Natural Remedies for Anxiety
In this article, we are going to discuss some natural remedies for anxiety because natural remedies work as panacea for conditions like anxiety disorders and depression.
Anxiety is an emotional state of mind caused due to inner turmoil. Anxiety is not the same as fear or immediate threat whereas it is an expectation of future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness, irritability and worry, sometimes resulting in overreactions and exaggerations and at times in restlessness, lack of concentration and fatigue. Anxiety is very normal at certain situations but its frequency could turn it into anxiety disorder. Those who experience recurrent attacks of anxiety can withdraw themselves by avoiding the same situations that have provoked them in past.
The general physical symptoms of anxiety may include:
- Cardiac, such as chest pain.
- Neurological, as headaches, giddiness, and vertigos.
- Muscular, like body ache or fatigue.
- Cutaneous, like itchy scalp and skin.
- Digestive, as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, indigestion, dry mouth, etc.
- Respiratory, as breathing problem or sighing breathing.
- Uro-genital, like frequent urinations or urination urgency.
There are various types of anxiety:
- Existential anxiety
- Test and performance anxiety
- Stranger, social and inter group anxiety
- Trait anxiety
- Choice or decision anxiety
It can occur when a person faces angst, an existential crisis. When a person is faced with extreme mortal dangers, the most basic of all human wishes is to find a meaning of life to combat the “trauma of nonbeing” as death is near is one most common example of existential anxiety.
Test and performance anxiety
An optimal level of excitement is necessary to best complete a task, exam or performance. However, when the anxiety or level of excitement exceeds that optimum, the result is a decline in performance,
Test and performance anxiety is the nervousness, uneasiness or apprehension. Students who have test anxiety may experience any of the following: comparison of grades, personal expectation, and fear of embarrassment by a teacher; fear of parents or friends; time pressures; or feeling a loss of control. Sweating, dizziness, headaches, racing heartbeats, nausea, fidgeting, uncontrollable crying or laughing and drumming on a desk are all common symptoms of test anxiety.
Stranger, social and inter group anxiety
Humans generally require social acceptance and thus sometimes get worried about the disapproval of others. Apprehension of being judged and rejected by others may cause social anxiety.
Anxiety during social interactions, particularly between strangers, is most common among young people. It could persist into adulthood and become social phobia. “Stranger anxiety” in small children is not considered a phobia. In adults, an excessive fear of other people is called social anxiety. Social phobics do not fear the crowd but they fear the fact of being judged.
Social anxiety varies severity. For some people, it is characterized by experiencing discomfort or awkwardness during physical social, while in other cases it can lead to a fear of interacting with unfamiliar people altogether. Those suffering from this condition may restrict their lifestyles to accommodate the anxiety, minimizing social interaction whenever possible. Social anxiety also forms a core aspect of certain personality disorders, including avoidant personality disorder.
Anxiety can be either a short term ‘state’ or a long term “trait”. Trait anxiety shows a stable tendency to respond with state anxiety in the anticipation of threatening situations.
Choice or decision anxiety
This type of anxiety is seen in individuals who find it difficult to come to a conclusion easily. They are mostly in dilemma and indecisive.
In a decision context, uncertainty or unpredictability can trigger emotional responses in anxious people.
Natural remedies for anxiety
Now, we will discuss some effective natural remedies for anxiety and depression that you can do at your home.
Chamomile Tea: A cup of chamomile tea may help you calm down in a condition of anxiety. It immediately calms down both your body and mind.
How to prepare chamomile tea at home
- 3-4 Tbsp fresh chamomile flowers/dry ones
- 1 small, fresh sprig of mint
- 250 ml boiling water
- Honey as required
Fill up your pot with 250 lm of water and begin to heat. Add 3-4 tablespoons of fresh chamomile flowers/dry ones into the pot (only use the heads of the flowers and not the stems) and a sprig of fresh mint to the water and then boil it for 5 minutes. Your tea is ready. Strain it into a cup and you can also add a teaspoon of honey to the tea.
Green Tea: Researchers show that Green tea immediately reduces rising heartbeat and blood pressure due to anxiety. Green tea contains L-theanine that helps in reducing anxiety. It also improves concentration and focus. Hence, it is best for test, performance and exam anxiety.
Lavender: Lavender oil is also helpful to headaches when rubbed on your temple, and lavender tea helps you relax before bed time.
How to prepare lavender tea at home
- 3-4 Tbsp fresh lavender buds/dry ones
- 250 ml boiling water
- Honey as required
- Boil 250 ml of water in a pan.
- Add 4 tsp. of fresh lavender buds/dry ones into the pan.
- Let it boil for 10 minutes.
- Strain it into a cup and you can also add a teaspoon of honey to the tea.
Exercising: According to studies, regular exercise works wonders and is considered as one of the best natural remedies for anxiety and depression. Unlike medication, it has no side effects. One rigorous exercise session can help alleviate symptoms for couple of hours, but a regular exercise schedule may significantly reduce such symptoms over time.
Dark chocolates: Dark chocolates help in reducing tension and anxiety by relaxing you down because dark chocolates contain tryptophan (an amino acid) which makes you a little sleepy but you may feel calm and at peace.
Caution: Diabetic patients should avoid eating chocolates.