When anxiety hits, you look for instant relief like a pleasing fragrance, a chamomile tea or a light peaceful music. Here are 7 natural ways to ward off that frustrating anxiety and associated stress.
You’re anxious, freaked, worried. May be you are upset about work, money, health, family, or love. Your heartbeat is at its peak, rapid and shallow breath, and your mind turns into an imagining doom. In such a condition, you crave if you could relax!! And you look out for medications for quick relief!!!
There are many nondrug remedies for anxiety, including both mind-body techniques and soothing teas.
Have a look!!!
- Three cups of Chamomile Tea and its gone – Yes, tea has always been a stress reliever, especially one made up with Chamomile. Chamomile contains chemicals that promote relaxation – Apigenin and Luteolin. According a study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, it was found that people with anxiety disorder who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks experienced a significant reduction in anxiety symptoms compared to patients who were given placebo.
- Breathe in Lavender – A study found that people receiving a massage with lavender oil were more positive and had less anxiety than those who had a lavender-free massage. When dying of anxiety, put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow, or while bathing, or add a few drops to boiling water and inhale for a quick calm-me-down. If not any of this, you can even dab a few drops right on your skin. Don’t worry, there’s no harm as it can be applied directly on the skin. In a study done at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, people undergoing MRIs who breathed vanilla-scented air had 63% less anxiety than those who breathed unscented air.
- Cut Down Caffeine – Caffeine increases your energy, making you jittery and anxious. Hence, start reducing the coffee intake by a cup a day and check if you notice any decrease in your anxiety symptoms. You can also switch to a drink with less caffeine and more health benefits, like green or herbal tea. Make sure you aren’t taking any other source of caffeine that may be in your diet including soda, tea, chocolate, and some over-the-counter medications like Excedrin or Midol.
- Laugh it off – Karen Lynn Cassiday, PhD, president-elect of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and a clinical psychologist in Chicago recommends cultivating a good sense of humor and laugh. “Even if you do a fake laugh, you get an instant hit of dopamine,” says Dr. Cassiday. Dopamine is a brain chemical responsible for controlling feelings of reward and pleasure. If you’re too anxious to laugh on your own, try using technology, she suggests. For instance, find a laugh track phone app. Just Google phone apps for laughing.
- Face the fear – This is probably the most significant natural to fight anxiety – be realistic and have the courage to face the fear. Your positive attitude is your strength. “If something makes you scared, face it,” says Cassiday. If you feel shy, go out to social functions, she says. Scared of clowns? Go to the circus.
It can help you to understand that when you worry about what might happen, your anxiety level just rises. She explains that your anxious worry is about the uncertainty. “What a worrier really wants is a promise that everything is going to be OK.” However uncertainty is a part of life, she says. Hence, exposure therapy, facing the fear can help you learn to live with risk and uncertainty.