Alternative anxiety treatments are used to reduce anxiety by improving your general health and relieving your symptoms with little to no side effects. This article will educate you on how you can treat your anxiety without resorting to anti-anxiety medication.
#1. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Your body can either work for you or work against you. A big part of that is whether or not you are giving your body what it needs to function properly. Your body is like a car, when it has the proper fuel, it will run better. Eat a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, organic meats, organic dairy, nuts, and seeds. Avoid foods that will add stress to your body such as sugar, flour, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, and table salt.
Drinking enough water is extremely important because 85% of brain tissue is water. Most people don’t get the required eight large glasses a day to help their brain perform properly, especially while under stress. When a person is dehydrated, their anxiety and nervousness can be increased because the body’s survival feels threatened. Replacing caffeinated drinks such as pop, tea, and coffee is a good place to start.
Caffeine is a stimulant that will increase your heart rate and decrease your ability to handle anxiety. It can cause nervousness and agitation, which will make your anxiety symptoms worse. If you are already anxious, caffeine can cause a full-blown panic attack. Limit or eliminate your intake of coffees, teas, energy drinks, chocolates and medicines containing caffeine.
Many people use alcohol and nicotine as an escape from their anxiety. The problem is that this escape is only temporary, and used over a long period of time will make their symptoms worse. Not only can this lead to alcohol abuse and health problems, but relying on these methods will make it nearly impossible to deal with anxiety without them.
#2. Exercise Regularly
Exercise helps you sleep, increases your self-esteem, and keeps your body functioning at it’s best. Exercise also produces endorphins, which are also known as the “feel good” hormone. Endorphins block pain and give us feelings of pleasure. Anxiety increases your cortisol levels, which in turn causes your liver and muscles to release stored sugar into your blood stream. By exercising, you will use this sugar, which will help your body and mind relax. Sometimes when you feel very anxious, the best thing you can do is go for a run.
#3. Sleep Well
When you are sleep deprived, your brain can’t function properly. Insufficient sleep can cause moodiness, depression, and anxiety all on its own. This is why it is very important to fix your lifestyle before trying any alternative methods. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Sleeping less than that causes sleep deprivation while sleeping more than that on a regular basis could be a sign of depression or chronic fatigue syndrome.
If the idea of sleeping that long is hard for you, try putting away your electronics at least an hour before you want to go to sleep. The only light that is okay to have in your room while sleeping is red light. Keep your cell phone on the other side of the room if you use it for an alarm clock so it doesn’t interfere with your brains bioelectric field. Make sure you have the right pillows and mattress for your preferred sleeping position.
#4. Book a Full-Body Massage
Massages increase serotonin and dopamine while lowering cortisol (the stress hormone). They help you to fully relax your muscles and clear your mind. Most people carry anxiety symptoms in their neck, back, and shoulders. A massage therapist can specifically target these areas to relieve the symptoms.
#5. Make Time for Yourself
Find some time every week to completely clear your schedule and do the things that you enjoy, not just things you need to get off of your list. Having a mile-long to-do list will definitely add to your anxiety, so booking time away from that is a must. Go for a hike, have a bubble bath, or read a book.
#6. Take Supplements
Here is a list of supplements that may treat anxiety symptoms. Make sure to consult your doctor or naturopath before supplementing to find out the right dose for you or to find out whether you need to take it regularly or as needed.
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