Anxiety is almost indescribable. No matter the words put to its definition, you’ll never truly understand it until you experience it. It can make you think you’re crazy, and it can interfere with every last thing – no matter how small – in your life. Anxiety disorders are also one of the top co-occurring conditions of addiction. If you’re looking for natural ways to treat it, there are several available.
#1: Herbal Solutions
Herbal solutions are centuries old and perhaps more studied today than ever before. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many herbal remedies capable of managing anxiety and its symptoms:
- Chamomile: Short-term use of chamomile is safe, and some evidence supports the theory that it can calm nerves and quiet anxious episodes. However, it can cause allergic reactions. Be cautious when using.
- Kava: Many professionals see kava as a promising non-prescription treatment for anxiety. You’ll find it in herbal teas for stress management, relaxation, and anxiety relief. Short-term use has been linked to liver damage, and several European countries have pulled it from the market. Although readily available in the US, it might be best to avoid until further safety studies offer conclusive findings.
- Lavender: It’s used in teas and aromatherapy and shows promise for reducing anxiety and assisting with sleep. Oral lavender can increase appetite and cause constipation and headaches. It can also cause low blood pressure.
- Lemon Balm: Despite causing some abdominal pain and nausea, lemon balm is considered safe for short-term use and can alleviate anxiety symptoms, specifically nervousness and excitability.
- Valerian Root: Some use this herbal supplement in place of prescription valium to offset anxiety and stress. While short-term use is considered safe and somewhat useful, no long-term safety trials are conclusive. Valerian can cause drowsiness and headaches and should not be used for more than a few weeks.
Herbal supplements are available over the counter, but it’s wise to discuss them with your doctor before use.
You might also try another natural product to reduce anxiety. I bought some CBD oil in Indiana and used it some time ago. I should say it worked for me quite well.
#2: Vitamins and Supplements
The exact cause of anxiety is unknown, but one thing is certain: The cause varies from person to person. For some, a vitamin or mineral deficiency is in play. Diet, exercise, vitamins, and supplements are viable solutions for some. The most commonly used to help alleviate anxiety include:
- German Chamomile
- Vitamins A, B, and D
The effectiveness of vitamins and supplements is inconclusive as there is insufficient effectiveness evidence. In most cases, a vitamin or supplement isn’t dangerous to try, but be aware that unlike prescription strength solutions, positive improvements could take months to manifest.
#3: Mind/Body Techniques
Anxiety is the triggering of the body’s flight or fight reflex. It’s often random and kicks in at irrational times, making it a major obstacle to daily activities. Mind and body techniques can help quiet and control this response. Many find the following techniques helpful:
- Breathing Exercises
- Physical Exercise
- Yoga and Tai Chi
Successful anxiety treatments commonly stem from understanding where your anxiety comes from. If you’re a recovering addict and coping with co-occurring anxiety, continue seeking substance abuse treatment. Addressing your substance disorder will have a positive impact on managing your anxiety.