Dr. David Orman knows that anxiety is more common than most people think.
Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States and they cost the country $42 billion a year, according to “The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders,” a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999).
In fact, “People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.”
The good news is that there are many natural ways to treat anxiety. If more people learn about these natural remedies, they can learn to manage their anxiety without taking frequent trips to the doctor. According to Kathleen Smith, Ph.D., LPC, “Relaxation techniques can be an effective way to calm anxious thinking and direct your mind to a more positive place.”
Here are 10 natural ways to treat anxiety:
- Doc Wellness Supplement
While its primary purpose is anti-aging, Doc Wellness Supplement contains Ζiziphus Spinosae, a plant that is used to treat insomnia, irritability, and anxiety.
2. Lavender Scent
The scent of lavender can be used to help relieve stress and anxiety. Some studies suggest that lavender can even help lower blood pressure, along with other essential oils.
3. Drink Chamomile Tea
Drinking chamomile tea up to three times per day can help reduce anxiety. This soothing and relaxing tea has been shown to have positive effects on anxiety and depression in clinical and lab research.
4. Get More Omega 3 in Your Diet
Omega 3 has been shown to affect the functionality of the neurotransmitter serotonin, according to Joseph R. Hibbeln from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Omega 3 can help regulate anxiety by improving serotonin functioning.
5. Spend More Time in the Sunlight
Another thing that can help treat serotonin deficiency is to spend more time in the sun. We get Vitamin D when our bare skin is exposed to sunlight, which helps us maintain our overall health and even regulate blood pressure.
6. Exercise a Little Bit Every Day
Some studies show that exercise can be just as effective as medicine in treating anxiety. Exercise is great because it doesn’t have negative side effects which are commonly associated with drugs and it helps improve overall health at the same time. “Exercise and physical activity keep your body fit, which in turn helps to keep your mind fit,” says John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
7. Pay Attention to Your Diet
“The food you eat can have a direct effect on your energy level, physical health, and mood,” says Carol A. Gooch, LPC, LCDC, LMFT. A lot of dietary factors can have an influence on your anxiety. For example, eating a lot of processed foods, sugar, or drinking too much alcohol can make your anxiety worse. On the other hand, eating healthy foods like blueberries, oats, avocados, green vegetables, and dark chocolate can help reduce anxiety and improve overall health.
8. Take a Bath with Epsom Salts
A hot bath can do wonders for an anxious person by way of relaxing after a long day and focusing on self-care. Epsom salts can be used to enhance your bath, with the added benefits of reducing anxiety and blood pressure.
Speak to a Counsellor or Therapist
Mental health professionals are trained to help patients deal with the symptoms of anxiety. You can find a therapist or counselor in your local area or choose to turn to an online service like Betterhelp. This is a convenient way for patients with anxiety to form a relationship with a professional who can help them sort out their feelings and learn better coping mechanisms.
10. Cut Down on Caffeine
Caffeine is known for making anxiety and panic disorders worse, so cutting it out is usually a good way to feel better. Switch to decaf coffee or tea as an alternative to caffeinated drinks.