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7 Natural Anxiety Remedies

By Erik Gans, 9:00 am on

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that anxiety disorders affect one of every five people in the United States. While prescription medications are available, there are a number of natural remedies that often provide relief. Following are seven remedies that come highly recommended by Woodbridge caregivers.

1. Laugh

Laughing while watching a comedic movie or television program stimulates the brain to release dopamine. The neurotransmitter is a chemical compound responsible for regulating mood. Laughing additionally reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which contributes to the physical affects of anxiety. 

2. Relax

Take 30 minutes, sit while enjoying a book, go for a walk, engage in meditation or perform yoga. By consciously indulging in a relaxing activity, vital signs reduce and physical tension slowly disappears. 

3. GABA Supplements

GABA stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is a neurotransmitter that interferes with the chemical compounds that encourage excitation. However, as the supplement reacts with certain medications, GABA should only be used under the supervision of a physician. 

4. Chamomile

A study performed by the University of Pennsylvania revealed that drinking chamomile tea or taking the flower in supplement form for eight weeks demonstrated a dramatic decrease in anxiety symptoms among study participants. 

5. Lavender

The scent of this common purple flower has been shown to promote relaxation. Burn lavender scented candles or apply lavender scented oil to the collarbone or temple regions and allow the scent to melt stress and anxiety away. 

6. Refocus

Therapists from Pepperdine University recommend that when an anxiety attack begins, individuals should focus their thoughts elsewhere. Techniques may include holding an ice cube and concentrating on the sensation or holding keys to the house or vehicle and running fingers along the ridges. 

7. Face Fear

Many people live with common phobias. Therapists often suggest that facing fears helps afflicted individuals realize that the fear and subsequent anxiety is unfounded. For example, if social events invoke fear and anxiety, make an effort to attend a church or community function with a friend. 

Seniors might also benefit from emotional support offered by highly trained caregivers from Home Care Assistance. Our comprehensive senior home care in Woodbridge gives seniors the confidence they need to carry out daily tasks while boosting physical and emotional wellbeing. Set up a no-obligation consultation today by calling (203) 955-1915 and talking to a friendly Care Manager.

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