About 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety. This affliction can be caused by a wide range of factors, such as a person’s family history, lifestyle, bad quality of sleep, thyroid deficiencies, recreational and prescribed drugs, and nutritional shortages. Anxiety can also go hand in hand with mental issues such as depression and chronic stress. In many cases, professional help is an essential part of learning how to deal with anxiety. However, when anxiety becomes a daily struggle, it’s time to act before the situation becomes too hard to bear. Uncontrolled anxiety can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, there are many simple and effective ways to deal with the symptoms at home. Take back control by trying these 10 household remedies. You don’t want to miss tip #7!
Let’s start with the simplest remedy: avoiding dehydration. Dehydration is not just bad for the body, it’s also bad for our brain. It damages the normal function and exacerbates anxiety and panic attacks. The human body is unable to function properly without enough water. A bad blood circulation is a common side effect that disturbs the hormone production and use, causing muscles to tense and a weakened brain activity. This is why a sufficient intake of water is always important, and even more so in stressful times. Because stress often triggers anxiety, the symptoms can be reduced through sufficient hydration.
Chamomile is a versatile household remedy for loads of afflictions and symptoms. People suffering from anxiety may benefit from the flower’s relaxing properties. Chamomile contains a mild calming substance and is often used in the evening to relax and induce a restorative night’s sleep. Drink chamomile tea a few times a day for a couple of weeks and your mild to moderate anxiety symptoms could well improve. To make the tea, soak the dried flowers about five minutes in hot water, take out and press excess water from the flowers into the tea and drink it. People who benefit from a larger dose of the beneficial substances in chamomile can try supplements (only on doctor’s advice).
Self-help advice, when you know your anxiety triggers and the best way to relax, can improve self-awareness and thus regulate your fears. Regular massages can contribute greatly to relieve the feelings of anxiety. Focus on the pressure points where the stress builds up, which are usually the neck, shoulders, back and soles of your feet. Another great option to release stress and relax is taking baths with calming oils or baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Meditation is good for people who suffer from some anxiety.
Rosemary is a herb that can reduce anxiety symptoms. It has calming properties, increases the blood circulation, and relaxes the digestive muscles and respiratory system. It also makes you more alert and has a positive effect on the brain function. To make rosemary tea: add two teaspoons of dried rosemary to a cup of hot water, let it steep for ten minutes, drain the tea and enjoy it. You can also add some rosemary essential oil to a humidifier or diffuser.
5. Lavender oil
Lavender contains bioactive chemicals such as linalool and linalyl acetate, which both have a calming and relaxing effect on the nerve system and are often used to induce relaxation and relieve feelings of depression. To use lavender oil, just add four drops to two cups of boiling water and inhale the steam, or you can add a drop or two to an oil diffuser. Alternatively, lavender oil can be used on the skin when combined with a basic oil like coconut or olive oil, followed by a bath or shower.
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