For good measure add in some environmental and food toxins, and life can seem to be a full-time running of the gauntlet. To combat rising anxiety levels – as well as the depression that can accompany this condition – Big Pharma is ever-present to provide a saturation of advertising which attempts to show us that they alone have the answer.
The truth is that anxiety is part of the mind, not part of the body. This can be proven by the fact that people often can react differently to the very same “traumatic” event – some shrug it off, or even laugh, while others hyperventilate and are crippled to inaction. Chronic anxiety might have its root cause as a single event, but various triggered reminders of the event can cause the anxiety itself to eventually become an ongoing trauma that gives very little rest to those afflicted.
This is why any healthy living tips for dealing with anxiety should be both mental and physical. Rather than pill-popping synthetic concoctions, which may be accompanied by increased anxiety and the chance for a debilitating dependence, we should be looking at all-natural healthy solutions whenever possible.
1. Chamomile – This has to come in at number one for its wide availability and low cost. According to several studies, it also packs the one-two combo of alleviating both stress and depression. As a consequence, it has been shown to improve sleep as well, which is one of the essential cornerstones of achieving overall health and wellness. While chamomile is most often consumed as a tea, capsules are available in nearly any reputable natural health store.
2. Valerian Root – This mild sedative offers anti-anxiety properties without the drowsiness and confusion often associated with over-the-counter medications or traditional prescriptions.
Given the long list of dangers associated with drugs like Valium and Xanax, it is worth investigating a natural approach. While modern medicine believes it alone has the answers, very often the most powerful remedies are found among the ancients.
3. St. John’s Wort – St. John’s Wort is a perennial wild-growing plant and has been used for anti-anxiety relief for 2000 years. It is generally recognized that St. John’s Wort’s calming effects are one of the key components for why it works so well on depression – the two very often go hand in hand.
4. Rosemary – It was used in the Middle Ages to ward off evil spirits – which is probably the feeling of attack that many people have who are afflicted with anxiety. This common herbal addition to many favorite dishes is gaining much wider attention as of late for its positive effects on the human brain – one of them being a salve for anxiety. Science is now showing that, when consumed, rosemary increases blood flow to the brain which can put the mind in a heightened state of alertness and positivity, as well as alleviate many stress-inducing afflictions such as headaches, stomach pain, and can even dependence on narcotics. Rosemary in other forms has also shown to be effective, particularly as an essential oil.
5. Passionflower – Probably lesser known, but one that comes up time and again in anxiety research. This climbing vine has a range of benefits that all lead to stress reduction: muscle relaxer, relief from heart palpitations, seizure reduction, and general lessening of hyperactivity. Once again, it appears in ancient medicine, this time among the Aztecs.