If you are suffering from the effects of anxiety, you know what a debilitating feeling it is, not to feel in control of your body and mind.
While there are several prescription drugs that treat anxiety, many of them have serious side effects and can be addictive. For that reason, the Editorial Team at 50 PLUS REPORT researched some successful alternative treatments.
We have found 8 alternative remedies that have had successful results:
1. Inhale lavender. Lavender is a traditional folk remedy for sleeplessness. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety. You might consider putting lavender essential oil in a bath, or simply put it in simmering water and inhale it. Products like lavender-scented linen spray may also be helpful for soothing anxiety at nigh. There are also lavender soy candles that are great to light and enjoy the soothing effect of the scent that fills the room.
2. Drink chamomile tea. Chamomile has long been used as a sleep aid, but it turns out it can work for anxiety too. It binds with the same neuroreceptors as drugs like valium.
3. Add Omega-3’s to your diet. You probably already know that Omega-3, the oil found in cold-water fish such as salmon and mackerel, is good for your heart. It can decrease your risk of getting heart disease, according to a recent study by Penn State nutritionists. It can also help with anxiety and depression. While Omega-3 is available as a supplement, it’s better to get it from food if you can. If you’re not a fan of fish, try flaxseed oil or chia seeds to get your daily dose.
4. Take Valerium root. Valerian helps stimulate the production of a neurotransmitter called GABA, which can help to ease both depression and anxiety. Valerian is available both as a tea and as an herbal supplement.
5. Drink green tea. Old woman with a handkerchief at home Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. If you are worried about sleep, make sure to drink decaffeinated green tea.
6. Do breathing exercises. Anxiety can make you feel as if you are out of control, and controlling your breathing can help reinforce the ide that you do nave control. The 4-7-8 breathing exercise is easy to do. Exhale completely through your mouth, then inhale for a count of four through your nose. Hold your breath for a count of 7, then breathe out through your mouth for a count of 8. This will create a calming effect that can control the anxious feelings.
7. Take passionflower. This plant is a natural sedative that can help with anxiety. It is available as a supplement. It is also used as a natural treatment for insomnia.
8. Exercise and meditation. Exercising regularly and practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, T’ai chi or progressive relaxation can help relieve anxiety disorders. Your routine should include cardiovascular exercise, which burns lactic acid, produces mood-enhancing chemicals called endorphins, and causes the body to use oxygen more efficiently.
It is recommended to consult your doctor or health care provider before using any health treatment — including herbal supplements and natural remedies — and tell your doctor if you have a serious medical condition or are taking any medications. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended as substitute for medical counseling.
Article Courtesy of 50 PLUS REPORT Editorial Team