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Help For Anxiety - Home Remedies to Relieve Anxiety

Updated on September 1, 2011

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While it seems that more people are suffering from anxiety lately due to these crazy times, many people prefer using alternative options for anxiety as opposed to taking prescription medications.

There are quite a few reasons why a person might not want to take prescription medication such as:

  • fear of physical dependency on anti-depressants
  • Not having an appropriate prescription plan that will cover the medication
  • fear of unpleasant side effects
  • the anxiety symptoms might not be severe enough to warrant prescription medication

Luckily there are quite a few home remedies you can try to reduce or eliminate anxiety naturally that do not require a doctors visits.

Here are some effective home remedies for anxiety.

Exercise

One of the best and most natural ways to reduce anxiety is simple exercise. While your current schedule might not allow you hours at the gym every week, you will find that even walking for a simple 20 minutes a day can work wonders in helping you relieve stress. Get off your bus or train one or two stops early and walk the rest of the way to work. You can do the same at night by walking to the next stop than you would normally take or you can try walking for about 15 or 20 minutes after dinner.

If you happen to have the luxury of an extra half hour in the morning or afternoon, yoga is another great exercise you can try right in your own home by purchasing a Yoga dvd or video tape. Yoga does wonders in reducing anxiety.


Meditation and/or Deep Breathing Exercises

Doing meditation and/or deep breathing exercises is another one of the most effective techniques you can use to help reduce or relieve anxiety naturally.

These exercises can be done on a daily basis to maintain calmness or can be used in the moment to relieve anxiety such as during a panic or anxiety attack.

There are a bunch of free websites you can visit that will show you how to use these instant relaxation techniques that can have you feeling calmer in as little as 15 minutes. If you type in "anxiety deep breathing" or "anxiety meditation" in Youtube you will find a bunch of videos that will help you as well.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is another wonderful and natural tool you can use to help with anxiety.

Certain aromas have a naturally calming influence on the nervous system such as:

  • Orange Peel
  • Vanilla
  • Lavendar
  • Rose
  • Sandlewood
  • Chamomile

The best thing about aromatherapy is all the different ways you can use it. Diffusers are great because you can use them in your home or office and all you need to do is add a few drops of your most calming scented oils.

Candles are also available in these scents so they can be used during the special occasions that warrant them, such as during meditation or deep breathing exercises.

A few drops of scented oils in a hot bathtub has the double benefit of calming your spirits as well as your tense muscles.

Many of these scents also come in the form of a perfumes. A few drops on your wrist and you will have your calming agent with you at all times. Simply inhale a few times a day if you feel anxiety building.


Drink Calming Teas

Nature provides its own anti anxiety remedy in the form of tea. This is especially true of Green Tea or teas containing L-Theanine. Another tea that is very popular for its natural calming ability is Valerian tea. You can purchase this pre-made or brew your own tea from powdered valerian root. Last, but definitely not least, is feverfew herb which can also be bought pre-made or can be brewed.

These teas are awesome stress relievers and healthy for you at the same time.

Note: Most of these teas are naturally decaffeinated, but in some cases you might want to check the labels of pre-made varieties such as green tea. To obtain the maximum calming effects, caffeinated tea is a definite no-no.


Take Vitamin B6 and B12 Supplements

Not only can taking B6 or B12 supplements help to relieve anxiety, it has been found that a severe deficiency in B6 can actually be the cause of your anxiety in the first place.

Other common symptoms of a Vitamin B6 deficiency include, dry skin, hair loss, fatigue, cramping, irritability and sometimes even dandruff.

If you find that you are suffering from many of these symptoms, a B6 supplement might be all you need to get you back to feeling like your old self.

B12 is another vitamin that can help greatly reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

A quick blood test done by your doctor will be able to tell you if you are deficient in either of these vitamins. A doctor might even recommend some B12 shots to get you going again as quickly as possible.

Many anxiety sufferers have claimed to feel like completely different people within just two weeks of taking these supplements.

Note: While you can purchase B6 or B12 supplements over the counter, too much of these vitamins can actually have adverse side effects, so in this case it is important that you consult with a doctor before taking.

Try Niacinamide

Niacinamide is another member of the vitamin B family (B3 specifically). Like its B6 and B12 cousins, it is also known to help greatly in reducing anxiety. (It is especially effective in treating social anxiety.)

It is also known to be a wonderful sleep aid that has little to no side effects.

Note: Because recommended doses can vary extremely however, this is another vitamin that requires a doctors consult before taking.

Try EFT

EFT or the Emotional Freedom Technique, is one of the quickest and easiest ways to relieve many anxieties in as little as 10 minutes.

It is a process where you tap on certain meridian points of the body with your fingers to help release stress and anxiety almost instantly.

While the process may seem a little strange to you at first, I promise if you try it, you will be amazed.

It works similar to acupuncture, but with no needles necessary. You can learn to do it yourself for free in minutes. Simply click here: Learn EFT For Free.


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