Most of us, including me, are suffering from anxiety and stress from common factors like parenting, fatigue from work, or financial issues. When we are anxious and stressed, other symptoms such as irritation, nervousness, and chest pain also manifest. Generally, anxiety is known to be one of the most common mental health conditions observed in adults.
“There’s a societal pressure to keep going, put your best foot forward, and never show vulnerability or weakness,” said clinical psychologist Jaclyn Lopez Witmer, PsyD.
In fact, in America, more than 15% of adults suffer from anxiety yearly. On the other hand, conditions like hyperthyroidism may also lead to anxiety disorder. Thus, it is wise to be properly diagnosed before you seek treatment.
This article will focus on the different healthy remedies of anxiety and stress. These natural ways are safe even if they are used in conjunction with prescription medications.
- There are never enough reasons for you to exercise. Physical activity and regularly active routines help on a lot of things, one of which is releasing bad toxins in the body that are caused by stressful situations.
- If you are trying to control your tantrums and violent reactions due to anxiety, you can always express it by writing. Often, I have learned to write down the anger and frustration that I feel whenever I have too many chores to do and no time for myself. I used to vent them out to my children and most especially to my husband, which is not good at all for our relationship and the family as a whole. Writing about my problems as well as the solutions that I could try has helped me manage my anxiety.
- Relaxation Techniques. A common one that is taught in some meditation classes is the isometric muscle contractions. When we are so stressed, we don’t notice how tense our muscles are, and that adds to the negativity that we feel inside. You can use this technique when you are lying on the bed. Slowly tense your muscles consciously, maybe starting from the closing your hands into fists so that you are contracting your upper extremities. Then add the belly muscles and eventually down to your toes. Reverse the procedure when you release the tension, starting from the toes up to the fingers and jaw muscles. This is a very effective technique that puts some people to sleep after.
- Cannabinoid Oil. Unlike marijuana, the cannabinoid oil or CBD doesn’t have the THC component, the substance in marijuana that produces a ‘high.’ It is available in the market without any prescription from a doctor. There have been numerous reports from individuals who have felt a significant reduction in their stress and anxiety. In areas where marijuana has been legalized, some doctors also prescribe it. According to Peter Grinspoon, MD of Harvard Medical School, “CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.”
- Herbal Tea. A lot of teas promise to aid in relaxation, ease of sleep, and decrease in anxiety levels – and most of them hold to their promise. Chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, and green tea are only some of the several effective herbal teas available all over the world.
- Animal Therapy. Adopting a pet for love and companionship is very effective in inducing calmness and relaxation. As explained by Sally Nazari, PsyD, our pets “do not need to be trained to provide natural healing. By simply playing with or cuddling our pets, we can benefit from the calming, soothing effect of their company” and can help us “cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression, fear, and the handful of other tough emotions likely to follow a traumatic experience.” Pets, particularly dogs, cats, and horses, may be useful to those who have a range of mental health problems like anxiety disorder. Walking dogs and grooming horses have had significant positive results.
- When you are officially diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, it means that you have a chronic mental illness that could restrict you to function normally. When there is no concrete medical cause of the anxiety, then therapy might very much help. Therapy allows an individual to understand his condition, the triggers, and how to manage his anxiety positively.
The anxiety that is left unattended can easily worsen and lead to more stress than you’ve ever experienced. But it is good to know that anxiety can be treated and managed. And if you are not fond of taking regular doses of medications, then you can certainly turn to the natural ways mentioned above. Try these remedies before seeking medical treatment. Perhaps all you need is the smell of lavender or chamomile to get that badly needed sleep.