Simple Ways to Calm Anxiety Naturally
Anxiety is a miserable feeling that plagues a large part of the world. And from what I’ve seen, it tends to affect women more than men. The traditional way of dealing with it, at the moment, is through strong pharmaceutical drugs. While there’s nothing wrong with taking medication for your anxiety if you need it, some are looking for a more natural option to help manage their anxiety.
In this post, we’re going to identify several natural ways to calm your anxiety without the use of harsh pharmaceuticals containing tons of chemicals. Please note, if your medication helps you, then, by all means, do what helps you. I asked lots of women who suffer from anxiety some of the ways they’ve found to cope and these are some of the most popular comments I heard. So, let’s dive in!
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For many people, regular exercise and movement helps to ease anxiety. You see exercise releases endorphins which make you experience happiness while also distracting you from your anxiety. Many said a good cardio workout was helpful, as was yoga.
Exercising isn’t the only physical activity that can help to ease anxiety. Some find actively cleaning and organizing to be very relaxing. One friend said she loves to “rage clean” when she’s in one of her moods. Others find frequent long walks are more helpful in soothing their anxiety which may be easier for some than exercising at a gym. Give some physical activity a try. Find something you like to do so you don’t have to go outside of your comfort zone to do it.
Ease up on the Caffeine
It’s no surprise that caffeine can cause jitters and nervousness. So why would you add it on top of the nervousness and jitters you already have from your anxiety? New research shows that caffeine could cause anxiety disorders or even worsen them. It can also be responsible for panic attacks in people with panic disorder.
Removing caffeine from your diet could help to ease your anxiety without the help of pharmaceuticals. It’s important to note, however, if you’re going to cut out caffeine, please don’t do it cold turkey. You need to slowly ween caffeine out of your diet incrementally like you would a medicine. Otherwise, you could experience headaches and other adverse effects. If you drink lots of coffee, start by cutting one cup, then two.
Start Eating Healthier
I really should have listed this first! The food you eat is the best medicine available to you. Low blood sugar, chemicals found in many processed foods, and dehydration can all be responsible for mood changes in people. Eating a lot of highly sugary foods can also contribute to mood changes and anxiety.
If you’ve found your anxiety to be getting worse, check out your diet. Eliminate processed and high sugar foods. You need to drink plenty of water. If you’re like me and get tired of drinking water, add some citrus to your water. Lime water is my new favorite! Also, make sure your diet consists of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and lots of organic fruits and vegetables. I also really feel strongly about taking vitamins. Be sure to read more about your nutritional needs here.
Try a Cup of Chamomile Tea
Another simple way to calm anxiety is with tea. Chamomile tea has long been known for its calming benefits. It’s been a common household remedy for nervousness and insomnia since the dawn of time. A study conducted in 2009 showed chamomile as a powerful treatment for generalized anxiety disorder.
A nice cup of chamomile tea can really help to calm your nerves and soothe your anxiety. Why not give it a try; what have you got to lose?
Meditate, Pray and Breathe Deeply
Both meditation and deep breathing exercises can do wonders for your anxiety. The idea behind meditation is to remove the chaotic thoughts from your mind and replace them with mindfulness and calm. This brings you more fully to the present moment. This can help to soothe your anxiety and ease your worry.
Deep breathing can have a similar effect on those with an anxiety disorder. Regular deep breathing exercises (deliberately taking deep, even, slow breaths) can help you to slow your breathing, calm yourself, and even ease panic attacks.
Prayer, which is similar to meditation can be helpful. Reading scripture or saying a rosary can help to divert your mind while focusing on building your faith. I think prayer also gives you a greater sense of hope and peacefulness.
CBD Oil and Essential Oils
The use of CBD oil and essential oils for anxiety was something many say they use. With the increased popularity in these 2 types of oils, finding good quality oils from reputable companies should be the highest priority. With your essential oils, if you can smell them and they are pleasing to you, go with your nose. If you find they have a harsh chemical smell to them, pass them up.
Some great essential oils for anxiety include Bergamot, RomanCamomile, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang. One of my favorite blends from Youngevity essential oils is called Prosperity. I diffuse this oil and find it helps to clear my mind and foster positive thoughts. You can diffuse these oils or apply them to your skin (please dilute if they are not already diluted in a rollerball). You may also choose to put a scent on a diffuser necklace.
I choose to get my oils from Youngevity. I like the fact that they offer some low-cost options like roller bottles that are ready to use. I’ve also recommended a couple of other oils that Youngevity does not carry but feel they are very beneficial. This post lists some other essential oils that help with stress also.
CBD oil is SUCH an amazing natural remedy when it comes to anxiety. If you want to to learn more about CBD oil and all its benefits, be sure to read the article about CBD Oil.
Wondering how pets can play a role in helping with anxiety. I really feel like your animals can sense your emotions. Getting down and snuggling with your pet can bring a sense of calmness to your spirit. If your pet isn’t the snuggling type, then take them for a walk. You will both benefit! And if you don’t have a pet – well, then go check out that cat cafe where you can go and pet cats while you have some decaf coffee or an herbal tea.
Anxiety and anxiety disorders seem to be running rampant in our nation today. The most common treatments for anxiety are pharmaceutical medicines loaded with chemicals. Some people are looking for a less harsh option and perhaps want to explore some natural remedies before taking the medicine route. Granted, I also spoke to many women who used both meds and natural remedies with much success. I hope that, through this article, you gained knowledge of several natural treatment options with simple ways to calm your anxiety. I also hope you will find an option that works best for you!
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