Stop Worrying: How to Treat Anxiety Naturally

Published Date 11/23/2015
Category: Health & Wellness

Learn to manage your anxiety naturally with these helpful tips.

Learn to manage your anxiety naturally with these helpful tips.

Everyone has experienced anxiety of differing degrees at some point in their lives. Anxiety can feel overwhelming if you don't know how to treat it effectively. Modern medicine has provided pharmaceutical "cures" for anxiety, but there are other natural ways you can treat it. Check out these examples for ways to manage your anxiety naturally.

Get Moving

Exercise is a great antidote to anxiety and depression, both in the immediate moment and in the long term. Exercising regularly improves health and self-esteem, and it keeps you fit. As you exercise, endorphins flood your system creating a positive, euphoric feeling that diminishes your perception of pain.

Breathe Deeply

Deep belly breaths, like those done during yoga, have shown to be effective in lowering stress and anxiety. One reason why deep breathing works is because you cannot breathe deeply and be anxious at the same time. Try the 4-7-8 breath technique: Exhale completely through your mouth, then inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Let the air out slowly through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat the 4-7-8 breath exercise whenever you're feeling anxious. 

Talk It Out

Different types of talk therapy are a popular and helpful way to address your anxieties. If you aren't in any sort of talk therapy treatment, even just talking to a friend, family member, or phone psychic about your anxieties and addressing your feelings can help you sort out your thoughts and feelings with some objective help and lead you to feel less stressed. 

Eat Something

According to Dr. Ramsey, coauthor of The Happiness Diet, people tend to get more anxious and irritable when they are hungry. Dr. Ramsey recommends a sustaining snack in these situations, such as nuts with water or hot tea. A healthy diet can reduce anxiety in the long term as well. Make it a point of eating a diet of whole foods and that is plant-based with plenty of leafy greens, such as kale, along with carefully selected meats and seafood and a wide variety of phytonutrients to help reduce anxiety.

Try Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation was originally a Buddhist practice but is now commonly used as a therapy that is particularly effective in treating anxiety. How do you begin practicing mindfulness meditation? The idea is essentially to be mindful and aware of each moment as it occurs, instead of living in the past or being anxious about the future. The key to getting started is to try and pay attention to the present moment without judgment and take note of the truth of the present moment as it is taking place.

Get a Pet

Having a pet can provide therapeutic and health benefits, including allaying anxiety and diminishing feelings of depression and loneliness. Having a pet also encourages exercise, which further alleviates stress. Learn more about your pet and the healing properties of being a pet owner by talking to a pet communicator.

Incorporate these natural approaches to settling your anxiety into your daily routine to reduce both immediate and long-term anxiety!

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