Anxiety presents itself in many different ways. Some of us are impacted by anxiety before an event while others deal with anxiety day in and day out. It also shows itself in various ways; one friend with anxiety may exhibit different behaviors than another. Today’s guest post shares 5 Natural Remedies to Treat Anxiety. Ready on!
This is a guest post by Wendy Dessler
5 Natural Remedies to Treat Anxiety
Before resorting to medication, many people choose to try natural methods of relief. Here are five natural remedies to help you overcome your anxiety.
Aromatherapy is a method of inducing a mood or reactive state by using various aromas, typically through the application of essential oils. To fight anxiety with essentials oils, you should focus on using oils that are meant to induce calm. Lavender is one of the most common essential oils used when fighting anxiety, either put in a diffuser or applied topically.
The olfactory system has long been known to have a unique tie to memory and emotion. Many studies have been conducted exploring how we can use that connection in a meaningful way. It has been shown that episodes of anxiety trigger a negative olfactory response, making once innocuous odors seem unpleasant. Further work is being done to confirm that the opposite is true as well– that a positive scent can help keep anxiety at bay.
One effective way to help offset anxiety is to get the body moving and the blood flowing. Endorphins are natural chemicals within the body that are meant to offset pain and stress in the body. Exercise– despite being healthy– is a form of “stress” on the body. Endorphins are known and loved for their mood-boosting effects.
As more people look to taking a proactive holistic approach to their health and wellness, both medical professionals and those practicing self-care are using exercise for its anxiety-reducing effects. Even as little as a ten-minute walk can help relieve anxiety and depression.
The ancient art of shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing, combines moving, mindfulness, fresh air, and solitude. Forest bathing encourages humans to just be with nature. Whether walking calmly through a wooded trail or sitting under a beautiful tree, forest bathing can help people feel calm and grounded.
The science behind forest bathing ties into the biophilia hypothesis– the theory that there is an innate connection between human and nature, that often gets clouded in a fast-paced, tech-heavy world.
Healthy nutrition habits aren’t just responsible for a healthy body; they play a key role in having a healthy mind. While it’s important to practice healthy nutrition habits, this problem can also go the other direction. Those who are too restrictive with nutrition, to the point where it starts to impact their social relationships, are also prone to anxiety.
Focusing on trying to have a diet that is minimally processed and filled with the nutrients one’s body needs as well as being adequately hydrated can have a significant impact on one’s mental health. Even so, there should still be some wiggle room for having a luxurious dinner with friends every now and then. Taking baby steps and making habit-based changes can have significant impacts on anxiety.
Mindfulness practices, like journaling and meditation, can help relieve anxiety by presenting an outlet and helping those affected re-frame things in their mind. These practices can help with processing negative thoughts in a healthy way and assist with reframing one’s mindset.
When it comes to anxiety, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone will need to find something that fits their needs and helps their individual situation.
Guest Post by Wendy Dessler
Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Towering SEO who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.