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Goodbye, Anxiety

All-natural ways of finding peace in the midst of seeming chaos.

It’s natural to feel anxiety in response to stress, and millions of people around the world suffer anxiety every day. From starting a new job to giving a speech to making ends meet, the causes of anxiety are as common and varied as the people who suffer from it. For most people, anxiety goes away once the problem is solved. But for people with an anxiety disorder, anxiety is severe, lasts for weeks, and can become debilitating.

Many turn to anti-anxiety medications to bring relief when a few lifestyle changes may be all that’s need to find peace of mind and overcome the symptoms of anxiety. Before resorting to medication, try finding relief with one or more of these natural anxiety remedies.

Get More Sleep

Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether anxiety is causing sleep problems or sleep problems are causing anxiety. In either case, a lack of sleep only makes anxiety worse. For more restful sleep, get on a regular sleep schedule every day, including weekends. Plan to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night and practice a relaxing bedtime routine that avoids caffeine, nicotine, screens, and bright lights before bed.

Drink Less Alcohol

An occasional glass of wine or can of beer to relax after a stressful day is considered safe for your health. But when you drink heavily or frequently, alcohol can increase your anxiety. This is because you build a tolerance to alcohol, making stress harder to cope with. When the effects of the alcohol wear off, you feel more anxious than you did before. Cut out the alcohol for a month and see if your anxiety eases up as well.

Be More Active

Exercise is good for your physical and mental health. As one of the best ways to manage stress, exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood, help relieve tension, and boost your self-esteem. You may notice these benefits after just a few minutes of aerobic exercise. Studies show that in many cases exercise may be as effective as medication at reducing anxiety. So call your trainer and schedule an extra workout to fight off anxiety.

Consume Less Caffeine

Someone who deals with anxiety should limit or avoid caffeine. A stimulant drug, caffeine triggers your fight or flight response, which is the body’s response when faced with anxiety. Give caffeine to someone who’s already anxious, and the symptoms of anxiety will only intensify. Wean yourself off those five cups of coffee or limit yourself to one or two cups a day and see if your anxiety lessens.

Practice More Meditation

When you’re anxious, you’re worried and fearful of the future or stressed about things that happened in the past. This is why prayer and meditation are so helpful in relieving anxiety. As you quiet your mind, focus on the present, or give your cares to a higher power, you can think more objectively, get perspective, and feel your anxiety lessen.

Eat Less Junk

Added sugars and artificial preservatives are hard to avoid since they’re found in nearly every processed food on the grocery store shelves. But convenience comes at a cost, and anxiety may be one price you’re paying. Foods and drinks high in sugar cause a spike in your blood sugar. As your blood sugar falls, you’re more likely to feel anxious. Making the problem even worse, preservatives such as sodium benzoate (found in sodas, condiments, jams, and pickles) have been associated with increased anxiety.

So if you’re tired of anxiety hanging around your doorstep, avoid junk food and center your diet on nutritionally dense foods that are known to relive anxiety. These foods include complex carbs, protein, and foods that contain folate, B vitamins, magnesium, tryptophan, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and probiotics.

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