Suffering from depression and/or anxiety is a common occurrence, yet not many people used to speak about it openly. Luckily, as social media started to gain traction, some people decided that opening up about these issues can be empowering from those on the other side of the screen. And honestly, there is something comforting about knowing that somebody else suffers from similar or same ailments as you. Feeling jittery and nauseous before an important event, or not being able to sleep at night could all be signs of anxiety, so it is important to be kind to oneself and find appropriate help.
Going to therapy to discuss past traumas that might have caused anxiety is always a good step towards betterment. If the therapist suggests taking medications, it’s definitely worth to give it a try. However, in case you are looking for a more natural approach toward self-healing, here are some natural remedies that can help reduce your symptoms.
1. Herbal teas are a good solution
Teas are known for its potency, which is why they are such an integral part of so many cultures all around the world. China, Japan, Great Britain and Turkey are only some of the countries that have managed to ingrain tea-drinking as part of their culture. Just the process of preparing and drinking tea is soothing and relaxing, mainly if you are dealing with sleeping issues. Valerian root tea root is best known for its relaxing properties, but if you dislike the taste, you can always opt for chamomile, peppermint and lavender tea as well.
2. Give meditation a chance
Anxiety is basically your thoughts reigning over you and using meditation can help you recognize your thoughts as they appear. That is an extremely powerful tool when it comes to managing anxiety and stress. Being aware of what you are thinking at any moment can be of great help as you won’t be lost in thoughts as much. There are numerous meditation apps that can help you get started, however, it is important to keep your expectations realistic. Meditation will not magically cure you of anxiety, but if you are patient and consistent, it will definitely help you feel better and calmer.
3. Consider different types of oils
Both essential and carrier oils have multiple benefits to one’s well-being and appearance.
Similar to teas, peppermint and lavender oils are great if you need a natural air-freshener to remove odour and soothe yourself before sleep. Additionally, you can opt for CBD oil drops to relax and reduce anxiety, especially prior to an important event, such as an exam or a business meeting. Using various oils for massage, or beauty treatments can surely expose you to nature and teach you how to appreciate life without feeling too stressed out.
4. Practice self-love and self-kindness
A lot of anxiety stems from neglect childhood traumas. Those learned beliefs tend to resurface and manifest themselves as anxiety attacks or intruding thoughts that tell us we are not good enough or that there is a disaster looming. Learning how to talk kindly to yourself and do things that serve you can help you manage your thoughts of despair and turn them into the voice of compassion and encouragement. Using such methods will help you elevate your own self-esteem and that things alone can help you reduce your anxiety and sensitivity to stress.
5. Add vitamins and supplements to your diet
Sometimes, irritability and other anxiety symptoms can also occur due to the lack of certain vitamins and minerals. Those who suffer from magnesium deficiency can also suffer from mental health issues, anxiety being one of them. Therefore, including a variety of supplements and vitamins can be of great help. Still, if you feel doubtful, make sure to talk to your doctor. This is particularly important if you already suffer from pre-existing health issues. Once you start taking supplements, make sure to check on yourself daily and track your symptoms, especially in the beginning.
6. Don’t neglect the importance of exercise
Regular physical activity can do wonders for your physical and mental health. Now, if you are socially anxious by nature, chances are that going to the gym can be more difficult, but you can always work out from the safety of your home. Yoga stretches, pilates or running in the morning are all wonderful ways to start your day and feel better in your own body. If you are not a sporty person feel free to try out different types of workouts until you find those that work for you.
Psychotherapy and medication are sure ways to treat anxiety, however, all the above-mentioned tips can be great aides when treating anxiety and stress. The most important tip is to start slow and see where it takes you. Remember to be kind to yourself without expecting too much, as that will help you enjoy every bit of progress and feel great about all the things you have achieved.