Anxiety is a fact of life for far too many people these days.
From the occasional stressor to chronic anxiety disorders, chances are you’ve felt anxious at least some time in your life.
Unfortunately, nearly all of the doctor-prescribed methods of treating anxiety involve serious medications with a laundry-list of harmful side effects, which tend to cause even more anxiety.
Skip that headache, and opt for these cheaper, all-natural alternatives instead!
As I’ve said, anxiety is unfortunately a fact of a life these days.
While there’s no guaranteed way to make anxiety go away forever, there are some things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms and get back on track.
1. Chamomile tea
- I’m sure this seems almost painfully easy, but the research behind chamomile really stands the test of time.
- Chamomile contains apigenin and luteolin, chemicals known for their relaxation-promoting benefits.
- Studies have shown that patients given chamomile supplements for eight weeks showed a marked decrease in anxiety symptoms versus patients given a placebo.
- On days you realize you’re feeling anxious, make it a priority to consume three cups of chamomile tea throughout the day. You’ll be surprised by how effective it can be.
2. Lavender essential oil
- Again, this may seem like way too easy of a solution to make a dent in your anxiety, but lavender is a powerful tool for handling stress and anxiety.
- Time and again, inhaling lavender has proven to work as a stress reliever and promoter of relaxation.
- Getting a massage with lavender oil can be particularly beneficial. Studies have shown that lavender massage can actually lower systolic pressure, the top blood pressure measurement associated with stress.
- If you can’t get in for a lavender massage, try using a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow or in your bath water.
- You can even add a few drops to a cup of boiling water and inhale for those same relaxation and calming benefits.
- Adding L-lysine to your diet
3. L-lysine is an amino acid and one of the building blocks of neurotransmitters, which are our brain’s chemical messengers and deal closely with our mental health and how we feel.
- Studies have shown that people taking L-lysine supplements have reduced anxiety symptoms and reduced cortisol levels, which are used to measure stress.
- Increasing your L-lysine intake can significantly help with symptoms of anxiety, but you’ll notice the biggest difference if you’ve already been suffering from a lack of L-lysine in your diet.
4. Spending time outdoors in the sunlight
- Spending just 15 minutes outside in natural sunlight increases your vitamin-D levels, which can help decrease anxiety symptoms and depression.
- Also, the more green you can surround yourself with, the better. Greenery has also been shown to have calming, stress-relieving benefits, so if possible, opt for a walk in nature rather than along the side of a road.
Dealing with anxiety can be challenging for the most successful and accomplished person you know.
Make it easier on yourself by at least cutting out medications that carry dangerous side effects, which just end up making your anxiety worse.
Natural alternatives are significantly less expensive and significantly safer.
You can also use these alternatives without any fear of becoming dependent on them, the way you can with prescription medications.
If we can’t eliminate anxiety all together, at least we can use safer, more effective treatment options!