At some point in your life, you will experience anxiety - whether that be mild or severe. Feeling anxious is a very normal experience to have and can be triggered by a whole range of lifestyle and environmental factors that often seem out of your control.
Whatever type of anxiety you experience, it can really impact your quality of life. Suffering with anxiety can make everyday activities feel very difficult, with some people struggling to even leave the house. Finding relief that works for you can be a challenge, but here are five of the top natural remedies that can help ease your anxiety, worries and stresses.
Chamomile is most commonly consumed within herbal teas. It has a lovely taste, but it also has many other benefits that can help ease your anxiety levels including its ability to calm and soothe the mind. A recent study has shown than frequent drinking of chamomile tea may reduce symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder. If you are struggling to fall asleep because of your anxiety, drinking a chamomile tea before bed will help you relax into sleep more.
CBD (or cannabidiol) has become increasingly popular over the past few years. The stigma that has previously been attached to it is disappearing as more people are becoming educated and experiencing the benefits of CBD themselves. CBD is available in a whole range of forms including oils, beauty products and capsules.
Studies have shown that CBD can relieve the following anxiety disorders:
- Social anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (commonly referred to as PTSD)
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Anxiety-induced insomnia
If you are taking any other medication, it is important to check with your doctor first before taking any form of CBD.
Valerian root is widely thought to have calming and anxiety-relieving properties within the herbal medicine community. Studies have been carried out on the impact of valerian root on anxiety levels. A study carried out in 2002, found that taking valerian root 3 times a day, for 4 weeks had a positive impact on their anxiety. Other studies have found that the plant can reduce symptoms of OCD too.
Exercise is so important in keeping your mind and body healthy. Moving your body has been shown to really help anxiety sufferers. There’s also been some evidence that suggests exercise enables people to better adapt and react to stressful situations. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy, and try to do it at least a couple of times a week. You will feel energised, motivated and you should find it easier to let go of the worries that are clouding your brain.
Investing in your wellbeing
We all have very busy, stressful lives which can all-of-a-sudden get on top of us, which can quite often lead to mental health disorders such as anxiety. Spending a small portion of your day, solely on you is extremely important in both preventing and reducing anxious behaviour. You should spend this time doing something that relaxes you. Here are a few ideas:
- Painting or Drawing
- Watching a film
- Having a bath
If you would like to learn more about which natural and herbal remedies may help you to reduce your levels of anxiety, please book a consultation with Louise Idoux.