Fear and anxiety are part of our lives. For instance, we tend to have some element of fear or anxiety when we are about to write an exam or when we are walking down a dark alley. This type of anxiety is useful as it keeps us alert or makes us be more careful.
However, for millions of people, this anxiety does not go away and may even get worse. This degree of anxiety could lead to chest pain or nightmares. Such anxiety disorders could foster overwhelming, uncontrollable, and persistent anxiety.
Examples of anxiety disorders include; generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and phobias.
Furthermore, some people are more prone to being anxious than others.
Common symptoms of anxiety disorders are; apprehension, fear, headache, sweating, tingly or numb hands, restlessness, sleep difficulties, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, stomach upset, and challenges when trying to concentrate.
Factors that can contribute to anxiety disorders include; nutritional deficiencies, adrenal disorders, disturbed sleep, depression, family history of mental disorder(s), certain medications, and thyroid disorders.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with anxiety disorders;
- Restrict your consumption of caffeine as it could make you a nervous wreck.
- Quit smoking.
- Ensure you eat well-balanced diets.
- Avoid stress and stressful situations. You could also opt for relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or yoga, to help you relax.
- Strive to exercise regularly.
- Accept that you can not control everything.
- Maintain a positive disposition and attitude about life.
- Strive to learn what triggers your anxiety so that you can control and manage them.
Anxiety can be caused by stress or overworking our body. It could also be due to some mindset issues we have.
Below are 14 natural ways and home remedies to relieve you of anxiety;
Exercise doesn’t only keep you fit, it helps in reducing depression and anxiety.
Massaging your body is also a great way to relieve the body of stress and anxiety.
The omega-3 fatty acids, found in almonds, help reduce anxiety and depression while improving your mood.
Hops can be used as a sedative to instigate sleep or relaxation.
Lavender has calming as well as soothing effects on the body. This is because of a number of lavender’s active constituents such as linalool and linalyl acetate.
Chamomile contain compounds that bind to certain brain receptors as Valium do. Two active chemical ingredients, apigenin and luteolin, in chamomile help promote relaxation.
Fennel herbs contain active oils that give anxiety-relieving effects. This enable the fennel herbs to calm the nerves.
Passion flower is a natural sedative that helps reduce anxiety and make you sleepy or drowsy.
Valerian is a natural sleep aid. It is a sedative that can be taken with hops or chamomile tea.
Nutmeg is a spice that acts as a natural muscle relaxant. It reduces anxiety and depression while promoting relaxation.
The amino-acid, L-theanine, in green tea helps reduce anxiety and a rising blood pressure.
Lemon balm helps to reduce stress, anxiety and it also used to promote sleep. However, taking too much of it can make you more anxious.
Taking a relaxing bath, whether hot or cold depending on preference, proves to be an anxiety and stress relieving pastime.
Rosemary has calming effect when taken. This makes it a good home remedy candidate for anxiety.
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