It never feels particularly comfortable when you feel those crippling worried feelings creeping up and taking over. Uncontrollable worry that affects your say-to-day activities and mental health could be a sign of something more serious like anxiety.
Although worry and nerves are normal on occasions, and even useful at times, if they become more serious and turn into anxiety, fear or panic then doing something about them will help you to take hold of your life once again.
Continue reading for five natural ways you can try to calm your anxiety.
Natural calming remedies for anxiety
1. Regular exercise
When we hear the word ‘exercise’, we immediately think of the physical benefits it can have. Losing weight, toning up and generally keeping fit and healthy are just some of the advantages.
We ought to consider the impacts on the mind too. Taking part in exercise regularly can yield instant results as well as continuing to have a positive effect for hours afterwards.
Endorphins are the body’s natural feel-good vibes and painkillers, and taking part in exercise or even a fitness class like Zumba can release endorphins and instantly boost your mood and reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
2. Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
When we feel anxious at certain times, people often suggest a little drink to calm yourself down.
It is true that alcohol is a natural sedative and so will have an effective calming effect. However, this will not last, and once that feeling wears off, you are likely to feel the same emotions as previously.
It is unhealthy to become reliant on alcohol to help us feel a certain way. This is certainly not something anyone should ever recommend.
In fact, avoiding alcohol, as well as cigarettes, can boost your mood in the end. Cigarettes are also renowned for their quick fix but will lead to a similar drop very quickly.
Cigarettes and alcohol are not a good solution to relieving anxiety. They are seriously detrimental to physical health, can cause fatal diseases and can even have negative effects on mental health.
3. Alternative therapies
Alternative therapies are not for everyone, but many people swear by them. Treatments offered by qualified professionals, such as reflexology, can help the body to stabilize itself.
Aromatherapy and essential oils are also popular ways of improving health. One option would be to invest in some jewelry for essential oils. It is such a discrete way of trying to improve your anxiety. Furthermore, the bracelets, necklaces and earrings look great too!
The best thing about alternative therapies are they are often natural and don’t require harsh medications or toxins to be injected. They’re certainly worth trying first before resorting to medications with unfavourable side effects.
4. Sleep better
People often say that getting more sleep will make you feel better. This is true for many people, but not always the case. Quality of sleep can actually be the most critical factor.
Establishing a sleep routine is the key thing to try to do. Heading to bed at the same time every day, regardless of whether it is the weekend or not, will help.
Likewise, if you set your alarm clock for 6am Monday to Friday, repeat this for the weekend. Your body will settle into this routine.
Sleep is a natural way of feeling better and is vital for good physical and mental health; a lack of sleep can literally be torture.
5. Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Fuelling your body with the right things will ensure it feels as good as it possibly can. Artificial colours and flavourings, which seem to be in most processed foods, can lead to changes in mood in some people.
Cooking meals from scratch allows you to choose exactly what you add. Therefore, you are absolutely certain what you are putting in your body. It helps you to avoid dehydration, low blood sugar and general lethargy caused by choosing the wrong things.
A diet rich in natural plant based foods can work wonders for your mental health.
Discover my own online vegan food diary for inspiration on quick, easy, healthy plant based meals that anyone can make!
The above are all things we already know are good for us, but perhaps forget to put into action. They really can make a huge difference to our mental health and reduce the symptoms of anxiety naturally.
It’s much better than relying on medication, so why not try to improve your anxiety naturally in the first instance?
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