Do anxious feelings keep you from enjoying life? Natural relief for anxiety strategies, herbs, and remedies can help you calm your fears and enjoy new life experiences that come your way.
Feeling anxious and fearful is normal when you are facing change and new situations, especially when its a big step outside your comfort zone, even if it's something you want. Your subconscious minds inherently does not like change, so anything new is perceived as a threat to your survival. The all too familiar feelings of distress are triggered in an attempt to keep you from moving forward. That may be good if you truly are putting yourself in danger. It is not so good when it keeps you from new experiences that can enrich your life.
A little nervousness is not a bad thing. It heightens your awareness and signals your mind and body that you need to be on your game.
It shows you care and can motivate you to move forward or do a better job at something.
Sometimes, though,you may feel so anxious that you behave in unhealthy ways or avoid doing things you would like to do. Instead of working in your favor, your feelings shut you down and work against you.
I am all too familiar with that, especially when it comes to public speaking.
Just the thought of getting in front of people would get my heart racing and my hands sweating. I see stars, hear pounding in my ears, lose my voice, and hyperventilate. Even though I have learned to manage my feelings, I still do not feel the level of enjoyment I would love to feel. I look experiencing that enjoyment in the future!
And I encourage you, too. Don't let your nerves get the best of you and limit your life. The more you put yourself out there, the more comfortable it gets. Today is a new day. Take control. Put these natural relief for anxiety cures into practice for more ease and and enhanced sense of inner freedom and enjoyment of life.
Anxiety natural remedies and tips seem deceptively simple and silly in light of your feelings of great distress. As with other relaxation techniques, don't be fooled by their simplicity. Give them a fair try before deciding whether they work for you or not. It takes time to retrain your system to respond in appropriate rather than exaggerated ways.
You will find that some suggestions are more useful as you anticipate an event while others are better in the moment. Use them to calm yourself instead of letting your stress response spiral beyond what you are capable of handling in a healthy way.
Note: Seek assistance from a licensed health care provider for severe, chronic anxiety requiring medical attention. These natural relief for anxiety remedies are helpful for everyday anxious feelings. Ask your doctor about using them as complements to your treatment. Avoid herbs and supplements that interact negatively with your medications.
Get grounded and keep your attention in the present moment. Natural relief for anxiety begins in your head. Staying grounded and present will do much to keep anxious thoughts and feelings under control. There are several ways to accomplish this. Experiment and practice and see what works best for you.
It is the projecting of your attention and energy into the unwanted past and future that gives them rise. The brain signals danger, obliteration, death, risk - run! Bringing your attention to the present keeps those feelings from accelerating.
For an illustration about how thoughts create anxiety, and how you can disarm and shift those thoughts, watch this video of a woman fearful about her future.
When you stay present to your body and to the moment, (unless you are actually in danger), you remain calm or help yourself calm down.
Note: I was tempted to redo this video before posting it. This is the first video I ever made and it's obvious how nervous I am. That's why I decided to leave it. Notice how much more relaxed I am at the end. Unchecked, my anxiety normally escalates. What better way to demonstrate how effective natural relief for anxiety can be. I hope it helps you too.
Other natural relief for anxiety techniques include:
Always check with your physician or pharmacist before using anxiety natural herbs and supplements. While generally safe, they can negatively interact with your medications.
In a clinical study, a special form of low-dose Echinacea angustifolia showed similar results to chlordiazepoxide without the negative side effects. Volunteers with mild anxiety took a 20 mg tablet twice a day for the one-week study. It is even safe for children. (study published in Phytotherapy Research)
Kava kava is especially helpful if you feel anxious in social situations. It stimulates dopamine receptors and induces feelings of euphoria to boost mood and reduce anxiety. A randomized controlled trial found that kava is useful as a first-line therapy for generalized anxiety disorder.
Valerian root increases levels of GABA in the brain. GABA is an amino acid that helps relax muscles and decrease anxiety in the nervous system.
Ashwagandha has been shown to be just as effective as certain medications for easing anxiety in some research studies. The average dose is 450 mg taken twice daily. It takes around a week or two to begin noticing results.
Calming teas and herbs provide natural relief for anxiety and other types of stress.
Essential oils are pleasurable, comforting natural remedies for anxiety. Enjoy a deep sniff of lavender, Roman chamomile, bergamot, rose, or frankincense to soothe your nerves and take the edge off.
Homeopathic aconite can help with anxiety following a trauma or fright. It is helpful if your symptoms include hot, sweaty palms, red face, weak limb, restlessness, fears, phobic feelings, startling easily and sensitivity to atmospheric changes.
A lack of vitamins and minerals in your body can cause a variety of unpleasant mood symptoms. Common deficiencies include B-vitamins, Omega 3 oil, magnesium, Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will provide your body with many of these nutrients.
L-Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, has been shown to have a soothing effect on moods. The average dose is 200 mg taken once daily.
Probiotics can provide natural relief for anxiety and may be exactly what you need, especially if your symptoms started after you were on a round of antibiotics.
If you suffer from an anxiety or mood disorder, new research shows that two probiotic organisms provide natural relief for anxiety. Study volunteers reported 50% reductions in depression, stress, and anxiety after 30 days use of a combination of Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum R0175. These two probiotics are specifically formulated for mental health. If this seems too good to be true, remember that your gut is your "second brain" and home to trillions of microorganisms that profoundly affect your body and communicate with it. (Gut Microbes 2011;2(4) 2516-261)
Prebiotic GOS has also been studied to help with anxiety. It feeds good gut bacteria to promote a healthy microbiome.
Like any kind of distress, fear is an inside job. The best natural relief for anxiety comes from inside you. As you do the inner work on yourself, and faithfully practice relieving anxiety, those feelings will loosen their hold on you.
For additional support, visit the Natural Stress Relief Guide for a wealth of information about the effects of stress and how to disarm it.
For a comprehensive natural anxiety relief plan, check out the Sound-Mind.org seven step recovery plan.
page updated 09/2019Source: Kava for the treatment of generalised anxiety disorder (K-GAD): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.