Some fear and anxiety is a normal part of life. It is part of living in an often-chaotic world. Fear is an emotion that is experienced when we are actually in a dangerous situation, whereas anxiety is an emotion that occurs when we expect or anticipate that something unpleasant may happen. So Anxiety isn’t all bad, It makes you aware of danger, motivates you to be prepared, and helps you calculate risks. However, it is when anxiety becomes a daily struggle, it’s time to act and keep it in check as unchecked anxiety may greatly impact your quality of life.
In this article we will not only go over the best natural remedies for anxiety that you will find shared in most articles, like excercising, a balanced diet and some key vitamins you should keep up with, we will also look into tips of how to cope with anxiety and a few powerfull natural homeopathic remedies that can be used when needed, especially at the time of an anxiety attack, that in most cases works quite immediately.
Tips on how to cope with Anxiety
Detach and take time out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
Lower alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. Regular practice of exercise also leads to an enhancement of concentration and willpower.
Breathing. Breathing techniques are quite an effective way of dealing with anxiety through relaxation. As there are many people advising on breathing techniques, choose someone that you are comfortable with. Here is one from I like using Johanna Bassols, Healers of the Lights.
She uses a 3-6-9 breathing technique. Breath in for 3 seconds, keep your breath held for 6 seconds and breath out slowly for 9 seconds.
You don’t have to be perfect. Don’t be too hard on yourself, you don’t have always reach perfection which is impossible to achieve, be proud of however close you get. Accept that you cannot control everything.
Put your stress into perspective: Is it really as bad as you think? Welcome humor, a good laugh goes a long way.
Stay Positive. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones to maintain a positive attitude.
Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.
Look for a pattern, what triggers your anxiety ? Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.
Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.
The Right Vitamins and Minerals.
Magnesium performs several key functions throughout the body that benefit your nervous system, thus reducing anxiety symptoms. This mineral helps convert the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin, a key mood-boosting neurotransmitter. Magnesium is also needed to maintain healthy levels of GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid. As your brain’s main inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA helps your mind and body relax. Understandably, this neurotransmitter is pretty important for your sleep patterns and mood, with low levels contributing to feelings of anxiety, restlessness or even insomnia.
Vitamin D. In ddition to supporting calcium absorption, vitamin D helps keep your immune system running smoothly and as Vitamin D affects 2000 out of 3000 + genes in the body, no wonder it plays a role in depression and problems such as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. When it comes to your mood, the action of vitamin D isn’t well understood, but we do know that deficiencies are linked to anxiety and that vitamin D receptors are prolific in the areas of your brain associated with depression. This has led some experts to theorize about a possible relationship between vitamin D and serotonin.
Calcium. One of the most abundant elements in your body, calcium is crucial for maintaining healthy bones, muscle contractions and nerves. In the case of your mood, low levels of calcium are often linked to problems such as anxiety or stress, especially in menstruating women. This is because a calcium deficiency can result in PMS-related depression.
Zinc. Based on the results presented in this study, shows that the low levels of zinc, possibly associated with concurrent oxidative stress, may cause lower GABA and glutamate, having an anxiogenic effect, and that zinc supplementation, raising GABA levels, may help improve anxiety symptoms.
Iron. Sometimes iron deficiency will present itself as anxiety, depression, irritability, and even poor concentration and general restlessness. For example, iron deficiency has much higher prevalence in children diagnosed with ADHD, and the symptoms can improve with iron supplementation
Vitamin B. Vitamin B5 supports the adrenal glands, which reduces stress and anxiety levels. Vitamin B9 (also known as folate or folic acid) and vitamin B12 are important in balancing out depressive moods. Vitamin B6 together with magnesium can balance out anxiety that occurs in conjunction with PMS.
Natural Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety
If you have anxiety and want to try homeopathy despite being portrayed by main stream medicine to have limited scientific evidence, here are some remedies you may want to consider. Note that these recommendations are made by the homeopathy industry, and not mainstream doctors. Although all these remedies can be bought over the counter in a homeopathic pharmacy without prescription, you may want to consult with a homeopathic practioner to identify the right remedy.
Homeopathy practitioners recommend aconite for intense, sudden anxiety, panic, or fear. Panic could be connected to past trauma. Symptoms of this type of panic include dry skin, dry mouth, and fast heartbeat. Aconite is also considered an emergency remedy to be used for a sudden attack of any kind and can also used when the first onset of a cold or sudden feeling of an illness approaching, which if used early enough can ‘nip the illnes by the bud’ so to speak, preventing it from transcending into a full blown cold or flu.
Please note that as aconite in its natural form is a poison, but in Homeopathic form is diluted so much that, that potency of 200c (which is recommended for acute anxiety) will not contain a single atom of it’s original substance. How does it work then ? Although it doesn’t contain a single atom, it still has the energy structure of aconite and the body will recognize this and respond accordinly.
This is sometimes recommended for people with anxiety that is due to uncertainty. This includes claustrophobia, hypochondria, fear of heights, or fear of everyday things. Uncertainty-based anxiety could be accompanied with digestive disturbance, like diarrhea, and sweets cravings.
This is purported to be for anxiety due to fear of loneliness, darkness, or being imperfect. People with this type of anxiety fear being alone and may relieve anxiety through control or criticism of others. They may also feel cold often.
Those who need calcarea may be similar to those who could benefit from arsenicum. They develop fear of breaking out of any safe routine. Anxiety worsens when plans are changed, and they show difficulty in “going with the flow.”
This is touted for those who are vulnerable to stress or becoming overwhelmed. Their anxiety stems from having too much to do or ambitions that are daunting. Their anxiety tends to take a physical toll on them as well.
Similar to gelsemium, lycopodium is suggested for people who lack self-confidence. Though they fear speaking in public and have stage fright, they hide it well. They might cover it up with talking loudly or too frequently.
Homeopathic phosphorus is thought to be good for social people with anxiety. When anxious or vexed, their thoughts get scattered and they have a difficult time focusing or getting things done. Their anxiety may be tied to a need for approval in social circles or from romantic partners.
This is for people with childlike anxiety. They may need lots of reassurance and support from others to feel better.
This is for people facing anxiety due to feelings of inadequacy. People with this type of anxiety are often timid and shaky. They may experience agoraphobia, avoid crowds or public speaking, and be vulnerable to fainting. They often also desire solitude and avoid insistent pressure from other people.
Homeopaths recommend ignatia for those experiencing anxiety from grief or loss. People who fit this description are often very sensitive and prone to mood swings, moving from laughter to tears. Ignatia is also recommended for depression.
Silica is much like gelsemium and lycopodium. It’s for people who fear experiencing new things, talking in front of people, and getting a lot of attention. They tend to become workaholics to soothe their fears.
This is for anxiety that also includes night terrors, nightmares, or dark thoughts while awake. People with this type of anxiety are often scared of the dark or being alone and are especially scared by thoughts of monsters or mysterious figures. Their imaginations tend to worsen their anxiety.
Hopefully you are now equipped with a comprehnsive guide on how to deal with anxiety from a variety of angles, some are medium to long term, like having a balanced diet and the right vitamins and minerals. Some are short to medium term like excercising and having a postive outlook and some of the other tips we outlined in tips for coping with anxiety section. The homeopathic natural remedies work when you need immediate support and should be taken as prescribed by your homeopathic practioner to get the right remedy, dose and duration.
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