If you’re one of the 40 million Americans suffering from anxiety, you’ll know that it is a crippling mental illness that makes daily tasks a struggle. There are many drugs on the market that are prescribed to treat anxiety, but they also carry harmful and inconvenient side effects. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to treat or end your anxiety and avoid the cost of prescription medications and the accompanying side effects.
Sunlight is one of the most abundant and easily accessible remedies for anxiety. Aside from providing pleasant warmth, it is also rich in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for your body when it comes to fighting off the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Sunlight is also linked to an increase in production of the hormone serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that helps to increase your mood, give you a calm feeling, and increase your mental focus. You want to get at least 15 minutes of direct sunlight a day to keep your Vitamin D and serotonin levels healthy and elevated.
When you’ve had a hard day, nothing can soothe your battered soul like a cup of hot tea. If you happen to suffer from anxiety, try switching to chamomile tea. The flavor of chamomile tea is not only light and pleasant, chamomile also contains the biochemicals luteolin and apigenin. These two chemicals affect certain brain receptors that are in charge of firing neurons which cause some of the symptoms of your anxiety. These biochemicals work in a similar way as Valium in that they discourage the neurons from firing so frequently, providing you with a more calm and relaxed mental state. In addition to chamomile tea,
Lavender has been a remedy for depression and anxiety for hundreds of years. It is highly coveted for its sweet and calming aroma. Biochemicals in the aroma of lavender travel through your nose and into your bloodstream to your brain. Once there, they act on your nervous system and calm the neurons that fire to create your anxiety symptoms.
Regular daily exercise improves the amount of mood-enhancing chemicals released by your brain which will help to calm nervousness and promote a feeling of wellness. Additionally, the body heat that’s created from exercise plays an important role in this feeling of wellness. It is theorized that body heat from exercise can alter the neural circuits which control your mood and cognitive function. This includes neural circuits which trigger the release of serotonin, a powerful mood-enhancing chemical created by your brain. Aim for at least 21 minutes of exercise a day to trigger the rise in body heat and the release of serotonin and endorphins.
- Cut Out The Coffee
These are dangerous words to some people, but if you suffer from anxiety, your daily dose of coffee could be the reason. The caffeine in coffee is designed to give you energy and get your neurons firing. But, some people are prone to having an adverse reaction to caffeine. If you suffer from anxiety or nervousness, try cutting out your coffee for a few weeks to see if your condition improves or disappears.
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Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, attorney, interior decorator, strategic leader and owner of Pure Path Essential Oils. She has an eye for business, innovation and perfection – and a desire to help her family, her friends and herself live a healthy and happy life.