Money, health, work, family, and love. All of these things can cause an immense amount of stress in our lives. Whether it’s having a full-blown anxiety attack or just finding yourself becoming more stressed than usual, it’s important to address it. There are many safe and drug-free remedies for anxiety. Some work over time and some take some time. Either way, you may not want to try medication- at least not until you try our natural remedies for reducing anxiety first.

 

  • Exercise. Burning off anxious energy will not only make you feel better about yourself, but it will flood your body with feel good endorphins.
  • Meditation. Meditation can help to quiet an overactive brain, making it easier to manage stress and anxiety.
  • Take a Hot Bath. Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts is always calming. The magnesium sulfate in the salts has been shown to calm anxiety and lower blood pressure.
    • Tip: raising your body heat helps to regulate mood and anxiety. This is another reason going for a walk or a run can help too!
  • Writing. Finding a way to express your anxiety can make it feel much more manageable.
  • Time-Management Strategies. Having too many commitments to anything at once may become overwhelming. Having a way to organize your next plan is a way to keep anxiety at bay.
    • Tip: I find that buying a planner or using an online calendar is a great way to organize these plans.
  • Cut out (or down) Caffeine. Caffeine boosts your energy, and can make you jittery and anxious. If you can’t cut it out completely, try switching to a drink with less caffeine, such as green tea.
    • Tip: Be aware that there are other sources of caffeine that may be in your diet such as chocolate, soda, and some over-the-counter medications.
  • Examine Your Diet. Having a deficiency in magnesium, vitamin B12, and zinc have all been linked to symptoms of anxiety.
  • Timer With Animals. As crazy as this sound, research published in 2018 confirmed that pets can be beneficial to people with a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety.
  • Aromatherapy. Smelling soothing oils can help to ease stress and anxiety but certain scents work better for some people rather than others, so consider experimenting with various options.
  • Herbal Teas.  Many herbal teas claim to help with anxiety and to ease sleep.
    • Tip: Chamomile tea not only reduces stress and anxiety, but it also helps treat insomnia.