Make marijuana brownies other than that CHOCOLATE... j/k
The best my wife has come up with as far as food goes is chamomile tea, a little dark chocolate, aromatherapy and exercise. Me, I just don't sweat the small stuff, and any problem causing anxiety that can be handled even by the slightest bit really is small stuff. Hang in there and much luck to you. I will have to pop over and read some of your articles.
There are several herbs that supposedly calm anxiety but I would not list them as that might be giving folks wrong information. I would consult with an herbalist or a health food store, although some of these people are not very informed. The problem with herbs and such is that they DO act like medicines so the most reliable source of information would be a naturopath or a certified herbalist and not a store worker! It is important to know that herbs and over-the-counter supplements of any kind can cause all kinds of heart irregularities and systemic problems so like medicines, be well informed before you use them.
All that said, cutting back on caffeine if you use it is a great way to reduce anxiety naturally and there are other techniques as well that I've found really work.
You can research natural or holistic methods for reducing anxiety on the Internet as well, but again, have a care for your health and well being and if you are going to try some of them and they are herbal or over-the-counter, consult with someone professional before using. Good luck!
I would suggest using the most powerful object you have to eliminate your anxiety- your brain.
Usually, if you would like to get rid of any form of anxiety, it boils down to mind over matter...as long as you don't mind, it won't matter.
If you mind, then it matters.
Anxiety is just another emotion, some people rather have other people try to figure out how to fix, when the actual solution is within yourself.
And on a side note, since my statement is pretty much generalized for a suited purpose- I'm pretty sure people will be glad to tell me how "their" anxiety is more of this or more of that or only occurs when whatever happens or they are different....and to them...I say, hogwash!
I think watching a lot of funny movies, reading humorous books, keeping busy and meditating would be a good idea. It's not a good thing to get into the habit of using drugs to alter your mood.
I agree with this reply. Your anxiety is completely natural - I read your other thread about what you are going through but didn't comment because I had nothing to add, but I do feel for you.
Seeing that your feelings of anxiety are completely natural under the circumstances, I would keep myself busy so that I didn't have time to dwell on the problem, thus reducing anxiety.
...hmmmmm...not sure about the food types...but some of the vitamins and nutritional value from natural juices could be good...i'd google some; i get into juicing vegs/fruits from time to time; I guess stay away from foods with a lot of sugars in them.
a vitamin shop i go to has some really good natural rememdies - the staff are usually quite knowledgeable. there are many natural stress/anxiety relief type products available - some work; some don't....esential oils can be really soothing too I find or some other method around natural scents...you'd have to determine the scent that has a calming affect for you...most of the types will have a description of the use for it. i like burning incense too - the type depends on the mood I'm after....i tend to burn more in the winter months when it's dark and gloomy - it does something for me. i have a favourite shop where I buy my natural incense.
meditation - like through yoga can be quite refreshing and calming - but that isn't food stuff.
hope some of this info helped!
deep breathing, any form of yoga can help naturally.
a hot cup of green tea can be soothing. a walk.
recently I wrote a hub about practicing presence, it may help, Kristie.
Yes, choline and inositol and a few other things. You can google them. Choline calms racing thoughts and inositol helps calm the nervous system. I've written a hub about anxiety/panic. The stuff works and doesn't leave you with the awful side effects and addiction of meds.
Dark chocolate (70% dark or greater)
Blueberries (I've become addicted to them an eat a cup each morning!) I seriously think they positively impact my brain chemical levels because I really do crave them.
Cut out all caffeinated beverages, they cause a huge production of cortisol which causes a lot of anxiety that you can't really place why you're having it. (the worst kind, in my opinion!)
If you must drink coffee, limit yourself to one cup a day, before noon and no later. I noticed a HUGE difference after mostly cutting it out. I drink iced coffee only 3x a week now around 9am and feel so much better.
licorice root tea - it can't hurt you, and you can make it very strong and just sip it until you feel calmer. I also use valerian, but I save it for really really heavy duty anxiety, can't sleep kinda anxiety times. It is a good idea to read about herbs and use them with caution - the book The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra is my favorite.
I've always used Bach Flower Remedies for such problems. They really are amazing. Take a look around the web for more info.
You might find something here:
http://www.boironusa.com/productslist.a … mp;pcat=11
They have a lot of natural remedies.
you need to consult a proper aromatherapist, but I think that Frankinsense, Clary Sage and lavender are good for anxiety.
Valarian Root is supposed to be real good. You can buy them in tablet form at a health food store.
This isn't a healthy long-term solution, but the following "evil" foods/drink have been effective for me. My approach goes against a whole lot of conventional wisdom you may hear these days (and it REALLY goes against healthy-eating/drinking rules), but it's not without its scientific basis.
What works for me (believe it or not) is two big, giant, cups of hot, not-too-strong, coffee with lots and lots of light cream and one level teaspoon of plain, old, sugar. (I mean some basic, non-dark-roast-type, coffee - like Maxwell House Original, mixed using less coffee than the can recommends). So, by the time I've eliminated some of the caffeine by making it mild, and then added a high percentage of light cream (so the coffee is just this side of tasting like coffee ice cream), I think the caffeine issue isn't a big factor. I think the fat in the light cream is calming (fat is calming); and - I don't know - I think the sugar (which I normally don't use) offers that little "mental energy boost".
Other things I've found to work: Two dark Lindt truffles.
A tuna salad sandwich (protein, fats, carbohydrate). Add a Coke (sugar and lots of sodium) and/or a few potato chips (carbs, fats, more sodium). (A few years ago news reports were that McLean Hospital, a mental-health facility, in Belmont, MA found tuna to have some effectiveness when compared to anti-depressants - so it isn't just me who noticed this about tuna salad.)
Nobody would want to turn this "food-as-tranquilizer" approach into a long-term habit; but when you're particularly stressed out and anxious, your body requires (and may even crave) high-energy foods (and if you're under long-term stress, maybe salt) as a way of getting out of a stress-response mode (anxiety and generally feeling bad). The reason some people crave fats and carbs is that their body is telling them that's what it needs to get out of a stress-response mode. Even if you're not craving this stuff, that doesn't mean it still won't help (at least some) to calm down. (I only rarely resort to the tuna sandwich thing or chocolate. The "evil" light-coffee thing, though - that's the one I rely on fairly often.
Get a nice potpourri scent (or even Glade plug-in) that makes you feel calmer going. Maybe get some fresh air and/or change the lighting so it encourages less frazzle-ment. (I've been known to just "inhale" the right Yankee potpourri tart in its wrapped - and even that can seem to help. (Just get a scent that makes you feel really good. Other people's ideas of "calming scents" may not always work for you.)
In my old country people use valerianum drops all the time. They are more "pleasant", because tea tastes awful and might add to your anxiety, and smells awful too! 5 drops of liquid valerianum and some water to swallow on top of it before going to bed might do wonders here! And light supper without too much sweet things might help. And no coffee, please. And it's all tried and true, not old grannies' tales.
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