Some anxiety is a normal part of life – but extreme anxiety or feeling anxious for no reason can be devastating. If you experience insomnia, inability to reason, tiredness, headaches and/or a number of other conditions, you may be a candidate for some natural remedies that will help you get your life back.
Studies have shown that the following natural remedies can help symptoms of anxiety:
- Passionflower – Long used to treat anxiety and insomnia, passionflower has been found to cause fewer side effects than prescription drugs such as mexazolam. Don’t take passionflower with other medications without consulting your health care professional.
- Breathing techniques – Deep breathing exercises associated with yoga and other forms of meditation can positively affect anxiety issues. Research various techniques to find out which is best for you.
- Valerian – The herb, Valerian, is often used effectively to treat insomnia and promote calmness. As with passionflower, don’t use with prescription medications until you’re sure there will be no consequences.
- Aromatherapy – Massage oils added to baths or infusers can help anxiety. Some essential oils derived from plants for aromatherapy treatments are lavender, geranium, cypress and jasmine.
- GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) – GABA is an amino acid that helps ease anxiety symptoms by positively affecting brain receptors.
- B-Vitamins – Vitamin B12, in particular, helps the body ward off stress and anxiety. Try taking a B-Complex multi-vitamin supplement each day.
- St. John’s Wort – Often taken as an antidepressant, St. John’s Wort can also lessen anxiety symptoms. Don’t take this remedy with other prescription drugs, especially antidepressants such as Paxil.
- Counseling/Therapy – Getting to the root cause of your anxiety and stress is the best way to eliminate it from your life. Therapy is essential to managing anxiety and can be done alone or in conjunction with traditional medication or natural remedies.
Most anxiety is caused by stress; emotional, mental and physical. It’s a sign that your body and mind are in distress. Seek balance in your life by taking steps to reduce stress, exercise, get enough sleep and take better care of yourself. Self-care is key!