6. Diet and Exercise
People often link a healthy diet and exercise to a person’s physical wellbeing, but they also have a profoundly positive effect on our mental health. Exercising helps to regulate the hormones that cause anxiety. It releases unused and built up energy and serves as a channel for stress hormones. Apart from that, diets that are given to reduce anxiety focus on taking in less refined sugar and flour, fried food, alcohol, some dairy products, and food products with a high magnesium content. These lifestyle changes can improve a person’s general health and increase a sense of wellbeing in both body and mind.
Taken in small quantities, nutmeg can stimulate a feeling of relaxation, and thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects, it can serve as a treatment against depression and stress. Add a quarter teaspoon of ground nutmeg to food or drinks. Nutmeg oil can also be used in an oil diffuser and it has been shown that it increases a sense of wellbeing and mental alertness.
Fennel is a multifunctional herb that is beneficial for many afflictions, including anxiety. It contains volatile oils with anxiolytic or anxiety-relieving effects and research has shown that they are especially effective for women going through post-menopause. These oils calm the nerves and relieve the symptoms of anxiety in the brain and body. Fennel can be used in various ways. Fennel tea is generally available in supermarkets or you can make fennel tea yourself by brewing fennel seeds. Inhaling the scent of a few drops of essential fennel oil on a handkerchief during the day can also relieve anxiety.
9. Lemon balm
Lemon balm, also called Melissa officinalis, is a plant belonging to the mint family and has relaxing effects. Lemon balm has been used for centuries as a treatment against anxiety and loss of appetite, and for relaxation. You can make lemon balm tea by steeping a teaspoon of dried lemon balm for ten minutes in a cup of hot water. Lemon balm is also available as a supplement but you should consult a doctor about the right dosage before you add herbal supplements to your diet.
Almonds are a great source of nutrients, especially the omega-3 fatty acids, but when dealing with anxiety, it is the magnesium in the almonds that can help. A magnesium deficiency can negatively affect the production of serotonin. Although simply eating almonds will be an effective way to benefit from their mood-enhancing properties, you can also make almond paste. To make almond paste, you first need to soak a handful of almonds in water overnight. In the morning, you can take the brown skin of the almonds and grind the nuts to a paste. Add the paste to a small amount of milk, add a pinch of nutmeg, and enjoy!