When it comes to mental illness, anxiety disorders take the top spot as the leading cause of mental illness in the US, and it is estimated that around 40 million adults in America are affected by some kind of anxiety disorder. The good news is that there are several natural remedies that people can use to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety. This article will explore just four natural remedies that people who suffer from anxiety can incorporate into their daily lives to help them lead a happier, more relaxed life.
Get More Exercise
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, regular physical activity has a positive effect on the body’s ability to fight off disease, but it also has a profound effect on mental fitness. Studies have shown that just a few minutes of exercise each day can help reduce fatigue, improve concentration, enhance a person’s overall cognitive function, and also relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety due to the release of endorphins - chemicals in the body that act as a natural painkiller and bring about feelings of happiness or euphoria. These chemicals can help also help elevate a person’s mood, improve their sleep, and decrease their overall levels of tension.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Meditation, the practice of focused concentration, has long been prescribed as a natural remedy for a host of issues, including anxiety; however, other relaxation techniques have been shown to help decrease a person’s levels of anxiety.
One of the most popular techniques used today is the practice of guided imagery. For this technique, a person is told to imagine being in a place that is soothing to help the mind relax. If a person cannot conjure up their own imagery, there are a host of apps available for both Android and iOS users that can assist.
Express Yourself Creatively
Art therapy is a valuable tool that many therapists use to treat various affiliations that affect the mental well-being of a person. According to the American Art Therapy Association, the technique is based on the theory that creative expression can help foster healing and mental well-being in a person and can help calm the nervous system by engaging with the body, mind, and spirit of a person in ways that are not possible through verbal communication.
While there are art therapy courses available that people can sign up for, there is also a host of free resources available online to help people who are suffering from anxiety get relief through the practice of art therapy techniques.
Try Some All-Natural Anti-Anxiety Remedies
Even though the term aromatherapy was first coined in 1937 by a French chemist who was interested in the scientific basis behind the natural health movement, the use of aromatic oils for healing has been used for more than 3000 years. In the present age, aromatherapy is a popular practice that involves the use of essential oils for the treatment of various common ailments. For the treatment of anxiety, essential oils such as lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, geranium, and jasmine are readily prescribed for use in herbal teas, tinctures, and bath oils.
Another popular, all-natural anti-anxiety remedy that has gained popularity particularly in the last ten years is the use of cannabidiol oil (or CBD). Due to CBD being derived from the cannabis plant, the use of this natural remedy hasn’t been legal until recent changes to legislation allowed for the sale of CBD products that contain no trace of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly referred to as THC) that is also present in the cannabis plant. Products that incorporate CBD are now readily available to most people in the US, and there are several different ways people can get their daily dose of this anxiety and pain-relieving compound aside from smoking it. Topical ointments for focused relief are a popular choice for people who don’t want to take it sublingually under the tongue; however, edibles that contain the compound are also growing in popularity. Edibles that contain CBD offer an easy way for people to consume their daily recommended dosage of CBD, but buying CBD water is also proving to be a popular option.
Unchecked anxiety can have a profound effect on a person and can result in a cascade effect of stress that can be detrimental to a person’s overall health. We have explored just some of the natural ways people can reduce their anxiety. However, chronic sufferers should always seek the advice of a medical professional to help determine what treatments will be the most effective.