Millions of people are affected by anxiety in their daily lives. Many people reach for artificial drugs such as alcohol and sleeping pills. However you can try one of the many natural remedies available for anxiety.
Anxiety can be caused by:
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies – especially vitamin B6 and zinc.
- Protein deficiency – we need 0.8g of protein per kilogram of body weight to support the health of the nervous system.
- PMS Type A – women can experience anxiety and emotional upset during the week before their period starts.
- Unresolved emotional traumas – when triggered the memories may replay in your mind and you can relive the trauma and stress of the event.
- Anticipation of a future event – you may be anxious thinking about an interview or a family get together during the Christmas period.
Here are 10 natural remedies for anxiety:
- Magnesium – we need lots of magnesium during periods of stress. Magnesium helps to relax the muscles. Good sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds.
- B vitamins – support the nervous system. B vitamins are found in protein rich foods such as lean meats, fish, brown rice, legumes, nuts and seeds.
- Chamomile tea – this tea contains natural phytonutrients that calm your body and mind.
- Green tea – despite containing a small amount of caffeine, green tea contains theanine which act on the brain to relax the nervous system
- Meditation – when you do slow, deep breathing from your belly, it can slow down your heart rate and make you feel instantly more calm. Meditation helps you to be in the present moment and not worry about the future or stress about the past.
- Exercise – when you exercise it produces endorphins making you feel happier and releasing stress.
- Acupressure – by pressing specific points on your hands and head you can instantly release muscular tension you may be carrying and relax your body.
- Journalling – writing down your thoughts in a journal can help you to process what is making you feel anxious. It is a therapeutic emotional release.
- Massage – having a massage can be very relaxing. You could try giving yourself a foot massage and watch your anxiety melt away.
- Talking to a trusted friend or family member – when you share your problems with someone it helps to put them in perspective. It can relieve the stress as a problem shared is a problem halved.
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