Natural Treatments for Anxiety Symptoms
4 Effective Natural Treatments for Anxiety
The term “anxiety” covers a lot of different emotions. It can mean a feeling of worry, fearfulness, and nervousness, or can even cause the onset of panic attacks that can be very devastating. Treating anxiety runs the whole range from weekly therapy sessions, to prescription medications, to home remedies. Without judging any of these options here are four methods you can try that may well bring your anxiety symptoms under control without therapy and without prescription medications.
Remove All Caffeine from your Diet
Because caffeine is used in so many different products it is sometimes referred to as the most common drug. And avoiding all caffeine can be quite a challenge. Caffeine is used in soft drinks, tea, chocolate, coffee, energy drinks, pain relieving medication, headache medication and more. To avoid it completely, you will have to become accustomed to reading product labels very closely.
While caffeine is quickly absorbed by the bodies systems, it is also expelled quickly. To be certain that caffeine is not interrupting your sleep patterns, don’t consume any product containing it any later than six hours before
The drug also elevates the amounts of adrenaline, a stress hormone. This can quite easily trigger anxiety symptoms like feelings of stress and tension. Even worse, each time the body produces excess adrenaline unnecessarily it creates additional stress on the nervous system which can also lead to even more anxiety and tension.
Follow a Balanced Diet
The purpose in eating good foods is to provide the body with the appropriate vitamins, minerals, and other nutrient fuel to help all systems work at their peak capabilities. When your diet is not healthy, all sorts of imbalances happen and, arguably, some of these imbalances are leading causes for anxiety and panic attacks.
The best way to get the proper nutrients is to eat the right foods. Build a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains and restrict the amounts and types of processed foods. This is so important that you should do your own research online at respected nutritional information sites such as nutrition.gov, food and nutrition information center, and the nutrition source. If you still have questions, then consult a credentialed nutritionist.
Take a Multivitamin Daily
Hand in hand with eating a proper diet is also taking a good multivitamin daily. Even when your diet is balanced and healthy, a multivitamin daily ensures that the machine that is your body is receiving all the right fuel it requires. To put it another way, once you get your diet under control a multivitamin will fill in any gaps for what your diet might be missing.
Establish an Exercise Routine and Stick with it
Even a little bit of exercise goes a long way towards relieving anxiety symptoms. Just a half hour walk is far better than nothing at all and the more you do, the better you will feel. It isn’t possible to dwell on all the reasons why you are anxious while the body is physically active. Using exercise to fight your anxiety is a great way to feel better physically and mentally at the same time.
And, while you are exercising, unplug from the world. Leave the phone, MP3 player, tablet and laptops behind and just unplug for a while. You will be surprised how much calmer you will be with just a half hour or so of uninterrupted quiet.
To be sure these ideas aren’t going to work for everyone. Many times anxiety symptoms are an indication of more serious mental and emotional disorders that do require professional attention. But, too many times we turn to those remedies without even trying to solve our own problems.
These four suggestions are easy to accomplish, very low cost, and will work if given the chance in a large number of cases. So, before making an appointment with a therapist, or asking for prescription medications, try these first. After all, what do you have to lose but your anxiety?