26 July 2018

3 Natural Ways To Treat Anxiety

So many of us battle anxiety every single day, from varying degrees. It can be due to major life changes, grief, everyday stressors, health obstacles, or a combination of all of these things. Anxiety is such an epidemic in the world today and the rise of the use of technology is definitely not helping us relax. Don't get me wrong, technology is amazing! However, it definitely hasn't helped society lessen the anxiety we feel.

Over the past two years, I have been doing a lot of my own research surrounding anxiety and natural ways to treat it. I have completely jumped into this world and have read anything and everything I can get my hands on about hacks, tips, and science-backed research. Due to many factors, I am at a point in my life where I want to find and try natural approaches to my health before going with anything else. Perhaps you are there too.

Let's jump right in!

Here are 3 natural ways you can start incorporating into your life today to treat anxiety and take your life back.

Herbs and supplements
This can often be the very first step you need to take if you are in an extremely dark place and struggling to function day to day. It seems like so many people have a negative stigma attached to herbs because of misinformation. My best advice on this is to educate yourself. You know your body better than anyone else. We are so lucky to live in a time where information is available to us if we only seek it. I did hours of research on everything listed below until I felt comfortable and safe taking them.

Oftentimes we need a kickstart to give us the motivation to take action. If you are in an incredibly deep hole, try starting out taking a few of these on the list to get back to where you can go a few days without a panic attack.

The best part of these supplements and herbs? If you take too much, your body will simply pee out the excess. I would definitely only take what is recommended on the bottle though. 

Always consult your doctor before incorporating supplements.

GABA - GABA stands for Gamma-Aminobutyric acid, which is a kind of neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and it plays a significant role in regulating brain activity and muscle tone in the body. It may help to ease nervous tension, reduce stress and anxiety, promoting a positive mood and a feeling of well-being. GABA also supports healthy memory and cognitive functions by helping to improved concentration and lower hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Kava kava - Is a natural herb that helps reduce anxiety. It also reduces inflammation. I noticed a major difference with just one dose. It has a calming affect that simply makes you feel at peace. This is the kind I take and I take one capsule every day.

Valerian Root - I take this to help me sleep and I have had zero negative side effects. It works amazingly well.  I love that Tara Mackey calls this, "nature's valium"! This is the kind I use and I either take 2 or 3 a night, depending on how I am feeling.

Magnesium - Many people with severe anxiety have a magnesium deficiency. Furthermore, under times of extreme stress, our bodies tend to use up more magnesium.

Vitamin D3 - Vitamin D can help clear your mind, organize your thoughts, and improve your mood overall. Once again, if you are under extreme stress, you more than likely are vitamin D deficient. 

Omega 3's - Are natural anti-depressants and can help maximize your learning potential.

Skullcap - Another powerful and natural herb that decreases anxiety and is wonderful for pain management. 

Get moving
No matter where you are in life, your physical condition or where you live, you can get moving. 

Have you heard the phrase, "You can't have a healthy mind in an unhealthy body and you can't have a healthy body with an unhealthy mind"? Well, it is true. I'm purposely using the words get moving, as opposed to exercising. Many people tend to have a negative stigma with the word exercise. Movement is huge.

Be creative if you need to be. Grounding is an easy step you can start right now. Grounding is basically walking barefoot in the grass. 

Go on a walk. Go swimming. Do some yoga. 

Start slow if you need to do so. Ease your body into a routine of movement. Go on three 10 minutes walks throughout the day if that is what you need to do.

There are endless resources online for free classes if finances are a stressor. Go hiking. Join a gym. Just get moving. It will do wonders for your mental state.

I love what The Alison Show says in one of her gratitude practices, "When you want to change your mental state, one of the quickest ways to do that is to change the physiology of your body which you can do through movement."

I know, you've heard this one a million times but you can't quiet your mind long enough to meditate. I get it. Trust me. If you don't think you have time to meditate, you really need to start. Calming your mind for even simply 5 minutes in the morning is an investment in your mental health.

If you are a beginner, you can start in very short increments. Lacy Young has numerous free guided meditations for free on her Soundcloud. She has a few 2-minute ones and a few 5-minute ones. Start small. The more positive changes you see in your mental state, the more you will be inspired to keep this up as a daily habit. And it does definitely need to be a habit for you to see the best benefit from it. 

A few resources:

Free meditations;
Lacy Young Guided Meditations on Soundcloud
The Elevation Meditation From Amanda Frances

Self Care For Busy People from Kris Carr

The Highest Good Meditation Album from Tara Mackey

If these tips have helped you and you would like more, check out my eBook How To Conquer Anxiety And Get Your Life Back: 10 Tips To Shift From Panic To Excitement

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