Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems. Anxiety is a normal response to stress or a dangerous situation, but when it is constant or in reaction to inappropriate circumstances it becomes problematic. Constant anxiety can lead to high blood pressure, insomnia, digestive problems and panic attacks. Fortunately, there are many natural and simple remedies for anxiety.
1. Consider Consuming Chamomile: Chamomile can be an effective natural way to help calm you down. Chamomile contains apigenin and luteolin, two compounds that promote relaxation. In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking a placebo.
2. Cut down Caffeine: Too much caffeine can cause more anxiety because it boosts your energy and makes you anxious. Start by limiting coffee or black tea to one cup per day, and see if you there is any decrease in your anxiety symptoms.
3. Eat Omega-3 fatty acids: Some studies say that omega-3 fatty acids can ease anxiety symptoms and enhance your mood by lowering levels of stress chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol in the body. In one study, students who took 2.5 milligrams a day of mixed omega-3 fatty acids for 12 weeks had less anxiety before an exam than students taking a placebo. There are many good sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds.
4. Breath in Lavender: The intoxicating (but safe) aroma of lavender may be an “emotional” anti-inflammatory. One study found that people who received a massage with lavender oil were more upbeat and had less anxiety than people who had a lavender-free massage. According to another study, Greek dental patients were less anxious if the waiting room was scented with lavender oil. Another found lavender massage can even lower systolic pressure the top blood pressure number that’s associated with stress. Try putting a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow or in your bath, or add a few drops to a cup of boiling water and inhale for a quick calm-me-down.
5. Take L-lysine: L-lysine is an amino acid and one of the building blocks of your brain’s chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. Studies have shown that people taking L-lysine supplements had reduced symptoms of anxiety and reduced levels of stress hormones. L-lysine is commonly found in meat, fish, and beans, and is also sold as an oral supplement.