel better after a warm bath, a spell in the sauna, or simply just sitting in front of the fire with a hot cup of cocoa. Heating up your body relaxes your muscles and anxiety. As with exercise (see above) this alters your serotonin levels,

Breathe

Yoga breathing has been shown to be rather effective when it comes to relieving stress and anxiety. Experts say that it is impossible to breathe deeply and think anxious thoughts at the same time.

People breathe slowly when they get nervous and it's partly why people feel more relaxed after smoking a cigarette. Exhaling deeply has always been good for anxiety.

Omega-3

Stress chemicals - adrenaline and cortisol - are said to be lowered by Omega-3 fatty acids, which results in easing your anxiety symptoms and lifting your mood.

High amounts of these fatty acids can be found in walnuts, flax seeds, tuna, salmon, mussles and anchovies. Fish oil supplements can also boost your Omega intake, therefore fighting depression.

Lavender

Lavender has been proven to lower the systolic pressure (that's the top number when measuring your blood pressure) that’s associated with stress.

Lavender pills are available (not in the U.S.) and are said to rapidly reduce symptoms in people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. These tablets are in the same class as anti-anxiety medications as Valium.

Don't consume lavender. You can add a few drops to your bath, or a tissue / cup of hot water for inhaling.

Melatonin

Already found in the body, melatonin can be found in pill-form. It is mainly used for insomnia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), panic attacks and to curb withdrawal effects from smokers.

Hops

No, a pint of beer doesn't count.

Hops is a bitter herb (so it's usually added to a tea, such as chamomile, rather than by itself). It comes in tinctures, extracts and is used in aromatherapy.

Hops is a sedative, so please don't use this if you are already taking any prescription sedatives.

Valerian

Valerian, usually paired with hops, is strictly for helping you sleep. It is so effective the German government has approved it as treatment for insomnia.

Only take it at night or when you need to sleep. Do not use before driving long distances.

Chamomile

Chamomile contains chemicals which help you to relax, and bind to the same receptors in the brain as relaxants, such as Valium, does.

Passionflower

Another one approved by the German government is passionflower. A powerful sedative, passionflower is said to effectively help with nervous restlessness and insomnia.

Again, do not take with prescription sedatives. Do not take passionflower for over one month at a time.

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    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Managing anxiety is a daily regimen for me. It means getting plenty of sleep, exercising, eating high quality foods, managing stress, and working through problems as they arise. Deep breathing is a great help, especially when I am faced with worry over future events, or problem situations. Having a high quality support system is also a must!

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      Writing Freak 3 years ago

      I am sure exercise is the best of them all.. I personally use it. I will try to do an extensive feature on exercise in a week or so and incorporate my experience.

      Anyway, a great read, I will certainly be coming back to finish reading through this awesome list

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