What to try when you are looking for ways to deal with anxiety naturally.
It has taken me years to recognize when anxiety is starting to take over my emotions, and I start feeling like it will take over.
For me, the feeling is not unlike adrenaline. It starts to wash through me. Unwanted. Uninvited.
When experiencing anxiety, I have difficulty concentrating. And I find myself to be irritable and unable to end unwanted thoughts.
Whatever the symptoms of anxiety you may experience, there are ways to deal with anxiety naturally.
Try any – or all – of these 7 natural health remedies to see what soothes you.
Ways to Deal with Anxiety
Perhaps one of the kindest ways you can treat anxiety is through a warm bath.
Soaking in warm water has a calming effect on the body.
Lavender essential oil, when added to bath water, can enhance the relaxation effect.
Another great addition to a soothing warm bath is Epsom salts.
Dissolve 2 cups Epsom salt in your bath. The salts will give your body a magnesium boost.
Why do you want a magnesium boost?
The magnesium sulfate found in epsom salt has been shown to calm anxiety while lowering blood pressure.
Exercise releases the mood improving chemical endorphin. Try taking a 30 minute walk to boost levels of endorphins and naturally relieve the symptoms of anxiety.
B vitamins help the body produce serotonin. Serotonin is thought to regulate mood and anxiety.
Taking a B-complex multivitamin daily can help keep anxiety at bay.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in tea leaves. It elevates your levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that regulate your emotions. These increased levels promote a sense of calm and relaxation.
Adding a cup of tea – especially green tea – to your day is one way to get L-theanine. Or, opt to take a supplement starting with 100 milligrams per day.
The omega-3s in fish oil can cause a decrease in anxiety through it’s ability to control inflammation.
Adding a fish oil supplement to your daily routine is a great first step towards dealing with anxiety.
Focus your thoughts away from your anxiety symptoms through the regular practice of meditation.
If you haven’t meditated before, there are several apps on the market today that can lead you through a guided meditation. Calm and Headspace are two apps I personally like.
The inhalation of essential oils can lead to a positive improvement in your anxiety levels.
An easy way to deal with anxiety is to diffuse an anti-anxiety essential oil blend.
Try diffusing any of these blends when you are experiencing anxiety:
5 drops geranium oil
5 drops mandarin oil
5 drops lemon verbena oil
8 drops bergamot oil
4 drops clary sage oil
4 drops geranium oil
6 drops ylang ylang oil
6 drops mandarin oil
Studies show caffeine will make you more susceptible to anxiety. To ward off feelings of anxiety, limit your caffeine intake.
In addition, alcoholic drinks can heighten anxiety. Reducing the amount of alcohol you consume can promote better well being.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a doctor?
If you are feeling anxious most of the time, it’s a good idea to check in with a doctor.
Anxiety that is causing a lack of sleep or concentration is also worth discussing with a doctor.
Alcohol makes me feel relaxed, not anxious. Why should I stop consuming it?
While alcohol may quell your anxiety at first, when the alcohol effects wear off, your anxiety may actually escalate. Make note of your symptoms and discuss them with your doctor.