Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Everyone feels anxiety at different times when facing various situations like public speaking, meetings, and for some flying. But approximately 40 million adults experience persistent or excessive anxiety that interferes with their daily functions. Anxiety disorders are among the most common of the mental health problems. Health issues related to severe anxiety include high blood pressure, tension headaches, diarrhea, and fatigue. Often when people suffer from severe or persistent anxiety they are prescribed a drug, such as Xanax, to overcome or reduce the anxiety.

What people don’t realize about any drug or medication taken to address any condition, physical or mental, is that addiction can, and often does, occur. Also, prescription drugs can cause severe withdrawal symptoms when people try to stop using them. That’s why it is not a good idea to prescribe children any medications, in particularly, for ADHD. Drugs are also very hard on the kidneys, liver and heart. Prescription drugs are still drugs and have similar effects of uncontrolled or illegal drugs. Anxiety can be based on genetics and/or environment. Those more prone to developing persistent or severe anxiety include those with an excitable personality or temperament, have parents who were anxious or suffered from severe anxiety, have witnessed death or have been victims of abuse.

There are natural remedies that you can do that will help to relieve persistent or severe anxiety. As usual the first thing to do is to evaluate your diet. Caffeine causes your body to release adrenaline as if you are undergoing stress. Try adding more decaffeinated coffee to your cup but remember coffee is not the only source of caffeine: tea, coca cola, and many OTC medications contain caffeine. Sugar is bad for anyone experiencing anxiety. Sugar causes your body to release too much insulin this can lead to people feeling lightheaded and anxious. To counteract too much sugar, eat more complex carbohydrates like cereal and vegetables, which are rich in sources that reduce stress.

Salt causes the body to excrete potassium, which helps keep your nervous system healthy. Use salt substitutes like lemon and herbs, such as oregano and basil. Calcium and Magnesium work together to relieve anxiety both act as natural tranquilizers. People, who are deficient in either, suffer from heart palpitations, nervousness, insomnia, irritability and weakness. Use gentle herbs since herbs can sometimes be as strong as drugs. Drink a cup of chamomile tea before bed or for a coffee break. Drink one cup of peppermint leaves it helps to calm the nerves and helps with digestion and relaxation. Nutmeg promotes sleep. You can take one capsule four to five times before bedtime or one in the morning. Most of these vitamin changes are some of the best natural remedies in reducing anxiety.

Another natural remedy is to exercise. Exercise is a great stress reducer because it gets your mind off of your worries. It provides an outlet to release stress when your body is exposed to excessive adrenaline. Physical activity releases feel good chemicals known as endorphins, which acts as a natural tranquilizer. Finally, change those bad habits. Many drink alcohol to reduce anxiety but alcohol only makes things worse it breaks down your ability to fight off stresses and anxiety. Become more assertive, reduce negative self-talk, and get out of bad relationships. Including these natural remedies in your diet and lifestyle will go a long way in helping you not only reduce anxiety but also prevent severe and persistent anxiety.

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