Are you interested in treating anxiety without medication? Thankfully there are a range of natural remedies you can try. Read on…
We are living in an increasingly busy and complex world.
The digital age has not only brought us some cool gadgets. It’s introduced our brains to overwhelm.
Although there is definitely a time and place for medication, many people are turning to natural remedies in order to master their stress.
Important: If you are truly suffering from extreme anxiety, you need to speak with your doctor and explore all possible solutions.
Happily, many natural anxiety remedies have even been proven to work as effectively as some medical alternatives!
I’m here to help!
With this in mind, below are 6 natural anxiety remedies to help reduce your stress.
Have you ever noticed that how much better you feel when you take a deep sigh or allow a deep breath in?
Your breath has the ability to completely alter your body’s state of relaxation.
You can practice breathing exercises anywhere and in any position.
If you want to get the most out of breathing exercises, it’s important to do them regularly as a part of your normal routine. But you can also do breathing exercises any time you begin to feel anxiety rising.
There are many different types of breathing exercises.
A good place to start…
Another breathing exercise to try is the…
This exercise is a little more advanced.
Almost any form of physical activity can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Exercise promotes the release of endorphins in the body, making you feel good and improving your mood.
Sometimes exercise is referred to as ‘meditation in motion,’ because it allows your mind time to focus on one single activity and to release any worries of the day.
If you haven’t exercised for a while (or have any medical conditions that may stop you from exercising) then it’s important to speak to a doctor before taking on any new activities.
Happily, there’s a form of exercise out there for everyone – from walking to cross-country running, from rock-climbing to rollerblading.
Find your favorite form of exercise – something you want to do – and you’ll be more likely to fit it into your day.
This is why animals are so often used in therapy. Countless studies have reported: Being around animals has a positive impact on mental health.
Find an animal which you love the most. You may be a dog person. Or a cat person. Maybe even an exotic bird person.
For most people getting a family friendly pet such as a chocolate lab is a good place to start.
In fact, chocolate labradors are a common therapy dog – due to their loving and docile nature. (It’s a chocolate that’s actually good for people! )
Love horses? You might want to look into equine-assisted therapy. It’s a highly popular mental health treatment with occupational therapists, physical therapists and psychologist.
If you think animal therapy could help, but are not in a position to own a pet, then research animal therapy services online!
Living in a digital age can make it very hard for us to live in the moment.
Our brains are working in overdrive all hours of the day.
We are constantly stimulated by our smartphones and computers.
We need to take some time to learn how to live in the present – so we can take ownership of our feelings – and be in the here and now.
Mindfulness isn’t always easy. You need to think of it like any skill. Practice it regularly and you’ll start to see results.
A good place: Do 2 minute mindfulness meditations.
I share a range of simple and easy 2 minute meditations in my book Instant Calm.
Herbal teas and remedies have been used and favored by many as a natural remedy for stress.
Although tea alone may not be a cure, it can be very effective when used as a part of a larger coping strategy.
At its very core, before even considering the different types of herbal teas out there, drinking tea provides hydration, distraction and a routine! All of these things are beneficial for mental health.
There are many types of herbal teas on the market which are known for reducing stress.
The most popular stress reducing teas are
Important: Be cautious when experimenting with herbal teas – as some – such as Valerian and Kava – can be quite potent. They have the potential to react with medications when consumed at a high strength.
Talking with with someone you trust can be highly helpful at reducing stress and calming anxiety.
Start by simply opening up to close friends or family.
Or if you find it easier to talk to a stranger, then also recognize that there are dedicated professionals out there who you can speak to.
Talking therapy can help you to see your thoughts from a different perspective. Plus, talking it out can help you to feel less alone.
If speaking face-to-face with someone is too daunting, there are even online services allowing you to converse with a counsellor over the phone. Or through instant messaging.
Note: I myself offer one-on-one coaching by phone or Skype.
I hope that at least one of these natural remedies for anxiety will help you to feel a little less stressed. Try giving each of them a go.
Instant Calm offers quick suggestions for how to incorporate meditation into your everyday life.
It’s amazing for people who can’t find the time to meditate – and who want to treat their anxiety without medication.
The tools are based on using your 5 senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste) – and help you to quickly feel more calm and grounded.