Home Remedies for Anxiety
|Home Remedies for Anxiety|
Anxiety is a problem which occurs in every person's life. It is the result of emotions like anger, fear, apprehension. Sometimes these emotions get out of control, and disrupts our activities and may be harmful for our health.
The long term anxiety, such as those present due to work stress or incompatible relations with important persons of one's life may persist for longer and can lead to other medical conditions including tension, migraine headache and high blood pressure. Mild anxieties can be treated with natural anxiety remedies which may include some lifestyle changes, home remedies and herbs for anxiety. However, the chronic anxiety (encompassing suicidal thoughts) must be referred to expert opinions of doctors as soon as possible.
Causes of AnxietyStress is the most common cause of anxiety leading to release of adrenaline. However, there may be other physical problems too that can be termed as causes of anxiety.
• Heart disorders
• Caffeine even in moderate amounts, in many situations, can lead to anxiety.
• Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is one of the causes of anxiety in women.
• Diet pills can alter the normal functioning of body and be a cause of anxiety.
• Anemia can also cause anxiety as the deficiency of nutritive substances like folic acid and vitamins hamper the normal body functioning.
• Hypoglycemia or an abnormally low level of sugar in the blood
Symptoms of AnxietyThe various symptoms of anxiety attack include-
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath
• Heart Palpitation
• Fainting spells
• Unexplained weakness
• A feeling of impending doom
• Inability to concentrate
• Muscle tension
• Dry mouth
• Stomach churning or a jittery feeling in the pit of the stomach
• Hyperventilation or overbreathing (breathing faster and/or deeper than necessary)
Natural Remedies for Anxiety
- Stay active to avoid the anxiety attacks so jog, walk, cycle, or use exercise equipment like treadmill for at least half an hour four days a week.
- Meditation and Deep Breathing
- Avoiding Junk Foods and Drinks
- A relaxing bath while listening to some soothing music can calm the anxious nerves. Essential oils used for aromatherapy can also be used to relax oneself and avoid anxiety.
- Be positive, talk to people with positive attitude, listen to music, spend some time doing your favorite work, pursue hobbies, learn to say no in uncomfortable situations, develop the attitude that things will work out, ask for help when the work load is too much, read your favorite novel or book, talk to friends and family about the issues that concern you. All this will prevent anxiety attacks.
- Soak 10-12 raw almonds in water for at least 8 hours and peel off their skins. Blend the almonds with a cup of warm milk, little ginger and nutmeg. Drink this preparation before going to bed.
- Add equal amounts of baking soda and ginger powder in water for having a warm bath.
- Massage the whole body with warm sesame oil including scalp and the bottoms of your feet. Other oils like those of sunflower, coconut, or corn oil can also be used for massage before bath. Have celery and onions- raw or cooked- with meals for a couple of weeks. They both have good quantities of potassium and folic acid whose deficiencies also cause anxiety.
- Peel and inhale an orange whose aroma is considered to reduce anxiety. Orange juice with a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of nutmeg can also be had to relax the nerves.
- Ashwagandha- is an important Indian herb that has a mild calming, anticonvulsant and antispasmodic effect. Ashwagandha can significantly relieve most of the symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks and phobia.
- Ginseng- is an anti anxiety herb with stimulant properties that reduce stress. It also helps in maintaining emotional balance.
- Chamomile- is not only a very effective herb for anxiety but also for sleep problems and stomach upset among others. Chamomile tea taken regularly can help the patients avoid frequent anxiety attacks.
- Lemon balm- also a member of the mint family, is a "calming" herb for anxiety. Apart from reducing stress and anxiety, it promotes sleep, improves appetite, and eases pain and discomfort from indigestion.
Attention is very powerful in terms of affecting our perception. Even though it’s so powerful, it’s also fragile and vulnerable. Things like stress and mind wandering diminish its power.